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Brian Billick on D&C: Chad Ochocinco needs to ‘take it down a notch’

08.11.11 at 10:16 am ET

Fox NFL analyst and former coach Brian Billick joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning with guest hosts Dale Arnold and Steve DeOssie to discuss the preseason, Chad Ochocinco and other Patriots and NFL news. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Asked what Patriots coach Bill Belichick is thinking after acquiring Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth, Billick said that the coach should be pleased with the deals.

“He’s thinking, ‘Boy am I getting a great value,’ ” Billick said. “I think he is. The New England Patriots have been brilliant about getting players with specific roles in mind at just the right time in their career. Now, there is a little bit of a risk, but when you have the cache that coach Belichick and the New England Patriots have, you can extend yourself, take a little bit more of a gamble than maybe some other teams. Because ultimately the price you’re paying for them is something you can walk away from very readily. I think they are going to do well.”

Billick had high praise for Ochocinco ‘€” when the receiver is focused.

“You’ve got to love this young man, you love his energy,” he said. “He is a phenomenal player. I hope he begins finally to recognize ‘€” and him going through his antics he’s going through right now I am not sure he has ‘€” but I hope he has a chance in New England to learn the way he just drained his teams with some of the incessant things that he does. If he could just take it down a notch, he could really emerge as a huge factor for them.”

Added Billick: “It’s hard to fault him because he works hard. ‘€¦ [Bengals coach Marvin Lewis] loved this kid, he loved his passion for the game. He did work hard. It’s just, some of the antics ‘€” like I said, you’re asking a lot of your team to absorb the emotional impact of the stuff that the does. Is it semi-harmless? Sure. But after awhile it wears you out, and there are so many things in this game that wear you out, you don’t need this on top of it and that’s the thing I think he’s missing and doesn’t understand.”

Billick also expects Haynesworth to contribute.

“I think they are going to get good play out of Albert Haynesworth,” he said. “I think he is smart enough to know ‘€” and the odd thing is I think they’re going to ask him to do a lot of the same things they wanted to do in Washington that he was so adverse to. But now he has an opportunity.”

This preseason will be different than any other because of a shortened training camp and the limited time available to check out new players.

“This is going to be very interesting and for no other reason than the lack of exposure you have to your rookies,” Billick said. “I have talked to a number of different coaches and it is interesting the different approaches that everyone is taking. It is not going to be standard operating procedure. Typically, you want to have your veterans get about 100 snaps in the preseason, a series or two in the first one, maybe a half in the second and third, and not have to play them in the fourth. I think because of the lack of offseason and lack of training camp, and the fact that you’ve had such little look at the young players on your squad, I think you’ll see a limited or a more limited presence of veterans this weekend because you need to get a look at these young players.”

The Patriots and Jets are expected to battle for AFC East supremacy. Billick was asked which team he considers the favorite.

“Well, if you ask Rex Ryan, I think he will tell you they are,” Billick joked. “The matchup obviously that they have with the New England Patriots, I don’t know if you could call it 1 or 1A. I think the Jets have done a good job of mitigating the losses they had in free agency, I think they have kind of stayed status quo, which is OK because they are a pretty good football team. New England has been strategic and not had any major losses. I think it is going to be head to head together. I’d be uncomfortable calling it one way or the other.”

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