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Rodney defends Bruschi’s comments, and adds his two cents on Ochocinco

09.14.11 at 7:47 pm ET

Rodney Harrison. (AP)

When it comes to the performamce of Chad Ochocinco, Rodney Harrsion agrees with Tedy Bruschi.

One day after Bruschi ripped into Ochocinco on WEEI, saying the wide receiver shouldn’t be in “awe,” and “stop tweeting and get into your playbook,” the former New England safety told ESPN Radio in Chicago that Ochocinco’s stats in the regular-season opener — one catch for 14 yards — were “unacceptable,” and that he should “be an asset and not a liability.”

“You got to understand. Bruschi is an old school Patriot guy,” Harrison told the Waddle & Silvy Show. ”I mean the guy went to three or four, four Super Bowls, won 3 there. And he’s an old school Patriot guy, I mean he’s a die hard guy. No one out-prepares Tedy Bruschi, no one outworks Tedy Bruschi. When I was there I was never in awe, of anything. Because you expect greatness, when you prepare, when you work hard, and when you do the things you’re supposed to do. You expect to have success.

“When we stopped Peyton Manning in the playoffs, and we’d intercept him, we weren’t in awe of Payton Manning. We knew we could go out there and stop him, because that’s what we prepared for. So you look at a guy like Chad Ochoinco, you know that becomes a distraction when you’re tweeting and you’re bringing the fans into the mix. And [Bill] Belichick would always tell us, there’s always something else you can do improve this team, to improve your play. Study more, work harder. Be an asset, don’t be a liability.

“And when you look at Chad Ochocinco’s stats, one catch for 14 yards, that’s unacceptable. And when they were doing all these productive plays, you were on the bench. Tedy’s just like me, and Willie McGinest and all these other guys. Don’t be in awe of the situation, be part of that situation. Make it better. So I think Tedy Bruschi sent a message out to that entire New England Patriot team. This is a different team, they’re a younger team. So Chad Ochocinco, get with the program. He told him exactly right. And it wouldn’t surprise me if Belichick even pulled him to the side.

“You can’t be in awe of Tom Brady and these guys. You’ve seen this happen in a short training camp. You know, you’ve played against Brady. You played against a lot of these championship teams. Why are you in awe? It just becomes a distraction. Like Tedy said, ‘Hey man, be part of the program.’”

Ochocinco was not available for comment on Wednesday, but Brady defended the wide receiver, saying he has no problems with Ochocinco.

“Everyone has an opinion on everything, and none of it really means anything,” Brady said when asked about Bruschi’s comments. “The only thing that means anything are the guys in this locker room and what we do every day in practice.”

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