FOXBOROUGH — Bill Belichick doesn’t reveal much emotion about many things, but a few questions about Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco made the Patriots coach grin today.
Today, Belichick explained how he and Ochocinco met and how their relationship has evolved over the years. Here are a few highlights
“The first time I met Chad was at USC when I worked him out there on the USC campus, because he is from California – from LA – or he was at that time. [We] kind of ran him into the ground. It was a good workout. It was very impressive.
“He was, I’d say, a little raw coming out of college but very talented and clearly he made the transition very quickly to picking up the skills and techniques and so forth that maybe he didn’t get a chance to do in college. He picked those up in a hurry. [He’s] related to Keyshawn [Johnson], so we kind of stayed in touch with him through the years there and then got to spend some time with him a couple years ago out there at the Pro Bowl.
“I like Chad. I like him as a player. I like him as a person. I like his enthusiasm and the fun he has with football, and I like how he competes on the football field. I have a lot of respect for that. [We’re] an odd couple, but in the end I think we have a lot of things in common.”
Do you follow Ochocinco on Twitter?
Belichick: “No, I don’t do Twitter or MyFace (sic) or any of that stuff.”
Do you think it is wise to avoid trash talking with him?
Belichick: “Chad and I have gotten into it before, but in the end it all comes down to what happens on Sunday out on the field. We’ll do our best; I’m sure he’ll do his best and we’ll see what happens.”
He said he plans to grab a musket from the Patriots End Zone Militia after he scores a touchdown. How are you going to defend that?
Belichick: “We’ll have to pick up a game plan for that one. I haven’t been working on that yet.”