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Houshmandzadeh fails to deliver, says it's not his fault

We’ve got no specific issue with the Seahawks.  (Other than, you know, those hideous green jerseys, which have screwed up our televisions — and our retinas.)

But our commitment to exposing those who deserve to be exposed knows the boundaries of no team names or colors, and the Seahawks have on their roster a guy who deserves to be exposed.

Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh chased the best offer he found in free agency to the Pacific Northwest.  And he has been running his mouth ever since.

“I just want to let everyone know that Matt Hasselbeck and I will be
leading the Seahawks to the playoffs this season
,” Houshmandzadeh told Sporting News in June.  “And we’ll be going to the Pro Bowl as a tandem.  We’re
both going to have top five seasons:  He’ll have a top five quarterback
season, and I’ll have a top five receiving season.  I’ll put up stats
I’ve never had before yardswise because they’re allowing me to be a
complete receiver.”

Houshmandzadeh also has expressed annoyance at the autograph requests he received in Cincinnati, explained away the fact that he wasn’t getting any such requests in Seattle because of all the “millionaires” who live there, and griped about his Madden rating of 91 — which based on his first three games in blue and radioactive green is about 16 points too high.

Most recently, he called out the Bears for not pursuing him in free agency, and Houshmandzadeh declared that he’d be open “95 percent” of the time against the Bears on Sunday.

The end result?  Four catches, 35 yards, no touchdowns, and a lost fumble.

Houshmandzadeh’s explanation?  “I was open all game,” he said, per the Chicago Tribune.  “They just didn’t throw me the ball.”

This guy could indeed be the worst of all the diva receivers we’ve seen.  Because, typically, the players who think their ability to run and catch footballs and score touchdowns causes the unpleasant aroma to disappear from the byproduct of their consumption of food adopt that attitude only after they have shown that they can run and catch footballs and score touchdowns.

Houshmandzadeh has placed the cart far in front of the horse.  Currently, he’s on track to become the next Alvin Harper or Peerless Price.  So, in our view, his best bet would be to humble himself and to focus on perfecting his craft.

That might cause him to regard us as “haters.”  But, actually, if we were “haters,” we’d just sit back, shut our mouths, fold our arms, and smile.

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43 Responses to “Houshmandzadeh fails to deliver, says it's not his fault”
  1. Bigbluefan says: Sep 28, 2009 8:07 AM

    It is the kickers fault for missing the FG’s
    TJ has come out of the closet in Seahag land and I bet part of his problem is he is pissed that he had to go to Seahag land to get a big payday
    His replacement in Cincy had a great day yesterday

  2. DailyNorseman says: Sep 28, 2009 8:09 AM

    Dear T.J.,
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking your stupid, selfish ass to Seattle and not signing with Minnesota. Had the Vikings wasted the money on you, they probably wouldn’t have drafted Percy Harvin, who is already a superior football player and a superior person to you.
    Enjoy your trip to 6-10ville, and we’re very much looking forward to your visit to the Dome this year.
    Sincerely,
    Vikings Fans Everywhere

  3. Tommy_Blah05 says: Sep 28, 2009 8:12 AM

    What a douche bag. He never really seemed this bad when he played for the Bengals. I bet he wishes he could have been part of that big Bengals win yesterday.

  4. TheDPR says: Sep 28, 2009 8:17 AM

    Did you watch the game Mike? I did.
    So I watched the entire game. Housh is right. He’s open a lot and doesn’t get a look. One particular third down incompletion to Carlson (among several), Housh wasn’t even covered and still didn’t get a look; it isn’t that he got open, HE WASN’T EVEN COVERED.
    Wallace doesn’t look outside consistently. He’s similar to Trent Edwards in that way. When he hits a wideout it’s very often in the middle of the field. I don’t know if he doubts his arm throwing outside or if he just lacks the field vision to do so.
    So Housh isn’t getting the yards or TDs. Yet.

  5. tv says: Sep 28, 2009 8:17 AM

    As divas go his is, at best, an underling to the likes of TO, OchoSinko, and, especially, Crabtree.
    But, with a bit of nurturing, he can in fact climb to the top of the diva mountain. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

  6. leatherneck says: Sep 28, 2009 8:21 AM

    Perhaps Chad Ocho Johnson Cinco was not the diva in Cincy.

  7. Bill In DC says: Sep 28, 2009 8:23 AM

    Is this guy like, TO’s little brother or something? At least TO has done something, unlike Hush.
    BTW, I’m suing the Seahawks, those jerseys burned spots in my HD TV.

  8. Ravens Section 553 says: Sep 28, 2009 8:27 AM

    He is nothing more than a number two reciever that someone was dumb enough to pay number one money.

  9. realityonetwo says: Sep 28, 2009 8:35 AM

    Not sure I agree completely, TheDPR, but you hit the nail on the head about Trent Edwards. I’d love to hear what all the talking heads who’ve been praising that guy have to say now after yesterday’s debacle. Edwards is as horrible now as he ever was.

  10. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Sep 28, 2009 8:44 AM

    THIS BLOG HAS BEEN COMPROMISED BY NBC SPONSORSHIP. FLORIO HAS SOLD OUT. IF ANY OTHER BROADCASTER HAD JOKED ABOUT DRINKING AND DRIVING, THE WAY AL MICHAELS DID LAST NIGHT, FLORIO WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL OVER THEM. FREE THIS BLOG!!!!!

  11. bearsrule says: Sep 28, 2009 8:44 AM

    Hey TJ, thanks for the fumble. Couldn’t have won without you. By the way, the “they’ you refer to is Seneca Wallace. Discuss it with him. Thanks again for contributing to a Bears win !

  12. minimafiaaj says: Sep 28, 2009 8:54 AM

    ha ha dude is a tool. thats why my bears made him cough up a fumble

  13. BillsFan27 says: Sep 28, 2009 9:02 AM

    “Houshmandzadeh” means “turd receiver” in football lingo.
    And meanwhile, the Bengals are 2-1 without him.

  14. Quagmire says: Sep 28, 2009 9:03 AM

    When he said “I just want to let everyone know that Matt Hasselbeck and I will be leading the Seahawks to the playoffs this season,” he meant he would buy tickets & rent a bus.

  15. Bengalguy says: Sep 28, 2009 9:09 AM

    Seems to me , since Douchmanzadeh left the Bengals, they’ve been a more cohesive unit and Chad is back to his old playful/productive self. Marvin Lewis said in the offseason he had dispossed of some of the trash, I have a feeling TJ was the one he was talking about!!!!

  16. StrengthOfFates says: Sep 28, 2009 9:30 AM

    This guy is such a loser, so glad we didn’t overpay is ass. While TJ is in Seattle catching 8 yard passes, fumbling, and losing – his replacement is in Cincy catching game winning touchdowns and doing the things that TJ always complained about doing.
    Oh yeah, and get used to his phantom back injury, Seattle. He used that as an excuse in Cincy to get out of practicing.

  17. saaz300942 says: Sep 28, 2009 9:33 AM

    So glad the Vikings didn’t sign him.

  18. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Sep 28, 2009 9:40 AM

    I hear that NBC sponsorship has compromised this blog.

  19. BelovedBears says: Sep 28, 2009 9:46 AM

    The Seahawk is a bird and it looks like it’s flying south.

  20. ScootyPuffJunior says: Sep 28, 2009 10:05 AM

    Outside of Carolina extending Jake Delhomo’s contract, the Seahawks signing a declining number 2 reciever with number 1 money is the worst move of this past offseason.

  21. Tushix says: Sep 28, 2009 10:07 AM

    Dear T.J.
    Keep running your mouth please. I love the fact that you are not a Bengal anymore, granted you made a ton of tough catches you are writing checks that you butt can’t cash. So let me remind you what the N.F.L. stands for NOT FOR LONG. btw Bengals 2-1 Seahawks 1-2 SCOREBOARD

  22. Drat says: Sep 28, 2009 10:14 AM

    I liked the electric green jerseys. They are not hideous like those orange jerseys of the Bears, the Jets’ throwbacks, any team still wearing that awful teal color that was popular 18 years ago, the old sherbet jerseys of the Bucs (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I would rather watch the green even over those bluntly ugly blue-and-orange Broncos jerseys with the Nike swoosh.

  23. lololnpnp says: Sep 28, 2009 10:15 AM

    “Because, typically, the players who think their ability to run and catch footballs and score touchdowns causes the unpleasant aroma to disappear from the byproduct of their consumption of food adopt that attitude only after they have shown that they can run and catch footballs and score touchdowns.”
    Run-on much? A little punctuation can go a long way.

  24. Wonderlic--myballs says: Sep 28, 2009 10:24 AM

    DailyNorseman- My thoughts 100%. Great take.

  25. MikeF says: Sep 28, 2009 10:25 AM

    Drat says:
    September 28, 2009 10:14 AM
    I liked the electric green jerseys. They are not hideous like those orange jerseys of the Bears, the Jets’ throwbacks, any team still wearing that awful teal color that was popular 18 years ago, the old sherbet jerseys of the Bucs (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I would rather watch the green even over those bluntly ugly blue-and-orange Broncos jerseys with the Nike swoosh.
    __________________________________
    The Jets’ throwback uniforms (an interpretation of the erstwhile Titans’ outfits) are simple, tasteful. The others are garish garbage.

  26. jonnyweir says: Sep 28, 2009 10:26 AM

    Houshmanzadeh?
    More like Douchemanzadeh.

  27. stanjam says: Sep 28, 2009 10:29 AM

    Hmm, he said he was going to the playoffs AND the pro bowl? Must mean he doesn’t think they are good enough to get to the Superbowl. Since the pro bowl is the week before the SB this year, no one from the Superbowl teams will be participating, unless they are utter fools.
    It was a big hint to us here in NE when BB said he would love to have Ocho on his team, but didn’t mention this diva.

  28. VoxVeritas says: Sep 28, 2009 10:50 AM

    “Where you at, 85?” – TJ Douchemanzadeh

  29. nflallyear says: Sep 28, 2009 10:54 AM

    Thank you for this wonderful article. I had no idea you could see in the future and write about Crabtree as though he was already signed by someone.
    What?
    This is about someone else who’s never delievered?
    Oh. Never Mind.

  30. wydok says: Sep 28, 2009 11:19 AM

    I don’t remember this guy being such a d-bag when he was with the Bengals.

  31. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 28, 2009 11:23 AM

    One of the glaring weaknesses of PFT is that it lacks a real NFL guy, an ex-coach or scout that can break down game film. It would be interesting to see if T.J. was open as much as he said- was Senca Wallace more or less to blame than T.J.? Would Matt have changed things?
    PFT is willing to write this guy off, but is not willing to do enough background work to find the truth. Hard to make a difference if you rarely get the ball.
    Florio- there is more to covering the NFL than stating your opinion, posting twitter comments, hammering ESPN and making fun of Brett Favre. Get a real NFL guy, right now you have a bunch of NFL writers with exactly 0% of actual NFL game knowledge. You guys must kill at fantasy football though…

  32. Beer Cheese Soup says: Sep 28, 2009 11:24 AM

    I thought those jerseys were supposed to just be an April Fool’s joke. Clearly they should have been. That was painful to watch.
    Houshmandzadeh was never meant to be a #1 WR. He’s had Chad Johnson (I refuse to call him anything else) taking coverage off of him since his 2nd year of college, no wonder he was always open. Now he’s across from Deion Branch, and mad that Seneca was smart enough not to throw to him when he was in double/triple coverage all damn game. You got your money TJ, that’s what you wanted. Now work on getting open and maybe you’ll get the ball.
    Or wait a couple of weeks. Hasselbeck isn’t quite as smart with his throws as Seneca has been.

  33. Kodiakal Karnage says: Sep 28, 2009 11:26 AM

    Simply saying ” a lost fumble” doesn’t do it justice–he was flat out mugged, jacked up, stripped, robbed, OWNED, the ball TAKEN from his dumbass like bully kicking sand on weakling at the beach.
    Plus Briggs sent his crybaby excuse-makingass to the sideline on another hit/incompletion earlier in the game.
    I wish more players would talk trash on the Bears’ secondary.

  34. sdigre says: Sep 28, 2009 11:31 AM

    Bengals 3-0. (left the team)
    Vikings 3-0 (met with team, didn’t accept offer)
    Bears 2-1 (should be 3-0, as they did beat the packers)
    huh.
    Cincinnati breeds some kind of receivers!

  35. marcduke says: Sep 28, 2009 12:20 PM

    “As divas go his is, at best, an underling to the likes of TO, OchoSinko, and, especially, Crabtree.
    But, with a bit of nurturing, he can in fact climb to the top of the diva mountain. After all, ROMO wasn’t built UP a day.”
    -Fixed it for ya.

  36. CycloneFlyer says: Sep 28, 2009 12:55 PM

    Maybe Housh doesn’t realize how lucky he was to play with an all-pro QB like Palmer. Hasselbeck is a suitable QB, but you can’t argue Palmer isn’t better.
    THANK YOU HOUSHMANZADEH for not signing with the Vikings. I was bummed when you chose Seattle, but you made the right choice. Money chaser ain’t gonna win a Super Bowl with Seattle while MN is going all the way.
    VIKINGS!!! Peterson! Harvin! Favre! Here we go!!!!

  37. scrapdawg12 says: Sep 28, 2009 1:05 PM

    Just shut up. If you were open, you’d get the ball

  38. jwill007 says: Sep 28, 2009 1:13 PM

    Coles and Caldwell have replaced them and both play football shut their mouths and say ABSOLUTELY nothing….GREAT TEAM Players!…..

  39. PimP JuicE MaN says: Sep 28, 2009 1:38 PM

    HOUSHMANZADEH, IS BUSY COUNTING HIS MONEY, HE WILL COMMENT LATE.
    WHOSEYAMOMA

  40. texasPHINSfan says: Sep 28, 2009 2:00 PM

    i was at the game yesterday (i actually live in Seattle and the Seahawks are my #2 team).
    Housh was open at times, and Seneca isn’t the best QB, but Housh isn’t nearly as good as he thinks he is.
    the saddest thing of all – the crowd LOVES this guy. Everytime he touches the ball, the stadium erupts “HOOOOUUUUSSSSHHHHH!” about 30% of the jerseys you’ll see walking around Qwest are Houshmanzadeh jerseys.
    What has this guy done? He’s just another Deion Branch – a guy who came here as a marginal #1/#2 guy demanding huge money. IMO he fleeced the hawks, has gotten nothing but loving adoration from the fans, and he still talks. He needs to shut the hell up & play. I’m guessing the fumble wasn’t his fault either, right?

  41. antneejay2 says: Sep 28, 2009 2:01 PM

    Greatest jerseys ever.

  42. Voyager6 says: Sep 28, 2009 8:22 PM

    I keep looking at the boxscore and see Housh is consistantly third in number of catches and yards. Is he the new #3 receiver?

  43. ForTheStrips says: Sep 29, 2009 3:23 PM

    I regreted TJ signing with Seattle last year. Now I’m not so sure. When he played for the Bengals, he was one of the most consistent players they had. Always managing to make the tough catches, even when they were losing. Also, he showed a lot of class, THEN. I know he signed for more money, but also with a team he expected to get into the playoffs with. Well, he’s reached half of his goal. I expect he’ll be at home AGAIN when the season end. Sorry Seattle, since he’ll be watching the Bengals this time. WhoDey!

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