Houshmandzadeh previously has detailed the Bengals’ past cheapness

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We recently pieced together the various bread crumbs pointing to Joe Burrow potentially hoping that the Bengals won’t draft him. Past comments from one of the people who is working with Burrow before the draft adds to the pile.

In 2018, former Bengals receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh explained to Colin Cowherd the various ways in which Bengals owner Mike Brown has been extremely careful with money.

Houshmandzadeh said that the Bengals used to lock up water and Gatorade after practice, that they provided used jockstraps to players, and that on the night before home games they didn’t take the team to a local hotel.

“We stayed at home,” Houshmandzadeh said. “So as a rookie you figure, ‘Oh, I was inactive last week, I’m gonna be inactive this week.’ You’d go out. You’d go out and just go straight from the club to the stadium on Sunday.”

That changed, Houshmandzadeh said, when Marvin Lewis became the head coach. But Mike Brown continues to own the team. And he continues to understand the connection between minimizing expenses and maximizing profits.

Houshmandzadeh has said publicly that he and others who know how the Bengals do business won’t be saying bad things about the Bengals to Burrow. But with Houshmandzadeh already saying negative things publicly, he doesn’t need to say anything privately to Burrow.

Actually, nothing Houshmandzadeh says should matter much. Former Bengals franchise quarterback Carson Palmer, a No. 1 overall pick, already has said it all. He believes based on his time with the team (and with other teams) that the Bengals aren’t trying to win a Super Bowl. If that’s what Palmer believes, how can anyone who hasn’t spent years with the Bengals disagree?

Indeed, in the two weeks since Palmer said what he said, not a single current or former Bengals player has come forward to say that Palmer is wrong. Which serves only to strengthen the perception that Palmer knows what he’s talking about.

12 responses to “Houshmandzadeh previously has detailed the Bengals’ past cheapness

  1. “We stayed at home,” Houshmandzadeh said. “So as a rookie you figure, ‘Oh, I was inactive last week, I’m gonna be inactive this week.’ You’d go out. You’d go out and just go straight from the club to the stadium on Sunday.”
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    I get what TJ is saying but, when you get paid serious money it’s up to the individual to take their job seriously. If not then someone will seriously take your job from you.

  2. factschecker says:
    February 10, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    “We stayed at home,” Houshmandzadeh said. “So as a rookie you figure, ‘Oh, I was inactive last week, I’m gonna be inactive this week.’ You’d go out. You’d go out and just go straight from the club to the stadium on Sunday.”
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    I get what TJ is saying but, when you get paid serious money it’s up to the individual to take their job seriously. If not then someone will seriously take your job from you.
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    Individual responsibility only goes so far when you’re dealing with a roster of 53+ players and roughly 20 coaches. An organization needs structure and accountability. That said, this is all moot point, because Houshmandzadeh was talking about 2001-2002, when he came into the league. The Bengals haven’t operated that way in nearly 20 years.

  3. Let’s compare the Dolphins to the Bengals over the last decade and see which organization has looked like it wants to win a Super Bowl. It’s not even close. Now imagine if the Bengals had a big game QB instead of Andy Dalton on those playoff teams. Mike Brown is stuck in the Stone Age, no doubt about that, but whoever is making the decisions for him now is at least better than the guys running things in Miami.

  4. You would think this kid would tell everyone around him including his father to keep their mouths shut. Or at least come out publicly and say that this is not your opinion.

  5. Plus, Houshmanzedah was an Intern Coach for the Bengals a few years ago to help and learn during training camp.

    But none of that will be mentioned.

    Nor will it be mentioned that when Palmer quit, the Bengals got better. Heck, beat Oakland 34-10 the next season. I guess Oakland wasn’t committed to winning Super Bowls either.

  6. It’s so much Mike Brown is cheap – He did make Carson the highest paid player at the time of his contract. It’s just with the brain-trust being attorneys and accountants they do not know how to run a successful NFL franchise. It took until Marvin Lewis showed them how but some things they still don’t get…..

  7. Why hasn’t the NFL stepped in here? If an owner is bad for their team and not committed to winning, what does that say to the rest of the league owners and the brand?

  8. How can Palmer say Mike Brown doesn’t want to win super bowl? If Palmer’s knee was not destroyed in the playoff game they were very likely headed to the super bowl that year. If Palmer didn’t quit he would have been throwing bombs to AJ Green and who knows who would have been picked in round two when they were forced by cry baby Palmer to pick Dalton. Palmer could have been part of a five year run at the Playoffs and most likely would have fared better than The Andy version of the Bengals.

  9. The Bengals went to 5 straight playoffs after Palmer was traded, yet we’re still taking Palmer’s word that The Bengals don’t want to win? I’m never going to defend Mike Brown, but the simple fact is that the team got better when Carson left. Perhaps he’s a little sore still?

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