Bengals’ hotel habits make Jon Kitna’s claim of a drunk receiver in the huddle more plausible

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Former Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna recently said that a teammate in Cincinnati was once “drunk in the huddle” during a game. The team’s hotel habits for home games makes that situation more plausible.

Former Bengals receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh previously told Colin Cowherd that the Bengals at one point did not gather the team at a hotel the night before home games.

“Everybody stayed in hotels for every home game, every team I’ve been on,” Houshmandzadeh said. “When I first got to the Bengals, we stayed at home. So, as a rookie, you figure, ‘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.”

Houshmandzadeh arrived in Cincinnati as a rookie in 2001. He stayed for eight seasons. Kitna also joined the Bengals in 2001, staying for five years.

The Bengals have a reputation for being notoriously careful with money. By letting players stay at home the night before home games, they avoided the expense of putting so many people in hotel rooms. It’s unclear when the practice ended, but it helps explain the ability of a player to be drunk in the huddle if, as Houshmandzadeh said, players were going “straight from the club to the stadium on Sunday.”

7 responses to “Bengals’ hotel habits make Jon Kitna’s claim of a drunk receiver in the huddle more plausible

  1. This was right as Marvin Lewis took over as coach. Guessing this was a transitional period where he was just figuring out that the Bengals did not have the veteran leadership that the Ravens had at that point and that the Brian Billick method of non-discipline would not be working in Cincinnati.

  2. I think Housh is exaggerating a little. The bars close at 2:30am in the area.. maybe they were partying at a house though.

  3. The Bengals have a reputation for being notoriously careful with money.

    That’s only partly accurate. They love to spend the taxpayers’ money. Let’s be honest though….who’s really surprised by this? I don’t know why anyone would want to play for a franchise as cheap as the Bengals.

  4. I really thought Burrow should have told the Bengals not to draft him or if they did, he would demand a trade. If I was in his shoes, there is no way I would want to play for such a cheap franchise. They did virtually nothing to improve the offensive line last off season even though they knew it was awful and they knew they were drafting Burrow. Was it a surprise he got crushed before he blew out his knee?

  5. Kitna/Housh have to be talking about Ocho Cinco no? I mean the guy, as awesome as he was, changed his name to Ocho Cinco…

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