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Was TJ the Problem In the Bengals Locker Room?

Posted on: September 29, 2009 9:25 am
Edited on: September 29, 2009 9:26 am

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

Posted by Mike Florio on September 28, 2009 8:03 AM ETWe'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.

Maybe it wasn't Chad? Maybe TJ was the one who made the Bengals locker room so selfish? After reading this I almost hope the Seahawks crash and burn and the Bengals make the playoffs. Maybe this is why the Bengals didn't franchise TJ?? The next Alvin Harper comment made me chuckle. I admit I was always a big fan of TJ... But, I guess we are seeing the real TJ now?

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2009 9:02 pm

Was TJ the Problem In the Bengals Locker Room?

I would have to agree that he was a problem(maybe not the biggest one), but a problem nonetheless. He was never the number 1 receiver here, and maybe he thought he was better than Chad. He always got a whole lot of catches, but his average per was under 6,any tight end can do that. He is a good 3rd down receiver because he has good hands, but was never a deep threat. When he was here, there were just as many 84 jerseys in the crowd on game day as there was 85's. He had 2 or 3 good years, but I think Carson had a lot to do with that(and Hasselback is no Palmer). I think he just started listening to his agent telling him how good he was, and his head swelled.

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2009 12:37 am

Was TJ the Problem In the Bengals Locker Room?

yeah i was wandering what was up with him . I have him on my fantasy team and hes only had one good game. I saw him on cribs didnt seem like a bad guy but better get his act together.

Since: May 29, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2009 11:03 am

Was TJ the Problem In the Bengals Locker Room?

The offense was explosive when it was healthy and had a quality running back (Rudi is the last one that comes to mind).

Benson is filling in very nicely to give you a run game, so the offense moves.  Not as explosively as it used to, but still moves. 

The emergence of defense and seemed to be the difference.  When Odom went down, the results speak for themselves.  The pass rush really messes with opposing QB's

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2009 6:47 pm

Was TJ the Problem In the Bengals Locker Room? may be right.  He has been running his mouth an awful lot.  Always like Housch, but there does seem to be harmony in Bengal land.  Probably just because we're winning, but I'll take it.

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