Tag:T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:54 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 3:38 pm

Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

JacksonBy Josh Katzowitz

Whatever faults you  might find with Bengals owner Mike Brown -- and I haven’t been ashamed in pointing them out -- you never can begrudge the man his loyalty. And he made another example of that today as the Bengals have announced they’ve hired former Raiders coach (and former Bengals receivers coach) Hue Jackson as an assistant helping the secondary and special teams*.

Jackson, you might recall, was fired only one season into his Oakland tenure after leading the team to an 8-8 record and trading first- and second-round picks to the Bengals for quarterback Carson Palmer.

*It should be noted that Jackson doesn't appear to have ever coached defense, though he did work with special teams when he was at Cal State-Fullerton in 1990 and the World League's London Monarchs in 1991. So yeah, this totally seems like a loyalty hire.

After Al Davis’ death and the hiring of general manager Reggie McKenzie, Jackson’s stay with the Raiders was doomed. Particularly after he tore into his team following a Week 17 loss, saying he was pissed off and disappointed. “I’m going to take a stronger hand in this whole team, in this whole organization,” Jackson said at the time. “There ain’t no way that I’m going to feel like I feel today a year from now. I promise you that."

Well, that’s totally true now, because Jackson should be in Cincinnati in Week 17 of 2012.

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It’s a place where he spent 2004-06, helping mold Chad Ochocinco and T.J. Houshmandzadeh into two of the better receivers in the league. And while he had the Raiders in the race for an AFC West title this year -- until, that is, a guy named Tim Tebow emerged for the Broncos -- McKenzie decided to bring in his own coach after the season.

“A the end of the day, I didn’t win enough games, didn’t get to the playoffs,” Jackson said in January. “Once Mark (Davis, Al’s son) saw where the franchise was, after he hired Reggie, he gave Reggie the opportunity to bring in his own coach.”

There has been speculation on who actually brokered the trade that seems like it’ll pay off awfully well for the Bengals -- Jackson now says he only helped bring the Raiders and Bengals together and that those on a higher pay-grade made the final decision.

But now, Jackson is in the strange position to see how the deal works out from the opposite side of where he was when he first helped make it.

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Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:26 pm

Raiders sign Houshmandzadeh to join Palmer

HoushmandzadehPosted by Josh Katzowitz

It looks like Cincinnati West has added another member. After hiring former Bengals receivers coach Hue Jackson this past offseason and then signing Carson Palmer as the future starting quarterback a few weeks ago, Oakland has announced the team has added former Bengals receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Will Brinson wrote Monday that this was a distinct possibility, considering Jackson admitted to reporters that the team would work out Houshmandzadeh to see if he had anything left.

With Palmer in Cincinnati, Houshmandzadeh was one of the premier slot receivers in the game, becoming a consistent third-down pass-catcher who wasn’t afraid to make a reception across the middle of the field.

But after leaving the Bengals, Houshmandzadeh hasn’t been nearly as effective. He caught 79 passes for 911 yards in Seattle in 2009, but he created enough problems with the front office that the Seahawks excommunicated him from the team after one season. He played with the Ravens last year, but he was mostly irrelevant (30 catches, 398 yards), except for his complaining.

Like Palmer, though, he’s probably hoping the magical waters of Hue Jackson can revitalize a career that seemingly has stalled out by joining his former quarterback on the new Cincinnati West squad. Next up on the Raiders docket: sign former Bengals Rudi Johnson, Willie Anderson and Dhani Jones.

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Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:55 pm

Raiders will work out Houshmandzadeh Tuesday

Posted by Will Brinson

In an obvious attempt to recreate the magic of the Cincinnati Bengals, the Raiders are bringing in receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a workout on Tuesday.

The rumored workout gained enough steam that reporters asked Raiders coach Hue Jackson about the possibility of bringing in Housh, and he confirmed that Oakland would check the wide receiver out on Tuesday.

"No we have not [worked out Houshmandzadeh]," Jackson said Monday. "T.J. will work out here tomorrow. I know everybody keeps saying, 'Has he worked out?' and this, that and the other. No, he’ll work out tomorrow. We’ll bring him in tomorrow and take a good look at him."

Besides the connection between Jackson (former wide receivers coach for the Bengals), Houshmandzadeh had the best years of his career catching the ball from new Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer, and worked out with Palmer during the offseason.

However, Houshmandzadeh's been largely ineffective since leaving Cincinnati -- he caught 79 passes for 911 yards with the Seahawks in 2009 after signing a big free-agent deal, was released and latched on in Baltimore during the 2010 season, when he caught just 30 balls for 398 yards.

Houshmandzadeh worked out the with Pats this offseason but never caught on. And even though he's had success with Jackson and Palmer before, if he ends up signing with the Raiders, it's hard to imagine him providing any sort of real upgrade for Oakland.

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Posted on: September 18, 2011 10:49 am

Palmer working out with Housh, staying 'ready'

Posted by Will Brinson

Despite the Bengals wealth of success so far in 2011 -- Andy Dalton looks good, Bruce Gradkowski's heaving touchdown passes to A.J. Green on random trick plays, you know, the usual -- the whole "What is Carson Palmer doing?" question still lingers given how much the retired quarterback might fetch on the trade market.

Well, here's an answer: he's staying in shape by working out with T.J. Houshmandzadeh and, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, "has not closed the door on playing football."

Oh, and hanging out on USC campus, drinking beer (note the special edition red Bud Light can he's rocking, plus camo koozie) and watching football, according to a fella named "USC Psycho" who took a picture of Palmer kicking it at a Trojans tailgate on Saturday and posted it on Twitter.

Palmer, as you probably know, threatened to retire if the Bengals didn't trade him. Per LaCanfora, there were teams interested -- the Seahawks, the 49ers and the Dolphins, specifically -- approached the Bengals about Palmer's availability.

But Brown wouldn't budget, refused to trade Palmer, and now Carson's retired. As LaCanfora writes, in the event that Brown has "a change of heart" before the trade deadline, "Palmer will be ready."

That's pretty unlikely, given how Brown's handled the situation thus far. On the bright side, Palmer's life can't be all that horrible right now either.

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Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:31 pm

Gurode to visit NE; what would Haynesworth think?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When the Cowboys released center Andre Gurode, we should have known he’d eventually earn a visit with the Patriots. After all, New England has been the epicenter of the NFL’s revitalization clinic. And why not? As Albert Haynesworth says, New England is the greatest place on earth!!!.

Aside from Haynesworth, the Patriots have thrown a lifeline to Chad Ochocinco and tried out Clinton Portis and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (those last two obviously didn’t work out).

Now, it’s Gurode’s turn to visit the New England coaches, as reported by the Boston Herald.

And if you thought that Steve Smith-LeSean McCoy was, um, slightly awkward, what will happen if Gurode and Haynesworth are playing on the same team? Click the video below to refresh your memory. I imagine it wouldn't be a happy reunion.

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Posted on: August 14, 2011 10:33 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 6:28 am

Patriots working out T.J. Houshmandzadeh Monday?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Patriots are housing some discarded veterans leading up to the 2011 season (though there's no telling how long that will last) and they might not be finished yet, as they will reportedly work out veteran wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Monday.

That's according to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, who's told that Housh will be in Foxboro on Monday for a visit with Bill Belichick and company.

Houshmandzadeh established himself as a Pro-Bowler while catching passes alongside current Patriot Chad Ochocinco when the two played together with the Bengals, but bolted for more money in Seattle.

After struggling to live up to his $40 million deal in a 911-yard, 79-catch year with the Seahawks, Houshmandzadeh was released and latched on with the Ravens in 2010.

He started just two games and caught just 30 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns and made most of his noise during his one-year deal off the field with some unhappy comments.

Houshmandzadeh's been a free agent since then there hasn't been a whole lot of rumblings about where he could/would land. Now it appears that Bill Belichick is just dead-set on turning the Patriots into a reality TV show Bengals east.

Either that or Belichick's growing concerned about injuries to wideouts, as Julian Edelman, Brandon Tate and Taylor Price have all missed practice and preseason action recently.

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Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 1:07 pm

Houshmandzadeh says not to count out T.O.

OwensPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Apparently, the revelation that Bengals WR Terrell Owens tore his ACL doing … well, something and underwent surgery that could keep him out as much as six months was not news to Ravens WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh. He told the National Football Post he’s known this fact for months.

“Hopefully, it's not too severe and he'll be back soon,” Houshmandzadeh said. “He had a good year last year. I wouldn't ever count him out."

Houshmandzadeh is right. Owens had a solid season last year, wrestling the Bengals No. 1 WR spot away from Chad Ochocinco and catching 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. He’ll turn 38 in December, but as of last season, he still was a legit player in the league.

CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman has already reported that Owens has talked with several people about the possibility of retiring, but it also wouldn’t be a shock to see Owens try to return for another season (especially since his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has been saying that very thing today).

"He just speaks his mind," Houshmandzadeh said. "Sometimes, guys have something to prove. He has proved a lot. When I first met T.O., he was always real cool with me. I never had a problem with him. They talked about him like a dog in the media, but T.O. is a good dude. People just don't know him the way players in the NFL know him."

Yes, I'm sure Donovan McNabb and Tony Romo would be more than happy to vouch for Owens being "a good dude."

UPDATE (1:06 p.m. ET): According to the AP, via ESPN's Sportscenter, Rosenhaus said Owens could be good to go by August.

"The old injury has been repaired," Rosenhaus said. "He is many months into recovery and doing fantastic. No predictions on training camp, but he comes back fast from injuries. I won't rule him out of anything. He will be a starting receiver for someone this year."

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Posted on: January 20, 2011 10:06 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 11:30 pm

What will become of the Bengals offense?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATE (11:28 p.m.):
Well, maybe Bratkowski isn't as safe as Lewis led us to believe. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, Marvin Lewis and former Vikings coach Brad Childress were spotted having dinner together tonight.

An interesting twist, eh?


We mentioned it earlier in Hot Routes, but I wanted to bring up once again the assumption that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis will NOT terminate offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski – who’s been in the position for more than a decade, longer than Lewis has been head coach.

C. Benson might not return to Cincinnati next season if offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski is back. (Quick aside about Bratkowski: aside from game day and from events that demand you cover your legs, you never see the guy in pants. He ALWAYS wears shorts. Twenty degrees outside at practice? Bratkowski wears shorts. Figure skating at Fountain Square in the snow? Bratkowski wears shorts. An expedition to the North Pole? Shorts.)

The Bengals fans seem fed up with Bratkowski, who put together some wonderful offenses in the middle of this decade (Carson Palmer, Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Rudi Johnson, etc.) but lately has not had the winning formula. That’s with the exception of last season when Cincinnati became a run-based offense that, perhaps not coincidentally, won the AFC North.

And this season was brutal. Palmer has completely regressed. Benson was overlooked at times. Ochocinco had the worst season of his career. So, why does it appear that Lewis will keep Bratkowski when it seems like the offensive coordinator’s tenure has grown rather stale?

Um, it’s kind of hard to tell. Read this quote and see if you can figure it out.

“(Fans) are clamoring for heads and I understand that. Right now at this point I’m not ready to give them heads yet and we’ll see what happens,” Lewis said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I understand the frustration. If we lop some heads maybe we’ll get better but maybe we wouldn’t but that’s what I’m looking at. Minimal might make things better and more productive. Making major changes rather than an overhaul of the system. A new system is harder than an overhaul and looking how we do it.”

Maybe part of the reason Lewis won’t fire Bratkowski is because owner Mike Brown won’t allow it. Other than that, it’s hard to figure why Lewis would keep his OC (Bratkowski being a nice guy and an extremely quotable coach probably don’t count as reasons).

ESPECIALLY, when you consider that RB Cedric Benson might not want to re-sign with the team if Bratkowski stays (Benson was irked that the team shifted away from that successful run-heavy offense and became more of a passing attack this season).

Said Lewis: “Ced’s passion and energy will make us a great football team again and I don’t want to curtail that and you have to take the bad with the good. I opened up the season talking that it was going to be difficult for Ced with all the attention going to the receivers and that he was going to have to hang through this.”

But one reason Benson might reconsider. Lewis plans to use fullbacks more often this season – Chris Pressley and Fui Vakapuna likely will compete for the starting spot that Jeremi Johnson used to hold.

And what about Chad Ochocinco? Well, if Lewis keeps firing so-called shots at his temperamental WR like this – “No one was talking about him. He couldn’t stand that,” Lewis said regarding some of Ochocinco’s latest Twitter offerings. “You want them to talk about you,
go win football games.” – he shouldn’t expect Ochocinco to want to return.

Of course, maybe that would be best for all anyway.

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