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T.J. salutes Brat

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on February 1, 2011 – 12:12 pm

As always, former Bengals wide receiver T. J. Houshmandzadeh has an interesting take. The firing of Bengals offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski is no exception.

“I’ll always remember I made my mark under Brat, believe that,” Houshmandzadeh said Monday night from Los Angeles. “I didn’t realize what a good coach he was until l left. Other guys will see that if they leave because he’s all they’ve known. Chad, Carson. In Cincinnati, there’s a tremendous amount of attention to detail. It’s sad, but it happens and things change. If you’re a player you’re going to be  excited because it’s going to be new and different.”

Yet Houshmandzadeh said he thinks that Bratkowski’s firing won’t be enough to get Carson Palmer off his trade request. As he does with everybody, Houshmandzadeh talks to Palmer frequently, but he hasn’t talked to him since the trade request became public because it was also the day his third child was born.

“Just knowing how quiet Carson is and how he never, ever says anything, it shows you how serious it is,” Houshmandzadeh said. “I mean, he’ll sit there and always take the blame no matter what it is. And for him to go and do that, it makes me think it’s a lot bigger than the offense. No, I don’t see him changing, but that’s me.”

Houshmandzadeh was known to drive the coaches nuts with his penchant to challenge but he felt like Bratkowski followed through on what he saw on the practice field and looked beyond his seventh-round status to give him the playing time. He is now the third-leading receiver in Bengals history.

It was during his first draft in Cincinnati when Bratkowski excused himself from the room during the 2001 seventh round and called Houshmandzadeh’s coach at Oregon State to double check some things. Bratkowski had worked under Dennis Erickson and had already been suitably impressed with Oregon State wide receiver Chad Ochocinco for the Bengals to take him in the second round. Satisfied, Bratkowski returned to the room and urged the pick for Houshmandzadeh.

“Brat liked Chad. I had to prove myself,” Houshmandzadeh said. “I didn’t think he liked me.”

Look for an official announcement to replace Bratkowski on Wednesday. When he arrived, it marked the first time ever the club had gone to a scheme outside the West Coast developed by Paul Brown and Bill Walsh in the early days of the franchise. Knowing that wide receiver Jerome Simpson struggled to pick up the system for a few years and they drafted key receivers last year, Houshmandzadeh wondered, “If there are a lot of changes to the new system, will that be a step back for their young guys?”


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3 Responses to “T.J. salutes Brat”

  1. By 2ndboot on Feb 2, 2011 | Reply

    Ol Bob gets the ax and the bum rap. I have read more times than i can count the people who have said “my 10 yr old can call his plays”, but the plain truth is that so can any 10 yr old of any OC. If you can play rock, paper scissors you can do that. It’s run, pass or punt and it really gets no more simple than that.
    Until the losing culture is gone it will never change in Cincinnati and I blame that on fans as much as anyone. Perhaps Brats flaw was he was to smart for his own good, but we haven’t heard the last of Bob Bratkowski by any means. When your QB is trashed in public as if he is THE team you’re hopelessly lost and I don’t blame Palmer for wanting out, but giving the OC the ax when it was he who oversaw the biggest improvement in Bengals history he’s getting the biggest of the bum raps.

  2. By turryg on Feb 2, 2011 | Reply

    Obviously, we need a QB coach. Palmer’s play action fake is a nighmare, after 8 years. I guess they have no Esiason tape or that was before Zampese’s time. But he’s been learning as he went and Palmer only regressed. Sure Sam Wyche got fired but he is still friends with Mike B. He’d make a great QB coach or offensive coordinator. His no huddle, speaks for itself. It still being used today.

  3. By topfan1125 on Feb 5, 2011 | Reply

    As far as the situation with “Brat”, he really got screwed! It’s one thing to replace him, but if you are going to do it, at least replace him with someone that is better and more qualified. Jay Gruden….PLEASE! The man has virtually NO NFL experience. One cannot call A year in the UFL or Arena League coaching comparable to coaching in the NFL. He only has 10 years experience overall, and doesn’t even boast anything outstanding in those years. Anyone with Football knowledge knows that the Arena league is for those who are not NFL worthy so why would the Bengals look to that level for a Coach? What happened to Brad Childress or the other QUALIFIED candidates? What a shame.. there are so many fans in this area DYING to support a team, and players working hard everyday who TRULY want to win, and he fires a good coach only to replace him with a cheap substitute! This man has retired and unretired so many times in his short 10 year career HE doesnt even know what he wants to do! I’ll stay loyal to the “Hometeam” but it’s gonna take more than a “Hope and a Prayer” on this one! Good luck Coach Brat…you deserve better anyway!

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