Jackson signing impresses T.J.

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on February 20, 2012 – 6:20 am

Count T.J. Houshmandzadeh as an interested bystander in the Hue Jackson signing.

“I saw that and I was thinking, ‘What are the Bengals doing? It’s like they’re putting together an all-star coaching staff,’ ” he said this weekend. “They’re stacked.”

Houshmandzadeh, who jump-started his career in his fourth season when Jackson became the Bengals wide receivers coach, thinks it makes plenty of sense to fit Jackson in on the defensive side of the ball as an assistant secondary coach. In a part-time role for him during the last half of 2011, Houshmandzadeh saw what Jackson did this past year in his only season as the Raiders head coach with an injury-riddled offense in transition.

With quarterback Carson Palmer not arriving until the sixth week of the regular season and No. 1 running back Darren McFadden missing the last nine games, the Raiders still finished ninth in offense and a win away from taking the AFC West title.

“Hue knows offense. He knows it as well as anyone in the league. He’s one of the best offensive coaches there is,” Houshmandzadeh said. “He can help the defense get ready for that. He can help the defense break that down and he can help the DBs with what to expect. And he’s got Mike Zimmer and I think he’s the best defensive coordinator. I was really impressed with him the one year I was there. And you’ve got Marvin (Lewis) on defense, too.”

Houshmandzadeh’s last season with the Bengals was 2008 and even though that was two playoff appearances ago, he thinks he’s still got a pretty good feel for the guys that he worked with, such as running backs coach Jim Anderson and quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese.

“I worked enough with Kenny to know he’s a good one and you know J.A. has to be good at what he does because he’s been doing it so long (29 years),” he said. “Obviously I wasn’t there with (offensive coordinator) Jay Gruden, but for them to do what he did in his first year, you know he’s got to be a good coach. And Darrin (Simmons) is one of the best special teams coaches in the league.”

Heading into his 10th season, Lewis not only has developed a young crop of players that has already made the playoffs, but he’s put together his biggest named staff. There is a former head coach (Jackson), a coach that interviewed for two head coaching jobs last month (Zimmer) and a coach that turned down two interviews for head coaching jobs (Gruden).

Houshmandzadeh thought Jackson had the Raiders on the verge of big things with the acquisition of Palmer, but he wasn’t all that surprised when new general manager Reggie McKenzie fired Jackson.

“Hue did a great job in one year and you have to figure it was only going to get better on offense,” Houshmandzadeh said. “But at the same time I can understand that the guy wants to be comfortable with his head coach and wants to make sure he gets a guy that’s on the same page.”

Houshmandzadeh, who turns 35 the third week of this season, says he wants to keep playing and is looking. If not, expect him announcing for somebody.

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11 Responses to “Jackson signing impresses T.J.”

  1. By bengalpirate on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    In theory and I stress in theory, the Bengals have put together a team with a great mix of savvy vets, young players who now have 1 or 2 years experience under their belt and now, perhaps one of the best coaching staffs in the league. Management also seems to want success in making value free agent pickups and building team cohesion with the right mix of non-diva players. Now it is time to move to next level by signing our own, best Bengals free agents, sign some high value free agents from the open market, building an on-site, indoor practice facility and filling PBS with rabid fans every game day. The true proof of moving to the next level is not taking steps backwards, winning the division and finally, a playoff game. If we can win one playoff game, we can win more, but we have to start with the first one. Who Dey!!!

  2. By mwindle1973 on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    We definitely had one of the more talented coaching staffs in the league. The addition of Jackson really improves that standing. Losing Coyle and replacing him with Carrier may be a loss of talent in the short term. But overall we have improved on what was already a great staff. Carrier is considered to be a future DC candidate in some circles. So I think he will eventually be as good a coach as Coyle was. And you never know maybe he already is. Next up is personnel upgrades!

  3. By mwindle1973 on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    I know the popular opinion is that we will try to re-sign 20 or so of our 25 free agents, draft a CB early and sign some 2nd/3rd tier free agents. Today we got a glimpse of some actually acitivity when it was reported that Stanford Routt was scheduled for a workout here visit with the Bengals. He ended up signing witht he Chiefs for 3 years, $19.6M before he made it here. That’s $6.5M p/year. That tells you that we will be looking to land a starting level CB in free agency if he is there for 5-6M or they are at least entertaining the idea. Clements is our #2 cap hit right now at 5.5M. If we cut him before June 1st the cap hit is 3M, after June 1st it’s 1.5M in 2012, and 1.5M in 2013. S, LB & DE will be full of competition this year and 3 players near the end of their contracts that could be cut due to low cap hits are: Chris Crocker, cap hit 2.125M, cap hit if cut is 275K in 2012 only. Robert Geathers, cap hit 4.2M (4th largest on team), there is no cap hit if cut. Keith Rivers, cap hit 1.9M, cap hit if cut is 245K in 2012 only. With all these different variables with us right now, the team reallly has the flexibility to pursue a number of opportunities at fair and reasonable cost, through re-signing our own, signing new free agents, trades, and the draft. I expect to see a very busy offseason. Maybe not any big splash signings, but a large quantity activity this offseason.

  4. By cincinnatikid2 on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply


  5. By hobsonschoice1 on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Clements isn’t going to get cut and I doubt they offered Routt $5-6 M. I’m not sure they offered anything. if they did it would have been a one or two-year deal. Dooesn’t fit what Zimmer likes his CBs to do (tackle). That said, they may have to make a big move if they deem the CBs after Claiborne and Kirkpatrick have too many nicks.

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about Carrier. I just talked to former Redskins GM Vinny Cerrato, who signed him for his last year in 2000 and recruited him out of high school when he was at Notre Dame:

    “Class guy with a capital C. Great leader. Great locker room guy. Passionate about football. Marvin got a good one.”

  6. By hobsonschoice1 on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    They offered T.J. about the same deal he got in Seattle. Both sides made a mistake. The Bengals should have offered what they ended up ooffering him in March in August. And T.J. should have stayed put if the money was close. And he’s said that if he had to do it over again, that’s what he would do.

  7. By mwindle1973 on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Hobson: I don’t think we offered Routt anything. I don’t think we were serious about signing him either. In your words it was due diligence and I agree. But due diligence does not always involve a workout and that was my point. We were testing the waters. And I think it shows our intent to continue to do our due diligence on starting level CBs in free agency. Not big money, but a stop gap measure to replace Clements who was a stop gap measure. I respect him as a leader. But his tank may be drying up. He struggled late last season and seemed to lack some top end speed. Plus I just get the idea that if they were satisfied with him why would they even be looking. Then remember Zimmer saying he’s looking to upgrade all positions. Mix in the fact that their are several viable 2nd tier CBs or WRs this year we could sign to fill a void/uprade our CB2 & WR2 positions. All this leads me to suggest merely that the probability for some unforeseen cuts or signings is much higher that the Bengal norm we’ve all grown used too.

  8. By mwindle1973 on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think a big question will be how we view Kirkpatrick’s marijuana posession incident. He’s projecting as low as 14 right now. If he falls to us, well then we probably run to the podium to get him. That’s not likely. The question is would we consider trading a 3rd rounder to get up to 13 or 14 to get him? Or even a 2nd rouder to get up around 9 or 10 if it took that? Normally yes, but with a possible “character issue” IDK. Claiborne is projected top 5 and we’d have to give up both first rounders + to get into the top 5. That’s probably out. There may be some climbers that warrant a 1st round pick. But they still will likely be CBs that can’t start until year 2. Barring that a 2nd tier CB raises his stock substantially in the draft process we have 3 choices at CB. 1)Trade up and secure your future 10 year starter. 2)Land a starter in free agency that can tide you over for a couple/few years and give you a couple/few more drafts to find your guy. 3)Pick a guy in round 2 or 3 that can start by his 2nd year and stay with the current starting DBs.

  9. By mwindle1973 on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    DeCastro was excellent at the combine. Very mobile and has enough size to hold th point at G. But Gordy Glenn looked pretty good too. The combines heaviest of the OL group at 346 & 6’5″. He ran a 4.96 which was 3rd or 4th fastest amongst the OL. Many project him as a RT, but many project him as a G. He played both in college. I think both of these guys could end up available and graded around 15-25. So if we pick a G in the 1st it will almost assuredly be one of them. Glenn can play inside and out, but could be in better shape. DeCastro is pretty polished. then you have Peter Konz who wasn’t at the combine. He’s played C & G in college. These are probably the top 3 interior OL right now.

  10. By mwindle1973 on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    I may not be the first to do it, but may a propose a ban on the NFL media use of the term “it’s a passing league now”? I mean I’m not arguing, it is. Yet they are getting caught up in trending and over-generalization and without any restraint. For instance just seen a chart that shows run/pass ratio since 1940, and it shows this has been a pass dominant league for 30+ years now. Yeah we pass more now. But running is still 40% or more of the game!. I agree this is a pass dominant league, and has been since 1981. But right now I still see overall team balance as being key. Just look at the last 4 Super Bowl champions. Arguably they were the most balanced team in the NFL the year each won. Plus when looking historically there have trends for a few years that go against the larger trend of growing pass %’s. Like the run resurgence in 04-08. And even though pass numbers of 56-57%+ were recorded from 99-03, this era was dominated by defensive minded teams that won the SUper Bowls in 4 of 5 of those years. I think it’s still just football right now, and a number of factors will determine winners and champions. At least until the NFL decides to ban tackling and institute flags to make it easier to pass the ball and harder to play D and run the ball. Isn’t that what every rule is they make designed to do anyway?

  11. By mwindle1973 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    It’s starting to look like if we land a CB in the first round it will be by trading down, or taking a character risk. Janoris Jenkins is a top 15 pick. But I think in most cases you have to avoid any moderate to major character problems until you get out of the 1st round. It’s just as safe to reach on a player. But one player caught my eye today. CB- Trumaine Johnson. Great size at 6′ 2″ 205. Not great top speed with a 4.60 40, but 40 isn’t everything. In the drills is where he shined. His back pedal and his fluid hip motion make him look like he can be pretty mobile out there. Pre-combine he was viewed as a 2nd round pick. But he could be the 3rd CB taken. I’m not sure he can get his status up to our 21st pick. But the talk may start of him being a late 1st rounder. Certainly not a banner year for CB depth. It seems like the positions that are deepest top to bottom are DT, RB, OG & LB to a lesser extent. We’ll have 5 picks in the 1st 3 rounds once compensatory picks are handed out. It will be interesting to see if we can match them up to some of our needs.

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