HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 11: Cornerback Johnathan Joseph #24 gets the crowd pumped up during the season-opening game at Reliant Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Former Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph departed Cincinnati for a rather powerful offer from Houston worth $48.75 million with $23.5 million of it guaranteed over the course of five years. During his first season with the Texans, Joseph strung together a good season, including a frustrating performance against the Bengals during the postseason, generating an interception and forcing an opposing passer rating of 28.6 on passes against receivers that he covered.
During an interview with The Herald, Joseph compared Houston's organization to Cincinnati's.
The first thing about Houston is it’s an organization run from a different perspective. In Cincy, the team lives off money it earns from football. Houston’s owner has other business interests and he controls the money. Numerous things that go on such as the way Houston interacts with my family; we’re treated in a first-class way. They helped us when my wife lost our baby daughter in a miscarriage. But they help with anything you ask of them because they are a very caring organization with positive attitudes about its players. In Cincy, we’re told how much Gatorade we could take home. In Houston we get what we request. You get soap and deodorant at your request. You don’t have a roommate on road trips.
Despite the fact that Michael David Smith from Pro Football Talk incites speculation on the differences than what Joseph actually said, using more speculation from former players with new teams, few Bengals fans would be surprised by Joseph's admission. And since we don't have access to the "Owner Who Cares For Players The Most" Index that Smith has access to, we can only rely on Joseph's experience on how much Gatorade he was allowed to take home -- because apparently the drive to the house lacks $2 bottles during a stretch of road without a gas station.
But we get it.
It's not the first time people have joked about Cincinnati's ownership in the past. And Joseph has never struck us as malicious, rather someone who knows the impact of his comments.