The interview comes from Heardonline.com, and reveals a few details about the differences between the clubs.
It was not a direct insult per se, but an observation that most Bengals faithful are already aware of at this point. Outside of supposedly being cheap financially, it appears as if Joseph views the Texans' organization as a more player-friendly environment:
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.
Joseph's comments come a year after leaving the Bengals to sign a five-year contract with the Texans worth $48.75 million, so his high praise for his new employer should come as much of a surprise.
Still, the in-depth look at the comparison between the organizations is striking. If Joseph is not exaggerating, it does not look good for the Bengals organization and owner Mike Brown, especially when taking into consideration the miserable reputation the team has with the city and league already.
This also does not bode well for the Bengals when comparing success on the field. The Texans were created in 2002 and have won 65 games in that time span.
In that same amount of time the Bengals have won only 71. The most damning statistic of all would be the Bengals' failure to win a playoff game in that time span while the Texans have won one, ironically enough against the Bengals.
A solid counter argument to Joseph's claims are simple. Gatorade, soap and deodorant are great, but cannot cost too much for an NFL player making $48 million to play a game. Being a caring organization is great of course, but it is hard to imagine the entire Cincinnati organization is filled with robots who do not care for the well-being of their own players.
It would also be wise to point out that Joseph's tirade about the Bengals came in response to simply being asked "What kind of organization is Houston?" He could have simply heaped praise on the Texans' organization and been done with it, but decided to include Cincinnati in his response.
Joseph's comments are not shocking to anyone, nor will they change much within the Bengals organization. It could however, deter free agents away from Cincinnati if players believe Joseph that the Bengals do not take care of their own in a proper manner.
What Joesph has to say reveals that some NFL players do not necessarily care about money alone, but that work environment and culture have a large impact on a player being happy or not. Joseph seems happy with Houston, and the Bengals appear to be happy with how things worked out.
Time to move on.