EHTR FanShot'd about it, and I saw mention of it in the Comments to another post, but I wanted to make sure Johnathan Joseph's interview with his hometown newspaper over the weekend got the front page treatment. J-Jo has nothing but good things to say about Bob McNair and your Houston Texans. To wit:
Q: When you became a free agent, who were the other teams you looked at and why did you chose Houston?
I got calls from the Oakland Raiders, the Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay and Houston. It came down to either staying in Cincy or going to Houston. I talked to Houston’s star receiver, Andre Johnson at a wedding. He told me how much he wanted me to come there and that the team needed cornerbacks. It was a move in the right direction. It was a perfect fit and the money was right. The contract gave me a chance to cash in and play for a better team. But it was a better situation for me to move forward and a good situation for my family. I couldn’t be happier.
More from the Texans' shutdown corner after the jump, along with some reaction of Bengals fans to the interview.
Q: Houston has a solid team and appears on its way to becoming one of the NFL’s best after going 10-6, winning the AFC South and making the second round of the playoffs last season. What are your thoughts and how have your teammates responded to the rise?
Everyone was excited; making the playoffs and going to the second round was our reward for lots of hard work. But we didn’t settle for that. Our ultimate goal was to go to Super Bowl and win it; still is. We’ve had strong participation in summer workouts. It was like a college atmosphere. Every player worked hard and wants to be the best at his position, collectively as a team, and we pushed each other during drills. It’s great to see how well the guys get along off and on the field.
Q: What kind of organization is Houston?
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.
Our friends over at Cincy Jungle saw Joseph's remarks as well, and they have some thoughts on the matter. While I can understand the notion of these-guys-can-afford-their-own-Gatorade, I'm of the mind that good employers do extra little things to show their employees how much they value them. Coming from a prior place of employment that didn't believe in doing those little things, Johnathan Joseph seems to appreciate what the Texans do (in addition to paying him for his play), and that's a testament to how Bob McNair runs the organization.