Former Bengals wide receivers coach coach Steve Mooshagian had the opportunity to coach newly signed quarterback Josh Johnson while he was a senior at San Diego, and believes Johnson will be a perfect fit in Jay Gruden’s offense:
He’s a special kid who is a student of the game and has worked with a lot of good coaches. He’ll understand his role as the No. 2 guy, but he’ll prepare like he’s the starter.
He knows where to go with the ball and his escape dimension gives him a much different dynamic. He’s got a great arm. No question he’s a West Coast quarterback, but what separates him from the traditional quarterbacks is he also has the elements of a spread quarterback.
He’s been in all forms of the West Coast with Harbaugh and the Grudens. I think he’s going to be more effective in the Bengals system than he was in Tampa. The guy really is a tremendous talent. I’m glad the Bengals got him because I think he’s a guy that can help them in that role.
Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson composed a list of the greatest streaks in Cincinnati Bengals history, and his #1 streak was the 122 consecutive games played by Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tim Krumrie, even in the midst of suffering a gruesome leg injury in Super Bowl XXIII vs. the San Francisco 49ers:
The leg bent every which way but logically in the first quarter of Super Bowl XXIII on Jan. 22, 1989, and the only pain medication he took was a can of beer, refusing to go to the hospital until the game was over.
Just before he underwent surgery a day later in Cincinnati, Krumrie grabbed team doctor Michael Welch by the lapels and croaked through the anesthesia, “If you screw this up, I’ll kill you.”
Welch didn’t and Krumrie never missed a game before retiring after the 1994 season. He may not have been the same Pro Bowl player, but he was still one of the best nose tackles in the game even though there was much angst if and when he’d be able to play again. Even if he might have been a tad quick putting weight on the leg. Krumrie told the docs in his first post-surgery checkup that he was snow-blowing his driveway.
And there were all kind of nicks to follow. During the 1992 season, Krumrie approached trainer Paul Sparling the Monday after a game and announced, “Hey Paul, I think I tore my groin.” Sparling gazed at a black-and-blue iceberg running down to his ankle. Krumrie wrapped it up and didn’t miss a practice, never mind a game.