I'd think that an indoor practice facility would mean MUCH more to a college team than it would an NFL team for recruiting purposes. In the NFL, they simplify recruiting by just offering more money.
Maybe I'm ignorant about the NFL Free Agent process -- seeing as how I've never been an NFL Free Agent -- but I think "indoor practice facility" would rank lower on the list than things like guaranteed money, promise of playing time, coaching staff, and current ability of the signing team to win. I don't foresee a lot of situations where a player says: "Well, Tennessee is offering more money and Jeff Fisher really wants me to be his go-to back, but dammit if Cincinnati's indoor practice facility isn't spiffy."
23 Years and Counting...
Grape works as a soda. Sort of as a gum. I wonder why it doesn't work as a pie. Grape pie? There's no grape pie. - Larry David
You would have to be assuming that no one around here has been paying attention to the Bengals for the last 15 years to get that one by unchallenged.
Marvin has proven that he can build a respectable football team. What he hasn't proven is that he can build a powerhouse, which is the goal I'm assuming he and any Bengals fan wants accomplished. As I've been saying throughout the season, this is the pivotal offseason for Marvin's career with the Bengals. He must do some soul searching on what he wants the next five years to look like and go about the business of putting the personnel in place to accomplish building that.
Furthemore, if you've ever played football, practicing outside 3-4 days a week in this weather come Nov-Dec can be brutal, even in the summer it can get ridiculously hot and humid - guys get hurt, field conditions deteriorate, practices aren't nearly as productive, and you're limited by the weather conditions...nor can you similate hostile indoor environments properly without one.
Having to reserve a facility at the last minute constantly just to throw the ball around and drive 30-40 min's north of Cincinnati is stupid for an NFL team to have to do.
Players don't come here as much in the off-season to work out - because they have nowhere to run or work on their catching/passing etc..., unless the weather is good. They work out in California or Florida instead, on their own, nothing else.
If you're a Free Agent, and you've got two places on your finals list - and at one of them you know you'll be practicing in the elements all year round unless it's extreme, you'll think twice about that commitment if the money is close.
I'm glad Palmer is speaking up, because Marvin sure isn't anymore now that he's been Bungalized.
It is a good question. Don't the Bengals have some clause in their deal where if so many teams have a certain item like Field Turf or something like that, then the county has to pay for it?
If I were UC and the Bengals wanted to use their indoor facility, I'd tell them to bugger off or charge them up the nose to use it. You actually think that if the tables were turned and UC needed to use the Bengals indoor facility that they would let them use it? Not very likely.
Should Cincinnati lose its pro sports teams, it isn't likely to get them back any time soon. Not with larger markets still waiting for teams. I suppose it would be good for UC, Xavier, and minor league hockey though.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.
Rex Ryan and Ken Zampese please