I am not here to debate whether or not an indoor practice facility would make the difference between the Bengals winning and losing. On a list of factors that matter for success, it would probably not fall in the top 15. Though Brian Kelly might disagree with you. Strongly.
However, I will say that our lack of an indoor facility says a lot about how far our owner will go into his pocketbook to ensure he gives the Bengals the best possible chance at success. Which is basically as far as the salary floor makes him go.
From CNati writer Scott Priestle comes this tidbit about the upcoming game vs Minnesota:
Mother Nature is not helping. Because the Bengals do not have an indoor practice facility, Palmer and his receivers must prepare for a game in the Metrodome by practicing in the elements, and the forecast is for rain Wednesday and winds and sub-freezing temperatures Thursday. It likely will be similar next week when the Bengals prepare for a game in sunny San Diego.
And from Carson himself:
"It's going to be tough," Palmer said. "We have to come in focused, really understand the game plan, and whatever the situation is in practice, we have to fight through it and get as mentally ready to play and as physically ready to play as possible. Because we're not going to beat those two teams unless we play our best football."
I will go out on a limb here and predict the weather will not improve for practices during the playoffs either. Of course, under Mike Brown, the Bengals haven't had many seasons with meaningful games late in the season when weather becomes more of a factor so I guess I can understand why he has been slow to come around on this concept. (Mike Brown: "Curse this winning and the marginal adverse effect it will have on my wealth even though winning consistently would make me much richer!")
It wouldn't take much to get this done. A high school has done it. And now UC has too. This collection of players and the city deserves better.