After putting together a solid first draft as an NFL head coach, Zac Taylor got the biggest endorsement a Bengals head coach could possibly get last week.
With the draft and most of the free agency dust settled, not much happens between now and the start of training camp in the NFL. However, something published on profootballtalk.com last week involving the Bengals was particularly telling when you dig deeper.
Seven time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green talked about how much he is relishing playing for an offensive minded coach like Taylor early on and praised the loose atmosphere he is creating. Green also took a subtle shot at former coach Marvin Lewis by pointing out how different things are under the former Rams assistant.
This does not sound like a big deal until you consider who said it. Unlike the vast majority of his wide receiver contemporaries, Green never says anything good, bad, or indifferent about anyone. In fact, there have been times where he probably should have been more vocal in an effort to help the team. Still, all he does is produce.
So, for him to say something like this in a public forum is a big deal and speaks volumes. For Taylor, it is massive to have one of his best players publicly buy in so early, For the franchise as a whole, it is great to have Green upbeat as he heads into a contract year.
Cincinnati’s offseason was not nearly as splashy as the rest of the AFC North. Not many folks expect them to contend this year. However, the freedom of playing with low expectations from the outside world, along with the fact that a new coaching approach seems to be going over well could help the team be a pleasant surprise.
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