A.J. Green: There's "A Different Energy" With Zac Taylor

Green expects more points – and wins – for the Bengals in 2019

Reiter Than You
May 01, 2019 - 10:13 pm
Bengals Coach Zac Taylor

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A.J. Green spent the first eight years of his career playing for the same head coach.

Well, that will change in 2019.

The Bengals parted ways with Marvin Lewis this past season and hired Zac Taylor, who spent the last couple of years working under Sean McVay.

How does the 35-year-old Taylor compare to the 60-year-old Lewis?

“It’s a little different,” Green said on Reiter Than You. “I’ve been with Marvin for the last eight years. Going into my ninth, we have Zac now. Marvin was a great coach who changed this franchise around and got us heading in the right direction. But having Zac, there’s a different energy. He’s young, he’s vibrant, he brings a different energy to this team, and I think everybody’s feeding off his energy.”

Taylor was the assistant receivers coach for the Rams in 2017 and the quarterbacks coach in 2018. He helped Jared Goff become one of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL.

Green, who turns 31 in July, likes how hands-on Taylor has been.

“I think the biggest thing for us is just having your head coach installing all the plays,” Green said. “It’s having him drawing up all the routes on the board and walking through the routes with the receivers and telling them what he wants and what he looks for in his routes. It’s a little different having the head coach being the guy explaining everything to you.”

The Bengals made the playoffs six times in seven seasons from 2009-15 but have missed the postseason three years in a row. Their record during that stretch: 19-28-1.

Green expects more wins – and more points – for the Bengals in 2019.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of down-the-field shots and big plays and a lot of point-scoring,” he said of the offense. “I think it’s going to fit me very well because my game is a lot of down-the-field stuff, big chunk plays down the field. So I’m very excited.”

Click below to listen to Green’s interview in its entirety.