A.J. Green's body language on Sunday was clear. He was frustrated. It drew enough attention that the local talk radio talked about it, perhaps paranoid with fresh Chad Johnson memories. Obviously, Green isn't Johnson. But the case is this: We've experienced Johnson's decline, which lead to the team following him straight into the mud. Don't get me wrong, Johnson is a huge personality with a far greater positive impact before things went sour. But it didn't end cleanly and the eventual divorce was more of a sigh of relief... mostly so that he couldn't impact Cincinnati's newest superstar receiver.
The slumped shoulders, pulling himself out of the game; these were characteristics that aren't part of Green's chemistry. However, he knows that his body language was bad and regretted it. Not because he showed it; rather because it showed up his quarterback Andy Dalton.
One of the things Green worried about is that he showed up Dalton with his visible frustration during Sunday's 17-6 loss in which the pair was totally out of sync.
"You don't want to show up that guy," Green said. "I sensed it in myself. That’s not me. I watch the game film and my arms are flailing and all loose and that’s not me. That’s not the way I act."
And we know that. Most of us, at least. Of course the body language wasn't good; as leaders, you want to show confidence for and in your teammates. And honestly, who wasn't frustrated? It was the Cleveland Browns, the team that Green hates losing to the most.
According Bengals.com, Green and Dalton spoke in the parking lot for 10 minutes. When asked what they talked about, Green declined. One of the people that point out his body language was former Bengals cornerback and current radio host (and apparently resident older brother), Artrell Hawkins.
"Everyone noticed it. And he completely agreed with me right away," Hawkins said via Bengals.com. "That's what I expect from A.J. Green. He's the complete opposite of what was here (Carl Pickens and Chad Johnson). He's a team player and a team guy. That's the type of thing that doesn't help a team's confidence. If you've got something to say to the man, say it to him or get frustrated in the locker room."