The Cincinnati Bengals got a complete makeover this offseason. Their coaching staff, which hadn’t undergone much change in over decade, was given a new leader.
Now, it’s Zac Taylor’s responsibility to figure out how to make this well-oiled machine work. They have the assets. They have the talent to make a run to the playoffs and even win their first playoff game in over two decades.
They’ll do it on the back of Joe Mixon.
Mixon, who was one of the major Pro Bowl snubs in 2018, is set to make his revenge tour. That said, Marc Sessler, a columnist for NFL.com, believes Mixon is the most likely Bengals to achieve his first Pro Bowl appearance this season.
Here’s what he said on the 22-year-old back entering his third season.
“The Bengals were chopped down by a flood of injuries and issues in 2018, but Mixon glowed as a wire-to-wire bright spot. After years of backfield-by-committee action in Cincinnati, the do-it-all workhorse turned Giovani Bernard into an afterthought by outpacing his teammate, 280 touches to 91. Mixon’s 1,464 total yards and nine scores were the product of a versatile talent who rumbles through would-be tacklers and stirs chaos as a catch-and-run weapon in the flats. Just getting started, Mixon has an opportunity for career numbers come September.”
Last season, Taylor’s Rams has the second-most points in franchise history, and under the assistance of Taylor, Rams’ Jared Goff became one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Gurley, the running back in McVay’s offense, also took his game to complete unpredictable level.
Now, it’s Mixon’s turn.
The AFC’s leading running back in rushing yards, Mixon has yet to get the national respect that he deserves. This season, if the Bengals decide to do something in an AFC North, he’ll finally get that attention.
Mark it down.
Mixon will be a Pro Bowler if he stays healthy in 2019.