Certainly not the start to the Zac Taylor-era that the team has in mind, the rookie head coach gave a passionate postgame speech, hopefully igniting the team as they head for one of their few primetime matchups against Pittsburgh in Week 4.
While they did drop the game to the 2-0 (now 3-0) Bills, there were a few silver linings within their 21-17 defeat. One of those was Billy Price, who was benched to start the season and also taken away from his traditional spot at center.
Playing left guard, Billy Price showed why the Bengals used a first-round pick on him in 2018, putting together an above-average performance. Taylor recognized his play when asked about the second-year center and the offensive line as a whole.
“Billy was solid at left guard. He did a nice job stepping in for his first real playing time of the year, outside of those 13 plays from the week before. Our offensive line as a whole, I really liked the way that they competed. They did a nice job in the run game giving us opportunities. And in protection, to go on the road against that (pass-rushing unit) that all had around one sack (entering the game), they really fought and competed.”
Price played 100% of the team’s offensive snaps, notching 61 in total. That was significantly more than the 0% he saw in Week 1 and mere 22% he received in Week 2. After starting all ten games which he played in 2018, Price has been a perfect example of the system of accountability that Taylor’s brought with him to the Queen City.
Expect Price to stay as the team’s starting left guard as they travel to Pittsburgh in Week 4.