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A.J. Green stresses the importance of poise when Bengals play the Steelers

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 13:  A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals  is tackled by Will Allen #20 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Bengals and Steelers renew one of the most intense rivalries in football on Sunday. And the Bengals know it will be important to apply limits to the intensity.

“That’s our rivalry but one thing about us this year we have to keep our poise,” receiver A.J. Green recently told PFT Live. “I think the biggest thing for us is to go out there and play our game. Don’t read into the media like that. You know they’re gonna try to find something to get this thing going again. We’ve just got to go out there and play. Play our game and we’ll be fine.”

Things weren’t fine the last time Pittsburgh and Cincinnati got together. A lack of poise gave the Steelers 30 yards of field position at a time when it seems the Bengals would score their first playoff win since January 1991.

Green will have no problem with poise; he rarely if ever shows emotion. But he’ll need to exert a high degree of leadership over any of his teammates who may be inclined to lose their cool in one of the rare situations in pro football where the players of two different teams seem to genuinely dislike each other.

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16 Responses to “A.J. Green stresses the importance of poise when Bengals play the Steelers”
  1. downvotesforeveryone says: Sep 16, 2016 3:33 PM

    The Bengals will always be a second-class organization. The Ravens are the real rival.

  2. tonebones says: Sep 16, 2016 3:39 PM

    AJ is right, but you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. There are a couple of guys on the Bengals that just can’t tolerate prosperity. They’ll blow it for the others every time. They are who we thought they were. Dennis Green.

  3. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 16, 2016 3:41 PM

    Please obtain and post a video of him explaining “poise” to Burfict and Jones.

    I see crayons and puppets being employed.

  4. rock4eb says: Sep 16, 2016 4:00 PM

    Life long Steelers fan here. Almost everyone realizes things went over the top last game. Lack of professionalism and the respect an opponent deserves is a serious concern. Both teams made mistakes. Let’s forget the past and play a great football with a very good opponent.
    Here we Steelers!!

  5. johnodocks says: Sep 16, 2016 4:17 PM

    You can’t exert control over teammates who have no poise themselves. Their whole game is intimidation and, if you try to take that away from them, they’re nothing. So they won’t respond to anyone’s “leadership” of trying to control them. All you can do is learn to live with their antics… or release them and move on.

  6. clashpoint says: Sep 16, 2016 4:18 PM

    This game sure is being super hyped. I hope the game itself actually turns out to be as entertaining as all the pregame hype. Good luck with that. What if in the off-season the players themselves just all go bowling together. Burfict and Brown share a pizza, Flacco and Roethlisberger throw darts at a board with Brady’s face on it. Maybe not though.

    Can’t wait until kickoff!

    Go Steelers!

  7. steelcurtainn says: Sep 16, 2016 4:18 PM

    lol. I bet Green is the first one to crack…….You can play your game all you want, when you play teams better then your team. You usually lose!

  8. spungy says: Sep 16, 2016 4:26 PM

    Poor wittle Steelers will be safe from Burfict this time around.

    And try not to pull Pacmans hair and everything will be fine.

  9. TheDPR says: Sep 16, 2016 4:33 PM

    Green shouldn’t have to hand-hold his teammates. They should be grown up enough to know how to behave professionally, and if not, should be well-coached enough to remain under control at all times. Unfortunately for Bengals fans, they are neither.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 16, 2016 4:39 PM

    Everyone should stop being so hard on the bengals. It’s gotta be frustrating being the inferior team and not being able to get over the playoff hump.

  11. stoneydog1000 says: Sep 16, 2016 4:40 PM

    I can just see Pacman and Joey Porter, some way, somehow, getting into it.

  12. Deb says: Sep 16, 2016 4:44 PM

    When and how did this become one of the most intense rivalries in football? The Steelers have a deeply felt historic rivalry with the Browns and a modern championship rivalry with the Ravens. How do the Bengals fit into this picture? They haven’t won a playoff game since 1991–that’s 25 years. So Vontaze Burfict deliberately tried to knock our stars out of the game to create some false sense of rivalry? FAIL.

  13. demskinsbaby says: Sep 16, 2016 5:08 PM

    Let’s see if Brown is as scared of Bengals #1 corner as he was Norman…lol. Wuss!!!

  14. Deb says: Sep 16, 2016 5:44 PM

    Norman? Of the Redskins? The ones we beat 38-16?


  15. bengalsfreedom says: Sep 16, 2016 5:54 PM

    You will not catch AJ doing the kind of dance Brown was doing Monday night. I think we know where the class lies…

  16. pinwilly6 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:27 AM

    Please obtain and post a video of him explaining “poise” to Burfict and Jones.

    I see crayons and puppets being employed.
    When will the nfl release the video of Decrastro body slamming burfict in the end zone after the play is over

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