A.J. Green says Bengals “need a spark and need the ball in my hands somewhere, somehow”

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After a second game in a row to the start the season without a touchdown, frustrations are obviously growing for the Cincinnati Bengals.

In addition to cornerback Dre Fitzpatrick proclaiming “we suck,” wide receiver A.J. Green didn’t mince words either regarding the team’s anemic start to the season.

We are playing like sh– right now,” Green said, via Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We got to find a way to get our playmakers the ball. That’s it. It’s a superstar-driven league. You are not going to win without them.”

Green is the biggest superstar the Bengals have. He has 10 receptions for 147 yards through two games, including a 50-yard catch against the Houston Texans on Thursday night. But with the offense still unable to find the end zone, Green believes he can do more to help.

“This offense doesn’t go without us (wide receivers), we have to be involved more early,” Green said. “Get (Brandon LaFell) the ball early, get John (Ross) the ball earlier. As one of the leaders of the offense, I feel we need a spark and need the ball in my hands somewhere, somehow. You have to find a way to get me the ball and we are not doing that right now.”

It isn’t exactly Keyshawn Johnson’s “give me the damn ball,” but it’s likely as close as Green will get to campaigning for more throws heading in his direction.

16 responses to “A.J. Green says Bengals “need a spark and need the ball in my hands somewhere, somehow”

  1. The Bengals are so clueless. The spark is clear & it’s Joe Mixon. Bench Hill, use him occasionally on short yardage. Use Gio on 3rd & long. The rest of the time it’s Mixon all day. The way they are using their RB’s is idiotic & is providing no continuity for a developing offensive line.

  2. He’s right. Complete failure of the offensive coaching staff to maximize their talent. If Hue was still there, they would be balling between AJ, Eifert, arguably the deepest RB depth chart in the league, and a talented offensive line. The failure is in coaching, but Thursday night games always tend to be sloppy and the Bengals have had struggles against Houston. Jury is still out on the Bengals.

  3. Dalton looked like a great tackler with surprising speed to stop that pick-6. Maybe move him into the secondary?

  4. Actually, AJ, if you don’t have a good or at least competent offensive line, the offense goes nowhere. It won’t be able to run or pass. And that is the reason your team is 0-2.

  5. Andy Dalton was in the MVP conversation under Hue Jackson. Led Bengals to an 8-0 start. 25 TDs to 6 INTs in 12 games. A sparkling 106.3 rating. Then he injured his thumb and Hue left. The Bengals promoted this QB coach named Zampese that was passed over multiple times for the job. A mediocre lifer that’s been hanging around since 2003. Blame that guy. Blame the owner for letting the o-line get decimated and doing absolute zilch about it. Blame Marvin Lewis for being an awful coach when he doesn’t have great coordinators. Don’t blame the guy who broke multiple franchise passing records while leading the team to 5 straight playoff appearances. This is like when Carson Palmer fell apart in 2010.

  6. streetyson says:
    Dalton looked like a great tackler with surprising speed to stop that pick-6. Maybe move him into the secondary?
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    It wasnt a pick-6. It was a fumble by mixon that was popped into the air.

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