In his recent interview with the team’s official website, new Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said plenty.
And it’s clear that Jackson expects plenty from his top two receivers.
“Marvin Jones came on like gangbusters [last year] and he’s got to go chase A.J. [Green],” Jackson said. “Why not knock A.J. off the pedestal? When you have the friendly competition among your teammates, that’s when things get really, really good, in my opinion.”
It won’t be easy for Jones (pictured) to overcome Green, since it’s also Jackson’s opinion that Green is really, really good.
“A.J.’s has had one of the most historic first three years this league has ever seen,” Jackson said. “And he is that player. He is everything I thought he was and more. But I think there’s more in there. I think there’s a lot more in there. My challenge to him is, ‘Why not be the best? Why not be the best this league has ever seen? Because he has the ability to be that. And when they talk about A.J. Green, I want people to be talking about one of the greatest ever. Because he is and he has that. He’s got to set out every day to prove that because I think he’s that kind of player.”
Meanwhile, Bengals owner Mike Brown surely would prefer that Jackson hold off on the superlatives about Green until Green signs his next contract. Jackson’s remarks are destined to be mentioned when it’s time to negotiate his long-term deal.