Bengals OC Brian Callahan: Joe Mixon shouldn’t come off the field

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The Bengals played without running back Joe Mixon for most of last season and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan doesn’t want that to be the case again in 2021.

Giovani Bernard is gone after a long run in the Bengals backfield, which leaves Samaje Perine in line for the No. 2 job while Trayveon Williams, sixth-round pick Chris Evans, and undrafted free agent signing Pooka Williams are in the mix for roles as well. After the draft, Callahan said none of them will be seeing much of the field if all goes according to plan.

“I don’t want Joe to leave the field, personally, and I think he’s up to that challenge,” Callahan said, via Jay Morrison of “He has some things he has to improve pass-protection-wise. Joe shouldn’t come off the field, he should be on the field every down.”

Mixon has never played more than 60 percent of the Bengals’ offensive snaps in a season. It sounds as if that’s set to change as long as Mixon is able to avoid injuries like the foot problem that limited him to six games in 2020.

7 responses to “Bengals OC Brian Callahan: Joe Mixon shouldn’t come off the field

  1. Sure, he shouldn’t come off the field, but he should also not sit games out because he chipped a nail.

  2. Time to step up with the blocking, Joe. $14 mill is a lot of cash for a RB – your game should be complete Buddy! Rooting for you.

  3. So you’re gonna overwork him, he’ll wear down as the season goes on, and he’ll have a much greater chance of injury. Then he’ll be getting overpaid to not even play.

  4. He’s hasn’t even been able to be on the field and your plan is to put him out there even more?

  5. Great talent who is constantly injured. Time to consider load management?

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