Joe Mixon called meeting with offensive line to try to get run game going

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The first couple of weeks of the 2022 season saw a lot of discussion of the Bengals offensive line’s issues protecting quarterback Joe Burrow, but things have calmed down on that front during wins over the Jets and Bengals the last two weeks.

That doesn’t mean that all is hunky dory with the offense, however. Running back Joe Mixon is averaging 2.7 yards per carry through the first four weeks and he said that asked for a meeting with his blockers in order to work on ways to get back into the groove he was in while picking up 4.1 yards per carry while rushing for 1,205 yards last season.

“I called for a meeting with them just to see what they’re thinking on certain runs or what they think I should do on certain runs,” Mixon said, via Kelsey Conway of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I feel like that will definitely be beneficial down the road and taking that next step on coming together and building that chemistry on and off the field. I think that’s going to take us a long way down the road so I look forward to it.”

The next test for the run game comes against the Ravens on Sunday night, but the ground may not prove to be the most effective way to attack Baltimore’s defense. The Ravens have allowed the most passing yards in the league, so the Bengals may opt to go the aerial route as they try for a third straight win.

8 responses to “Joe Mixon called meeting with offensive line to try to get run game going

  1. Joe, call a meeting with your coaches. Every defensive coordinator in the league knows you’re running on first down.

  2. Glad he’s trying to address it, cause whatever he’s doing isn’t working. I can’t say for sure it’s his fault versus the line’s fault, but I’m so tired of the hesitant running waiting for a big hole that never appears. Dude still looks like he’s got power and speed, try using it to go forward.

  3. A kind redditor on r/bengals studied film and posted results that Mixon is giving away whether a play is run or pass by his stance- at about a 90% accuracy rate. Dumbfounding that coaches and players on the Bengals hadn’t figured it out.

  4. Burrow_to_Chase says:
    October 5, 2022 at 8:45 am
    A kind redditor on r/bengals studied film and posted results that Mixon is giving away whether a play is run or pass by his stance- at about a 90% accuracy rate. Dumbfounding that coaches and players on the Bengals hadn’t figured it out.

    There’s a difference in knowing there’s a problem and the player fixing it. I wish they would mix in some Chris Evans or Perine instead of just giving it to Joe and Joe alone. They offer different skillsets. Joe has zero explosiveness right now- he’s had poor lines for several years so you can’t put it all on the guys up front

  5. joeshmoe1980 says:
    October 5, 2022 at 10:26 am

    Burrow_to_Chase says:
    October 5, 2022 at 8:45 am
    A kind redditor on r/bengals studied film and posted results that Mixon is giving away whether a play is run or pass by his stance- at about a 90% accuracy rate. Dumbfounding that coaches and players on the Bengals hadn’t figured it out.

    There’s a difference in knowing there’s a problem and the player fixing it. I wish they would mix in some Chris Evans or Perine instead of just giving it to Joe and Joe alone. They offer different skillsets. Joe has zero explosiveness right now- he’s had poor lines for several years so you can’t put it all on the guys up front

    Okay, i think. I never mentioned the offensive line in that comment. My point is that if the defense knows if it’s run or pass based on the way Mixon is standing, it puts the entire offense at a disadvantage not just Joe.

  6. It’s okay Joe – you’re going against the Ravens D this week – you’ll get it going.

  7. Mixon needs to break an open field tackle and have better vision, too many times he either can’t break an arm tackle or runs into a big pile instead of bouncing it outside. He’s pressing too hard and not exercising patience when necessary. He will figure it out in the next few weeks and get it going.

    Glad he’s meeting with the oline and trying to improve.

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