The AFC North is known for being a hard-nosed division Womens Jake Fisher Jersey
, but Zac Taylor wants the rest of the division to worry about how the Bengals play.”WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections #BITESIZEFilm RoomRoster Transactions and ContractsOrange & Black InsiderSalary Cap And CBAZac Taylor isn’t worried about fitting in with the AFC NorthNew,19commentsThe AFC North is known for being a hard-nosed division, but Zac Taylor wants the rest of the division to worry about how the Bengals play.EDTShareTweetShareShareZac Taylor isn’t worried about fitting in with the AFC NorthDavid Kohl-USA TODAY SportsWe have heard it time and time again as Bengals’ fans: The AFC North is one of the fiercest divisions in all of the NFL. When it comes down to the end of the season, the team who’s best built to weather out the cold traditionally have had an advantage in representing the division in the playoffs. Big lineman, hard runners and just a general nastiness is the reputation the AFC North has tried to build for itself.Zac Taylor is new to the division, but he isn’t coming in and worrying about fitting in with everyone else. “Again Womens Carl Lawson Jersey
, how do they fit our systems? The goal is always to win the division, no question about it. It’s a psychical division that’s evolving,” Taylor told reporters last week. “It doesn’t take away the psychically of it, but the systems are evolving in this division. But what’s most important, like we say, ‘It’s about us http://www.thebengalslockerroo…..ber-jersey
,’ right? It’s how we make our team the best and make teams play us. If we can make our systems the best we can make them, then that’s other people’s problems. We are looking for players that fit what we want to do on offense, defense and special teams. When we identify those players we’ll try to draft them and make our team better.”This does fit into Taylor’s slogan very well. It is obvious if Taylor plans on implementing a lot of the ideals that made Sean McVay so successful early on with the Rams that the results should speak for themselves. It has become easier than ever for teams to simply scheme plays that are easy to get offensive players open or out in space. It is something that the Bengals have inexplicably struggled to do the past few seasons. It has been painfully obvious over the past few seasons that sticking to the old AFC North formula isn’t a practical thing anymore. While all of these teams still have a major focus on running the ball in some capacity, they have all opened up to the idea of spreading out the defense and airing out the ball. The Browns and Steelers especially have become more passing oriented offenses the past few seasons.Also, those formidable Steeler and Ravens defenses just simply aren’t what they use to be. Baltimore still has some talent, but there was a time when It would be hard to beat either of those teams if you let them score 20 points. The Bengals did a good job of recognizing they needed to modernize their team. They brought in a young coach http://www.thebengalslockerroo…..ock-jersey
, and he has surrounded himself with a staff of some young minds who understand how the modern NFL works. The way Marvin Lewis envisioned this team was fine in the 2000’s and even early in the 2010’s, but the way the rules have been changing has started to favor teams that are willing to air the ball out and faster defenses.Taylor’s plan of coming into the AFC North’s house and kicking his feet up on the coffee table could be just the thing that the Bengals need going forward. Following a 6-10 season, the Bengals are not nearly as well represented in this year’s Pro Bowl as they have been in recent memory. Bad teams playing in a small market don’t normally send many players to the NFL’s all-star game, but make no mistake, the 2018 Bengals had talented players that deserved more recognition than they received beyond just Geno Atkins. Every team has a certain number of clear Pro Bowl snubs, these four stand out the most regarding the Bengals: 1. Joe MixonMixon has the best case of any of the robbed Bengals players as he lead the AFC in rushing this past season Womens Nick Vigil Jersey
, and he did while also missing two games. That argument is as clear as day. Mixon is quickly shaking up to be one of the best running backs in the NFL and while he may not have gotten the Pro Bowl nod in 2018, this will surely not be the last chance he gets at it.2. Tyler BoydDepending on what happens with A.J. Green and his next contract, this could have been Boyd’s best chance to make the Pro Bowl in a while. With Green coming back from injury and hopefully John Ross becoming more improved under a new coaching staff, there may not be enough targets for Boyd to achieve Pro Bowl production again in the near future. However, he really grew his third year and became the player the Bengals drafted him to be. Boyd’s role in the offense is very clear now after his breakout season and his contract situation will be something to watch for the Bengals. 3. William JacksonIt seems like a lot of people are not giving Jackson the credit that he deserves after a lackluster start to the season. From midseason on, Jackson was one of the best corners in the league despite playing in amongst a dreadful unit. He was phenomenal John Miller Jersey White
, routinely shutting down opposing wide receivers, but he failed to record an interception as teams consistently targeted the Bengals over the middle of the field instead of testing the boundary. He continued to take strides from his stellar 2017 season, and the Bengals should unquestionably exercise his fifth-year option this spring.4. Jessie BatesThe Bengals made a slightly controversial move when they released George Iloka before the season in order to solidify their second round pick as their starting free safety. Bates ran with the opportunity from the get-go and never looked back as he managed to not only meet the expectations set by Iloka, he crushed them. He was the ball-hawk that the Bengals needed and established himself as a future cornerstone to their defense. He looks to have a bright future with the Bengals and could develop into one of the best safeties in the NFL.