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A.J. Green says new head coach Zac Taylor has brought a “different energy” to Bengals

A.J. Green, Zac Taylor, Bengals

Zac Taylor was hired to enable a stagnant franchise to get unstuck. As he begins his first season as an NFL head coach, other players are noticing how he does business.

The Cincinnati Bengals had a moderately successful run under former head coach Marvin Lewis — well, during the regular season, anyway. While the Bengals, who often reach the postseason, strung together a number of impressive campaigns, the team’s lack of success at playoff time forced Cincinnati to make a head coaching change ahead of the 2019 season.

With first-year head coach Zac Taylor now in Cincinnati, at least one Bengals player is excited about a new era. Luckily for Taylor, that player is probably his best player: veteran wide receiver A.J. Green.

“I think he’s definitely going to be hands-on. That’s good,” Green recently said of Taylor, via the team’s official website. “He’s young. It looks like the offense is going to very high flying. We have the talent to be real good. We just have to put everything together… There’s a different energy in this building.”

Even though the Bengals managed to regularly reach the postseason with Lewis in charge, Cincinnati has recently encountered quite a rough stretch, finishing the 2018 campaign at a dismal 6-10, in last place in the AFC North Division.

“It’s like he’s been there before,” Green added regarding Taylor, via the team’s official website. “He’s definitely a leader. It doesn’t look like his first head coaching job with his tone, the way he presents himself to the team.”

The Bengals have not reached the postseason since 2015 (January of 2016) while previously doing so in five consecutive seasons.