Friday, February 1, 2013
Green upset with under-usage
By Tim Kavanagh
Throughout the season, WR A.J. Green was the Cincinnati Bengals' go-to guy on the offensive side of the ball, and he was a big part of the statistical production in each contest. However, during the club's divisional round loss to the Houston Texans, he was targeted zero times in the first half, and finished the game with only four receptions for 80 yards.
In comments that would've seemed more appropriate in the aftermath of the loss, Green expressed frustration during an appearance on Radio Row at the Super Bowl on Thursday.
"It's tough in a big game and you're the go-to guy and you don't get the ball in the first half. It's all frustrating," he declared, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. "They had a game plan that had a matchup problem with Jermaine Gresham and they felt like they could go to him. Things happen like that. All games aren't perfect. That's one thing we need to build on. We just need to capitalize. Not only getting me the ball, but just making some of the big plays."
Some of the things that will help in that effort is finding an RB that will demand attention in the box, as well as a complementary second WR; either of those things will pull safety help away from Green. Mohamed Sanu looked like that No. 2 guy for a bit, but his season-ending injury meant that -- obviously -- he was not available for the game against Houston. But finding another RB this offseason seems like a focus for Cincy, and they have been linked to some of the veteran free agents out there, such as Reggie Bush.