Zac Taylor’s day after a game routine doesn’t normally include making the team watch the game together. But then, it’s not very often a team allows 259 yards rushing while getting just 25 themselves.
“He seemed kind of cool. Steady,” said Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd Monday of his new head coach’s day-after demeanor. “He wanted to make sure everybody kept their composure and he didn’t want us to feel we’re still not a great team.”
So everybody watched it and Boyd seemed to think that was a good idea.
“We all saw it. I didn’t know how the game went until I went back and watched it,” Boyd said. “It wasn’t heartbreaking or disappointing or guys not trying to do their assignments … We were in the game. All it takes is just one drive or one stop to get us back. We ended up getting that. The defense got an interception, got us the ball. First play we ran a screen that got called back. First and 20 whatever it is. Hurt us. Then we missed a field goal. We came out of it with nothing. We can’t do that in the National Football League.”
Taylor wanted to make sure they knew the game was eminently winnable, so he showed it all so they could view the critical junctures together.
“Normally, we don’t go through and show the film to the entire team, but today I thought it was important. When you look at the scoreboard, you can be led to think one way,” Taylor said. “When you give up the number of rushing yards that we did and look at the lack of rushing yards we had, it can lead to certain assumptions. We want to make it clear that everyone in the room is held accountable. We see how close we are, but we are not there yet … I wanted everyone to see that it’s about us and the mistakes we’re making. The game should not have gone the way it went. We want to make sure that they are all accountable for it, and that they see where we can improve.”
Wide receiver Alex Erickson said on Monday Taylor held steadfast to his message.
“He lets us know what our expectations are and he doesn’t waver off of that,” Erickson said. “The standards are the standards and we’re not going to change that. … We understand what we have to fix after watching the film. It was all self-inflicted stuff. We have to own it. Everybody has to look in the mirror to see what they can do better individually and as a better teammate.”
STAT CHECK: Heading into Monday night's game Boyd and fellow receiver John Ross were riding high in the stats. Ross' 270 yards led all NFL receivers (23 yards ahead of the Chiefs' Sammy Watkins) and Boyd's AFC-best 18 catches were just two behind leader Michael Thomas of New Orleans. Andy Dalton, their quarterback, is second in yards passing, 92 yards behind Patrick Mahomes' 821 in Kansas City.
INJURY UPDATE: Taylor said left guard Michael Jordan (knee) won't play Sunday in Buffalo, but that left tackle Andre Smith (groin) probably could. He said they're still trying to figure out if they'd plug in Billy Price at left guard. The other move would be moving center Trey Hopkins to left guard and going with Price at center. Taylor anticipates slot corner B.W,. Webb (hand) day-to-day and he may be able to play and it's not long-term. Left tackle Cordy Glenn and defensive lineman Kerry Wynn are in concussion protocol. Taylor says he'll know more about rush end Carl Lawson's hamstring issue before they practice Wednesday.