Bengals’ Joe Mixon talks about the Super Bowl, recruiting line workers and career longevity

Joe Mixon hasn’t spoken to the Cincinnati media since before the Super Bowl. You can still hear his voice, of course. Around the training grounds adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium and inside the home’s locker room, it’s impossible not to.

One of the most energetic and energetic players in the team’s recent history is neither calm nor cunning. He makes an impression, in the same way that the 228-pound sprinter did in an accumulator of 6,255 yards and 42 touchdowns in five NFL seasons.

However, there has been a shroud of mystery around him since he was last seen throwing a touchdown pass to T. Higgins against the Rams, then was arguably left off the field in rounds 3 and 1 in the Super Bowl, including things from Samaje Perrin who set up The fateful final match to lose 23-20.

On Friday, with the Bengals’ third bootcamp training winding down, Mixon continued his daily routine of filling in the full time allotted for autographs and photos with fans. Then he stopped and shared his time with a small group of reporters.

As usual with the 26-year-old Pro Bowl player, he made an impression.

This is Mixon, he said, discussing the clock in his career as he reaches his sixth season, what drove him away, his spirited recruiting of La’el Collins, the number 2000 being thrown around camp, especially the motivation behind the Super Bowl, and yes, that The third and the one he saw from the sidelines.

What is your reaction to going to the Super Bowl and not getting it done?

This will be the first and last time I’m talking about the Super Bowl. It happened last year, and we got there, and it was definitely a blessing. That’s a lot of vets who never made it to the Super Bowl, and a lot of people take things like that for granted. At the same time, yes, we went. But we’re not satisfied that we didn’t come out with the big ring. At the same time, the best thing I can take to move forward from that is that we’ve been there before. We know how to get there and what it takes. At the end of the day, we just have to stay focused, keep building our team chemistry, and take care of the business day in, day out, week in week out.


Joe Mixon throws a pass to land Tee Higgins at Super Bowl LVI. (Kirby Lee/USA Today)

You can’t know for sure until you see it, but how could the streak and play ban look different to you this year?

Obviously, gaps are gaps. I’ve been to where a lot of teams are, I’ve seen gaps like this. At the same time, we’ll definitely see and look forward to our three major new additions, and we’ve seen the numbers you brought up before. I just hope to crush these numbers out of the water. At the end of the day, everyone has their own personal goals, but to be real, (I) touch the Super Bowl again and finish the job and get in the ring.

How was the free agency like for you? Were you on the trumpet, in the mix?

surely. Especially with La’el, I’ve been on the hook with my agent and telling him I don’t care who’s calling, I’m driving him to Cincinnati. Any circumstance is possible. We’ve made it happen and we’ve added Alex Capa and Ted Karas. All three were notable additions. I only came here to hear your center, guard, and wizards, hear them boys talk about they’re going to drive me to 2000 (rushing yards). This is a great thing to hear. Whether I understand it, whether I don’t, to hear these guys are very adamant. Kill those quick career records and do special things, we have a special group. This is great for me. This is exactly what we want to hear.

Are you thinking of 2000 or any other number in your head?

The only thing for me was getting better every year. This is really what was happening. I feel like I’m starting to scratch that surface. With the ones we’ve added, the sky’s the limit. Great things will happen.


Joe Mixon celebrates landing with goalkeeper Quentin Spain during the Bengals Asian Qualifier playoff match at the Nissan Stadium Titans. (Steve Roberts/USA Today)

You are young. But you’re at the place where people start wondering, when are old people going to hit him for a run? Do you hear or think about it?

I don’t know if people realize this, but I turned 26 last week. I am 26 years old, this is my sixth year. A lot of these guys who make it to sixth grade are 30 or 29 years old. I’m three years behind. At the end of the day, I know I’ve got at least four extra years in me to where you’re going to be here (holding hands over head). I’m not worried about any of that. I just got out here, taking care of my job, doing what I have to do, and taking care of my body for first place. Then the second, and I get out here and play and be the best teammate. I’ve always been. I always will be forever. When this thing stops it will be the day I stop playing football, I tell you now.

A lot was done after the Super Bowl for not being there during the endgame. How did you handle that, and did you have to be in the field?

At the end of the day, I have no doubt in my mind whoever is outside that they should do the play. The coach engaged in running for two minutes and during the playoffs, he eliminated me in two minutes. It was something that caught on in the moment. I should have taken the lead on myself and said, “Hey, I’m coming.” It was the heat of the moment. Three, three and one, I obviously want to run, but when we’re not gathering, we have to hurry and keep going. sucks. Obviously I know I would have been able to help out and do anything to get that one yard, but it’s over, it’s last year, and we’re in 2022. We’re trying to do everything we can to iterate and come back in the same situation. And when we’re in that situation, you’re sure I’ll be there.

(Top photo: Katie Stratman/USA Today)

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