Joe Mixon regrets not insisting on entering Super Bowl LVI during final drive

Joe Mixon regrets not insisting on entering Super Bowl LVI during final drive

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For teams losing Super Bowls they could have won, sometimes it takes a bit of time to get over what happened to prevent a win. The Bengals have one of those issues, when it comes to the running back Joe Mixon was not on the court in the last two offensive games of the 23-20 loss to the Rams in February.

As ESPN.com’s Ben Baby explains, Mixon addressed the situation on Friday. Coach Zac Taylor stepped in a day after Mixon ended a silence that lasted throughout the offseason program.

Via Mixon, and as originally reported by the Cincinnati Applicant, Mixon held an unscheduled press conference with reporters after practice on Friday. During the session, he regretted not having insisted on entering the game during the last drive.

“It was just a thing caught up in an instant,” Mixon said. “I really should have taken some initiative on myself and said to myself, ‘Hey, I’m coming.’ But you know, it was the heat of the moment.

Bengals generally used Samaje Perine in the two-minute offense. On a third and a reach, Perine went nowhere. Next game, fourth-and-one, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald blasted through the line, guarding the Bengals quarterback Joe Terrier tracking receiver Ja’Marr Chasewho was wide open along the right sideline after the Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey stumbled and fell. Burrow’s desperation throw, forced by Donald’s ferocity, was aimed at Perine.

On Saturday, Taylor said he had no problem with Mixon’s comments.

“You absolutely have to feel passionate about this situation,” Taylor said via Baby. “He did remarkably well. It’s very appreciated. He knows it. That’s one of the reasons you want to come back to those times, you know?

This is the hardest part, as teams who found themselves on the wrong side of those moments in the past have learned. From Super Bowl XLIX (Seattle running instead of throwing) to Super Bowl LI (Falcons with a 28-3 second-half lead) to Super Bowl LIV (49ers with a 10-point lead with seven minutes remaining) , much- the coveted shot at redemption is hardly a given. Without a chance to change the outcome, the lost opportunity can linger and fester.

For now, the Bengals must forget what they would do differently if they found themselves in a similar situation during Super Bowl LVII. With an array of quality teams in the AFC, getting back to this moment will be much more difficult than turning this moment into a league one.

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