After Joe Mixon questioned why he didn’t receive a second-half carry in the Bengals’ loss to the Steelers, Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis question the former Oklahoma running back’s maturity.
Mixon rushed for 48 yards on his first 7 carries in Sunday’s 29-14 loss to Pittsburgh. But he didn’t have a single carry in the game’s final 38 minutes as the Steelers scored the game’s final 15 points.
“Yeah, that’s frustrating,” Mixon said after the game to reporters, including the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Paul Dehner Jr. “… It was frustrating to us running backs. We are in the room and feel like we are a part of the offense. If it worked in the first half, why not do it in the second?”
Asked about Mixon’s comments, Lewis said Mixon, a 21-year-old rookie, needs to grow up. Lewis also referenced that Mixon had a pair of receptions in the second half, but he fumbled on one of them.
“You should show maturity just like everybody else,” Lewis said, per Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson. “Everybody wants to be out there all the time. But we’re not going to create a run when we are down by 12 or 15 [points]. We’re not going to create it. I saw a ball go on the ground when he received two balls thrown to him, which are the same situation. We got to handle it all the time the correct way, and be strong enough to not be led into questions after the game, which unfortunately he doesn’t know enough about.”
The Bengals drafted Mixon in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft. While at Oklahoma, Mixon set the Sooners’ record for all-purpose yardage in 2016, scoring 16 total touchdowns. Oklahoma also won the Big 12 in both of Mixon’s active seasons.
Through six games in the NFL, Mixon has 74 carries for 235 yards a touchdown. He also has receptions on all 14 of his targets for 98 yards.
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