Under Pollack’s direction in 2018, Cincinnati’s offensive line ranked 11th in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed per game (2.3), while also paving the way for Mixon to log career-highs in rushing yards (1,168), average yards per attempt (4.9) and rushing touchdowns (eight).
“I am super excited for Coach Pollack to be back,” Mixon said in the release. “He’s proven he’s the best in the business. There are a lot of records to be broken. I’m looking forward to getting back on the field and getting to work.”
Center Trey Hopkins called Pollack a “high-energy guy.”
“We’re excited to work with him again,” Hopkins said in the release. “We know the kind of work he expects and the kind of results we can achieve. He demands a lot and is very clear with his instructions. He is a great coach to play for.”
Turner, one of Taylor’s first hires to his staff in 2019, came in with a cloud of controversy for his involvement in a 2013 bullying scandal while on staff with the Miami Dolphins, but Taylor defended the decision amid his desire to bring a culture surrounded by character and accountability, noting him to be a “great person, great human” and someone he trusted.
Taylor was on staff with Turner in Miami from 2012-13 and the two previously worked together at Texas A&M from 2008-11. The new Bengals head coach also had hired Turner to join him at the University of Cincinnati in 2016 when Taylor was offensive coordinator, which was Turner’s first coaching job since the Miami incident, but Turner left for A&M after two weeks. The Aggies kept him on board – despite a three-game suspension for showing offensive slides in a PowerPoint -- right up until his decision to leave for the Bengals job.
This season, the Bengals finished 29th in scoring offense (19.4 points per game) and net offense (319.8 yards per game) and ranked 24th in rushing yards (1,668) and 28th in sacks allowed with 48.
Asked Monday how he assessed Turner’s job the past two seasons, Taylor remained positive.
“I thought that they had some really good moments and I think Jim is a really good football coach,” Taylor said. “When your record is what your record is nothing was ever good enough. We have to continue to evaluate all of the players and everything. Those guys had some good moments and some moments where we’ve got to improve. That goes for this whole football team.”