Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green compared his excitement level to the "first day of school" as he and his teammates reported Tuesday for the start of the voluntary offseason workout program.
From new head coach Zac Taylor to being back in the locker room, Green certainly has plenty of reasons to embrace an uptick in the energy level with his teammates.
But there is arguably one specific area that generates a lot of enthusiasm in the seven-time Pro Bowler. And it came after Green reviewed what Taylor accomplished in his previous stint as an assistant wide receivers coach and quarterbacks coach with the Los Angeles Rams.
"Just watching the offense, just watching some of the Rams' highlights, and their playbook made it very exciting," Green told reporters Tuesday, via the Bengals' official website. "It's my first time being with an offensive-minded coach. Just him being the head coach, being in the meeting rooms going through everything, all the offensive plans, so it was very exciting for me."
The arrival of Taylor signals an alteration to what Green had grown accustomed to in previous seasons under defensive-minded head coach Marvin Lewis, who was let go after 16 seasons.
With Taylor on the Rams' offensive staff over the past two seasons, Los Angeles boasted one of the league's top units in consecutive campaigns, made the postseason twice and advanced to Super BowlLIII before losing to the New England Patriots.