AFC Notes: Bengals, Broncos, Steelers



  • Bengals HC Zac Taylor was once again asked about his job security after Sunday’s game: “I just want to win a football game. I love going to work for these guys every day. That’s all that matters to me. How do we get ready in seven days to win a game.” (Paul Dehner Jr)
  • Bengals WR A.J. Green was asked if this year has been frustrating for him: “I think it’s been frustrating for everyone, not just me.” (Ben Baby)
  • Green was also asked if he’s excited to play with Joe Burrow when he comes back in 2021: “We’ll see what happens. I can’t read what’s going to happen. I’m living in the moment right now. Whatever is going to happen is going to happen.” (Ben Baby)
  • As for whether where he’ll be next year, Green said: “We don’t know what that looks like right now, but we’re prepared for anything.” (Ben Baby)


Broncos DE Bradley Chubb has had a hard rehab from his torn ACL early last season, including a setback earlier this year in training camp. But Chubb has pushed through it and has 7.5 sacks on the season so far. He’s shooting to push that number to double digits as one last milestone in his recovery. 

“It would be huge for me after last year and what I went through mentally in thinking, ‘Maybe I’m done. Maybe I can’t do this anymore,'” Chubb said via Aric DiLalla of the team’s website. “It would be good to just erase all those thoughts. Having that goal that I set in the beginning of the season and to finally reach it would be pretty cool. I wouldn’t be done there. I’ll still continue to try and build on it and do whatever I can to be a better player.”

  • Broncos HC Vic Fangio addressed the status of LT Garett Bolles and TE Noah Fant: “Think it’s just a stomach thing with Bolles. He’s going to stay the night. If he tests negative he and Noah Fant, who will also stay the night and also tested negative, will fly back to Denver tomorrow.” (Mike Klis)


  • According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Steelers are concerned with how much QB Ben Roethlisberger has been throwing the ball recently, especially since he’s been working through a knee injury. 
  • The Steelers have attempted 104 passes the past two weeks in a narrow win over the depleted Ravens and their first loss to Washington. Pittsburgh’s run game has struggled but sources also point to Roethlisberger’s control at the line of scrimmage as a reason there have been so many pass attempts. 
  • La Canfora says there is a little bit of concern over the relationship between Roethlisberger and OC Randy Fichtner, who lets the veteran have a lot of latitude at the line and go into no-huddle, empty sets often. Those empty sets have become somewhat predictable per some of Pittsburgh’s opponents
  • La Canfora adds the team has worked on refocusing on the run game in the hopes of having more sustainable production on offense and holding onto their first-round bye. 
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