A lot of narratives have been formulated about Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson in the aftermath of the team’s 34-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. In particular, Wilson has seen the type of tackle he used on Mark Andrews — a controversial hip-drop tackle — be questioned by many of those around the league, including Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
Even former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott weighed in on the tackle.
Ryan Clark was in disbelief when Bart Scott blamed the Mark Andrews injury on "a dirty style of tackling." pic.twitter.com/vNZvBnGYxl
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But there’s also been a lot of pushback at the idea that Wilson, who was involved in a couple of plays that injured opponents, Andrews and Lamar Jackson among them, is a dirty player. And that pushback came from not only ESPN’s Ryan Clark, but Wilson’s head coach, Zac Taylor, who got up to leave his press conference, but sat back down to make sure he could address one last thing.
"I do have one more thing I want to say…"
As #Bengals head coach Zac Taylor got up to leave his press conference – He sat back down & made sure to address one more thing.
Zac expressed frustration toward a narrative surrounding LB Logan Wilson.
"He plays the game the right… pic.twitter.com/hOyuaLj312
— Caleb Noe (@CalebNoeTV) November 17, 2023
“I do have one more thing that I want to say,” began Taylor. “One thing that I think was frustrating was kind of part of the narrative that’s been brought up about Logan Wilson. And, Logan is everything we want to be about in the way he plays the game. He plays with toughness and a physicality that I think is important for that position.
“It’s kind of been brought to my attention, the narrative that’s out there right now, which I think is completely reckless. He plays the game the right way. And so, I think some people kind of got ahead of themselves, labeling him a certain way. It’s frustrating to see that because I know what the guy’s about. I know he’s trying to play the game the right way. It’s unfortunate any time a player gets injured, but he’s a guy I’m very proud to coach and proud to be a part of this team. And again, frustrating and a little bit maddening when you saw the narrative kind of run a little loose on him because that’s not the case at all. He’s a guy just trying to help the team win.”
With Joe Burrow out for the remainder of the regular season, the Bengals have a lot of things to fight through, and Taylor wanted to make sure this narrative wasn’t one of them.