Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson installed a new play, and rookie running back Jeremy Hill put a fresh twist of film study last week.
And both moves helped spark the franchise’s best rushing performance in more than 10 years in a 30-0 victory against Cleveland.
“That’s what they did last game, and we were kind of trying to stuff it in there,” Hill said. “Coach Hue did a great job of seeing that and designing that play this week, knowing nobody was on the perimeter on the other side.”
The first time the Bengals ran the play, on the third snap of their second series, Hill ripped off a 20-yard gain for the first of many chunk plays he had on the way to a 25-carry, 148-yard day.
Hill and Bernard, who carried 15 times for 79 yards, did a good job of getting to the edge and then slowing up slightly to let the play develop, which was something they watched Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell do repeatedly the previous week in the Steelers’ 42-21 win at PBS.
“Me and the guys talk about it all the time, and we watched a video cut-up of him,” Hill said. “We kind of stole a few moves from him.
“A lot of guys just get the ball and run downhill and run into people,” Hill added. “But sometimes you really have to set up your blocks. I thought Gio did a great job of that (Sunday). Sometimes I did, too. It’s just being patient and hitting it when you find that crease. That’s what we did.”