Wayne ‘Box’ Miller on the state of the Cincinnati Bengals and the future

Wayne Box Miller worked for the Bengals Radio Network for ten years Years. For the past three seasons he has hosted the show before, at halftime and after the game.

Miller has been in the Cincinnati sports scene for nearly 30 years, including with several radio, television, and media companies, as well as running his own Miller Communications Sports Marketing and Wayne Box Miller Media companies.

In his experience, Miller has worked with many great Bengals including David Fulcher, Solomon Wilcots and Eric Thomas. He also represented Jeff Blake.

He reports firsthand about some of the greatest moments in team history.

“This franchise is not getting the recognition it deserves in terms of its history,” Miller told AllBengals. “This team has a history of being in two Super Bowls. This team has the story of one of the pioneers of professional football, Paul Brown. Anthony Muñoz, the greatest offensive device ever played. “

Miller believes a ring of honor would capture and evangelize the legends and best moments in Bengal history.

He’d love to see Ken Riley be honored by the franchise as part of the opening class. Riley had 65 interceptions, making it the fifth in NFL history. He continues to be overlooked by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, despite the numbers saying he should be in Canton.

Anthony Muñoz, Ken Anderson, Riley and all the legends paved the way for the next group of franchise greats across Cincinnati.

Miller believes star quarterback Joe Burrow has the potential to land in the same class as these franchise greats.

“This kid (Burrow) is different. He’s different in a good way. Not only could he command the offense, he could also command respect, ”Miller said. “The ceiling is being raised. This young man has the ability to be a really good, potentially great, quarterback in this league. “

Burrow was well on its way to breaking the 2012 rookie passing yard record set by Andrew Luck (4,374), putting together a quarterback rating of 89.8 in 10 games before falling in with a left knee injury the season went down.

The previous top pick was also the leader off the field. He founded the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund before ever taking an NFL snapshot. It was also spoken out about social injustice in America.

Burrow supported Zac Taylor from the start. He believes in the foundation the head coach is building in Cincinnati in his third year.

“I think it’s a culture change,” Miller said. “Zac [Taylor] represents new school. It’s an evolution. When it [the team] evolves that you see players who have one [new school] Personality modeled on Zac Taylor. Joe Burrow is. If you look at coaches across the NFL pantheon, they all have a culture that they want to instill in their players because they believe that culture adds value. “

Miller believes Taylor and the company will bring that youthful energy to bear as they approach the NFL Draft and the independent agency and consider both personality and talent that fit into Taylor’s culture.

He believes the Bengals will try to keep both Carl Lawson and William Jackson III free-hand not only because of their talent but also because they have been in Taylor’s system for the past two seasons.

Miller knows the offensive line is Cincinnati’s greatest need. He believes the addition of several proven veterans in the free hand could work wonders for Burrow.

In terms of design considerations, Miller wants the best player available. Needs come first, but he believes having the best player on the board is a better strategy.

Adding depth in key areas is also required off-season due to the number of injuries NFL teams grapple with throughout the season.

The Bengals faced this situation in 2020 when several starters ended their season with an injured reserve, including Trae Waynes, DJ Reader, CJ Uzomah and Burrow.

Ja’Marr Chase and Jaylen Waddle are two players who are high on Miller’s list of nominees for the fifth election. He also noticed cornerback Patrick Surtain II.

It’s been a wild ride for the Cincinnati Bengals, including Miller and the team’s broadcast team last year studying COVID-19 logs, Burrow’s draft, and the ups and downs of the regular season.

It’s time to prepare as Miller awaits an eventful off-season for the team with the unveiling of the new uniforms, a possible ring of honor announcement, and a busy front office looking for future Bengal legends.


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