Marvin Lewis, meanwhile, was having none of that. After telling scribes Sunday that "whatever plays are called are called" in regards to Mixon's gripes, the Bengals coach elaborated Monday.
"You should show maturity just like everybody else. Everybody wants to be out there all the time," Lewis told reporters, per the team's website. "But we're not going to create a run when we are down by 12 or 15 [points]. We're not going to create it.
"I saw a ball go on the ground when he received two balls thrown to him, which are the same situation. We got to handle it all the time the correct way, and be strong enough to not be led into questions after the game, which unfortunately he doesn't know enough about."
"If you look at how those series went, first of all, we were three-and-out, interception, interception, three-and-out," Lazor said. "So when you have a 51-play game, no one gets it enough. And there were a couple plays we chose to put someone else in for particular things and it had nothing to do with Joe; it worked out that way."
As Mixon said, it must be frustrating to watch other Bengals players and rookie running backs earn more attention, on and off the field. Considered a preseason sneaky favorite to lead all first-years in rushing, Mixon has seen other rookies, namely Kareem Hunt and even Aaron Jones, steal his shine. Among the 16 rookie running backs with at least 25 rushing attempts, Mixon ranks sixth in yards per game (39.2), but 13th in yards per attempt (3.18). In his own locker room, Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard still garner their fair share of carries.