Jim Anderson was the Bengals' running backs coach for 29 years. In that time, he had outlasted several coaches, including Sam Wyche, Dave Shula, Bruce Coslet and Dick LeBeau. He also outlasted several running backs. Under his guidance, James Brooks, Harold Green, Corey Dillon, Rudi Johnson, Cedric Benson and finally BenJarvus Green-Ellis all had 1,000-yard seasons while playing for the Bengals.
Anderson said goodbye to professional football after the 2012 season and he and current Bengals running back Green-Ellis only worked together for one season. However, Green-Ellis recently said on Bengals.com that he learned a lot from Anderson in that single season.
"I didn't think it would be (as) big (of an) adjustment; it was hard," Green-Ellis said as he relaxed in his hometown during Super Bowl week and reflected on the transition to the Bengals.
"Coach Anderson really helped my career when he told me I can run with my eyes and not always follow the play. Once he told me that, the whole season turned around. It was kind of like I had a green light. You know how you get a green light in basketball and you shoot? That's kind of how it happened."
Green-Ellis had the best season of his career. Not only did he have a career high in yardage with 1,094 yards, but he also broke some personal records when it comes to longer carries. He really turned it on late in the season when he had over 100 yards in four out of six games and had carries of 48 yards, 41 yards, 38 yards and 29 yards.
According to Green-Ellis, Anderson was one of the major reasons he decided to sign with the Bengals. He not only met with Bengals officials at Paul Brown Stadium, but he joined Anderson and his wife at their home for dinner as well.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis Thankful For Jim Anderson's Help In 2012
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