Bengals Rookie Sensation Ja’Marr Chase Reveals Shocking Les Miles Motivation

The Cincinnati Bengals continue to show they made the right decision by taking Ja’Marr Chase at No. 5 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. At the time, questions swirled about whether or not they would select Chase or Penei Sewell, but the organization decided to reunite former LSU teammates Joe Burrow and Chase.

This move has worked out perfectly, and Chase is well on his way to Offensive Rookie of the Year after a fantastic campaign. As the Bengals prepare for the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Chase revealed a shocking motivation from former LSU head coach Les Miles.

Bengals star Ja’Marr Chase reveals shocking Les Miles motivation

Bengals rookie Ja'Marr Chase uses Les Miles for motivation.
Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase and former LSU head coach Les Miles | Emilee Chinn/ Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

There is no denying how dangerous Chase is in the NFL, even after one season. The Burrow-Chase dup has been marvelous to watch, and now the Bengals are one victory away from a Super Bowl.

But, Chase revealed his motivation, and it sure makes Miles look terrible.

Yeah, this doesn’t make Miles look too good. Evaluating high school players is difficult at times, but Chase has been nothing short of sensational, both at LSU and with the Bengals.

Chase ignored Miles’ evaluation and went on to have a spectacular career at LSU, and the rookie isn’t surprised by this at all.

The former LSU head coach told Chase he could play cornerback, but thankfully he stayed at wide receiver

“Les Miles told me he thought I could play cornerback.”

Chase probably could have played cornerback. But, wide receiver is the right decision; examine his numbers.

At LSU, he was dominant. He had a minimal role in his first season, finishing with just 23 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns. But, that 2019-2020 season — in which the Tigers won the National Championship — was unworldly.

That LSU team featured Burrow, Chase, Justin Jefferson, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Terrace Marshall Jr., Thaddeus Moss, and so many others, but Chase flexed his muscles in the most significant way.

He finished that season with 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns en route to a title. Yes, 20 touchdowns in just 14 games. He earned All-SEC First Team, unanimous All-American. He became the Biletnikoff Award Winner while posting the second-most receiving yards and touchdowns in a single season in SEC history.

Remember how good Jefferson was in his rookie year with the Vikings? Chase was just as good, if not better than Jefferson in their final year together. Jefferson posted more catches (111) but fewer yards and touchdowns than Chase in that season for LSU.

Chase opted out of his final season, which was shortened due to COVID-19, but still became the first wide receiver taken in 2021.

Good thing he didn’t play cornerback, and even better, he didn’t play for Miles.

Chase shattered records in his first season with the Bengals and is doing the same in the NFL playoffs

The accolades for Chase keep on growing. In the regular season, he finished with 81 catches, 1,455 yards, and 13 touchdowns as the Bengals won the AFC North.

He had five games with more than 100 yards receiving, including an unreal 266-yard performance against the Chiefs on January 2.

It didn’t stop there. The rookie has delivered in the playoffs also, making NFL history once again.

Against the Las Vegas Raiders, Chase had nine grabs for 116 yards and followed that up with five catches for 109 yards against the Tennessee Titans.

Yet, Miles didn’t think he could play wide receiver in college. Well, Chase has proved him wrong and continues to set NFL records.

Things turned out pretty good for Chase, and there’s a realistic shot of the Bengals making the Super Bowl if they can get another victory over the Chiefs.

Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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