Bernard: 'Craziest playbook' coming

Updated: February 6, 2014, 2:50 PM ET
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Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard is looking forward to some "craziness" under new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

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Andrew Weber/USA TODAY SportsGio Bernard expects the Bengals to have a vastly different look under new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

Bernard, a rising all-purpose back who splits playing time with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, believes the Bengals will have some diversified wrinkles on the offensive side of the ball under Jackson, who was promoted after Jay Gruden left to become coach of the Washington Redskins.

"For me and Benny, I think we've done a good job thus far. I think we can continue to keep doing a good job," Bernard said on NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Thursday. "We just got to go into it with an open mind, and [Jackson's] going to create the craziest playbook ever, but it's going to be fun. I'm excited for it."

Bernard, who gained 1,209 total yards and scored eight touchdowns in his rookie season, expects a new energy under his former running backs coach.

"He was our running back coach and one thing I learned from him is that he brings a different intensity to the position group that he coaches," Bernard said. "Now because he's going to take over the OC job, he's going to bring that entire intensity that us running backs were under during practice, he's going to bring that to the entire offense. I think it will spread out to the team and help us."

Jackson previously has served as offensive coordinator for the Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders. He went 8-8 as Raiders coach in 2011.

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