Bengals coaches already impressed by Joe Burrow

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The Bengals are on the clock, and there’s a widespread assumption that they’ll be more than a little interested in LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.

And they don’t mind acknowledging it.

He definitely checks off a lot of boxes early on in the evaluation process,” quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt told Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website. “He obviously looks like a very intriguing guy.”

They don’t know at the moment whether he’ll show up for the Senior Bowl next week (in any capacity), but they’ve already done the prep work on him, with offensive coordinator Brian Callahan saying he’s already watched every snap of LSU’s offense.

Callahan described the Heisman winner as being “as advertised.”

“He’s got natural pocket feel. He feels it,” Callahan said. “It seems like he never takes his eyes off down the field. He extends the play really, really well. He’s a lot faster than you might assume when you see him running away from all those SEC guys. He’s got incredible up-field accuracy. The ball hardly ever hits the ground in a game, which is rare. He just naturally puts the ball in places where those guys can make plays.”

Burrow threw a ridiculous 60 touchdowns last year, against just six interceptions. The Bengals, as you may have noticed, did not have such great success (18 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions), but the concepts are familiar.

“We’ve got a lot of similarities with their pass game. A lot of NFL offenses do,” Callahan said of LSU. “He ran a lot of elements of what they did in New Orleans. Getting guys in space. Getting people in matchups. You see a lot of pro passing concepts in their offense and they did a really good job. But they are things that you see around the league. It’s all things that fit very well with what we do and a lot of people do.”

And unlike the rest of the league, the Bengals have first crack at him.

76 responses to “Bengals coaches already impressed by Joe Burrow

  1. It’s a pity that a real talent like Burrow will be stuck at a loser franchise like Cincy. As long as Mike Brown is the owner, it’ll be hard for that team to accumulate much talent overall and become a winner. Brown is too cheap, which is one of the reasons why the Bengals have been so bad for so long. I wish Burrow the best, but it’ll be a surprise if he’s able to actually take the Cincinnati franchise anywhere. It would be nice to see the Bengals become a viable franchise one day.

  2. At the beginning of the season the so called experts were predicting that the dolphins were tanking and it was a black mark on the NFL. Were are these people now that we know the Bengals tanked by sitting Dalton?

  3. Burrows is worthy of all the praise. Surprised no one has mentioned he is only 6″1′. Even though that has not hurt Brews or Wilson.

  4. why waste months of endless talk about it, get a contract worked out and sign him up. then get to work on extensions til free agency arrives.

  5. Or they’re just talking him up for a trade of a ton of draft picks… seriously, there’s absolutely no point in believing what anyone says about their draft plans in January.

  6. I’ve been a Bengals fan since they were founded and they certainly deserve a lot of the negative stereotypes; but since Dalton arrived, people have constantly refused to allow that he was any good at all, calling him ‘average’ or ‘game manager’ etc, noting that he may not lose games for them, but he can’t win any on his own. This more than anything is the reason that they’ve been criticized for not advancing in the playoffs. So why now, when they have a chance to get someone really special, does everyone assume that the Bengals would just screw it up? It’s also odd to keep bringing up the Eli Manning situation; what is the other ‘ideal’ situation that Burrow would be shooting for? He’s an Ohio guy, from 3 hours east of Cincinnati; and he’s a perfect match for Taylor and why they hired him. Just let them draft him; they have Jonah Williams next year too and likely a much improved OL; it’ll work out.

  7. Jessica Brock says:
    January 16, 2020 at 7:17 am
    Burrows is worthy of all the praise. Surprised no one has mentioned he is only 6″1′. Even though that has not hurt Brews or Wilson

    He’s listed at 6’4”?

  8. Burrows is 6’4”. He can have a long career if he’s on a decent team. Doesn’t have to roll out every play to see his receivers.

  9. If the Bengals were smart, they’ll trade down and get more picks. They can look for a QB next year. The need for one now isn’t so great.

  10. Mike Brown will trade the pick or get another Wide Receiver. He isn’t going to pay anyone 1st round QB money, his head would explode!

  11. I think the NFl should do a lottery a week before of the draft with the top 10 worst teams. That way A) teams won’t tank at the end of season, and B) it’s possible a bad, BUT not AWFUL team could get the top pick. I don’t think we should be rewarding bad teams EVERY year.

  12. My Phins won two useless meaningless games at the end of the year and now they will stay mediocre. At the end of the day it wasn’t worth trading Minkah and Tunsil if they didn’t land a franchise QB.

  13. It’s going to be hilarious watching the Bengals try and be interested in other top prospects and act like Burrow hasnt been their guy since October.

  14. Most of today’s successful teams have gone through losing stretches. Cincy has had poor luck with high drafted quarterbacks, which has done them in. I think Burrow may finally get them to a consistent contender level.

  15. Welcome to Andy Dalton 2.0. Play well enough to contend for playoffs, get a cap-space eating contract, and settle in as about the 10th or 12th best QB in the league.

  16. Whether its Burrow or someone else, whoever the Bengals take if they don’t trade down should refuse to play for that chronically terrible franchise. As mentioned above by another commenter, he should do what Eli did and force a trade.

  17. blandcommentsgetposted says:
    January 16, 2020 at 7:03 am

    At the beginning of the season the so called experts were predicting that the dolphins were tanking and it was a black mark on the NFL. Were are these people now that we know the Bengals tanked by sitting Dalton?

    While I’m not saying they didn’t tank, I wouldn’t claim it by the Bengals sitting Dalton. They didn’t sit him until week 9 and makes sense to see what your 4th rd draft pick in Ryan Finley had to offer. Confirms they missed (or at least confirms he’s not your future starter) and determines you need a QB this year over say a Chase Young..

  18. The smart move here is to trade the obvious #1 pick for a whole lot of #picks, right?
    When you’re 2-14, you’ve got plenty of holes.

    However…..these are the Bengals.

  19. What a shame that Cincinnati has the first pick. He is a great QB and going to be stuck with a terrible team to start his NFL career.

  20. chastain00 says:
    January 16, 2020 at 9:14 am
    I don’t get the infatuation with this kid …. just wait. Danny Dimes 2.0


    Really? Greatest QB season in college football history doesn’t peak your interest?

  21. Jessica Brock says:
    January 16, 2020 at 7:17 am
    Burrows is worthy of all the praise. Surprised no one has mentioned he is only 6″1′. Even though that has not hurt Brews or Wilson.
    Height 6′ 4″, Weight 216 lbs

  22. Picking a QB in the draft is a 50/50 proposition, you win some and you lose some. Remember people was saying Ryan Leaf was the better QB over Peyton. Tom Brady was drafted in the 6th round. Remember Akie Smith???? This same dude, couldn’t beat out Haskins, Fields, and another QB at Ohio State. Don’t get caught up in the numbers, they were running a NFL offense. I am not saying the kid don’t have talent, but you are only as good as the players around you. How confident are you in Cincy putting a winning team around him given their track record? He says all the right things, but I can’t shake the feeling that this kid is going to be a bust

  23. ancient-mariner says:
    January 16, 2020 at 7:52 am
    If I was Miami I’d offer all 3 first round picks to swap with Cincinnati. They might not accept but I’d make the call anyway.
    Normally I would disagree because it is basically a one year performance but this was one hell of a year. He has the height and decent mobility. He has the mental ability. (I listened to an interview where he broke down several plays–and he graduated from OSU in 3 years) I didn’t pay attention to whether he has a great arm but I didn’t notice anything in the games that made me think it was sub-par. His interviews I have seen did not appear he would have an attitude like Manziel or Mayfield. I would try to package the #5, #26 (or reluctantly #18) along with Rosen and a #2 from 2021. If Houston’s #1 from 2021 is necessary I would do that also (but not with the #18 or the #2). The problem Miami has is they got rid of good players that must be replaced. They NEED offensive line help badly.

  24. “ He isn’t going to pay anyone 1st round QB money”

    There is no such thing as “1st round QB money” only slotted rookie contract amounts and there is not a lot of difference in what the top 10 picks make

    Its not the 90s any more when a highly drafted and unproven QB got 50-60 million up front

  25. don’t worry yall will BUNGLE him up! How many great college players have your organization ruined?

  26. Gotta love the Steelers fans saying Burrow should pull an Eli. It’s like y’all scared or something.

  27. Easiest slam dunk #1 pick in recent memory. Even when Luck was drafted there was the RG3 truther crowd.

  28. raidermantony1964 says:
    January 16, 2020 at 10:06 am
    don’t worry yall will BUNGLE him up! How many great college players have your organization ruined?
    Probably about the same as almost every team in the NFL, but yet less than the Raiders in the last 15 years at least.

  29. Burrow will be a top 10 QB from day one . The Bengals were a great team a few years ago and nearly won a Superbowl in the 80s which is better than a lot of these sorry clubs can say. Keep talking about Mike Brown .

  30. It’s the Bengals. They always have high picks and we all see how that ended. Top picks don’t guarantee anything. Just ask Clevland.

    Really?? Here is where they picked the last 10 years. Why do clueless people comment when they have zero clue what they are talking about!

    2010 21
    2011 4
    2012 17
    2013 21
    2014 24
    2015 21
    2016 24
    2017 9
    2018 21
    2019 11

  31. the manufactured drama is pathetic in this case. The Bengals should announce soon they will be picking Burrow, sign him, and start getting him ready for the season. Instead, 3 months will be wasted so the NFL can try to make people think the Bengals might take Chase Young at #1.

  32. What’s wrong with the Bengals? They looked explosive at times this year. They came from way back against a Miami team that was in the middle of a 5-4 run. Dalton can look sharp.

  33. As the draft gets closer Joe Burrow will be in a long term state of depression, poor kid.

  34. Nobody really talks about Urban Meyer seeing more in Dwayne Haskins than Joe Burrow. Obviously the jury is still out on who will be a better QB, but I’d bet money on Burrow. I don’t think NFL teams are overly interested in Meyer.

  35. I think a reasonable question is who is more likely to be a successful starting QB in 5 years, this year’s MVP Lamar or Joe Burrows?
    Lamar fans will think this is an idiotic proposition. But it’s not. Inaccuracy, defenses adjusting to yet-another RPO, potential injury, and a weaker defensive line are all significant concerns for Lamar.
    Joe has all the physical tools and is accurate and athletic. Going to the Bengals may harm his development but he is as complete a QB prospect we’ve seen since Andrew Luck.

  36. Run Joe run… I would not be surprised if Joe Burrow pulls an Eli Manning and not report if selected by the Bengals. Although, he will be going back home to Ohio, a shrewd agent will probably help him pull a fast one on the Bungles. As the top QB in the draft, he should have a say where he wants to land. Maybe a bigger market team or tax-free state? Otherwise, he will be stuck playing for the cheapest owner in sports.

  37. Okay fine…but let’s be honest here. After a season of watching Andy Dalton, how much would it take to impress them?

  38. Jessica Brock says:
    January 16, 2020 at 7:17 am

    Burrows is worthy of all the praise. Surprised no one has mentioned he is only 6″1′. Even though that has not hurt Brews or Wilson.
    Brees and Wilson are both great, but nowhere near 6’1″

  39. With the numbers Burrow put up, the Bengals would be crazy not to draft him. And Mike Brown has always been a fan of good QB’s. So I would be shocked if they didn’t draft him. Burrow looks a little light to me, I would have him add 10-15 pounds.

  40. dejadoh says:
    January 16, 2020 at 12:42 pm
    Cinci needs OL and receiver help.

    They need OL and LB help. The receivers they have are fine. Don’t need to grab one in the first 2 rounds.

  41. Ya know it’s crazy hearing the media talking about Burrow and how he should “pull an Eli” as if Cincinnati has been SO unsuccessful in the past decade. I get it, the owner is cheap and not the best to work with, but are there other “bottom dwellers” in a much better situation? Why is Miami, who made the playoffs 3 times since 2001, any better? What about Washington? Have you all seen the ownership over there? Look at Cleveland? The Jets? Even Franchises like Tampa Bay (who did win a super bowl in the last 20 years but haven’t made the playoffs all that often since.)

    My point is everyone (and I do mean everyone including practically all of the national media.) is painting the Bengals as a franchise no one would want to play for. The franchise isn’t the packers, steelers, ravens, patriots or any other perennial winner of course, but it’s not some wasteland that you can’t find success in. It’s so lazy whats happening right now.

  42. Joe Burrow had 60 Passing Touchdowns and 65 Total Touchdowns. He was fantastic all year. And it seems like it came out of nowhere. Pundits were chalking up Tua Tagovolia and Justin Herbert as the two best quarterbacks. And then Burrow blew them out of the water. Best Statistical season ever for a QB. He ran a pro style offense at LSU. Bengals should draft him number 1 or trade down for a ransom. This guy was better than andrew Luck ever was.

  43. Of course he’ll be the number one pick. The only problem being what is Mike Brown willing to pay for a number one pick! We already know he’s cheap!

  44. I dislike Mike Brown and his ability to judge talent (or pay for it), but I will tell you this. If Joe Burrow had been the QB 3 years ago, the Bengals would not be 0-fer my lifetime in the playoffs. They have had some talented teams, they just kept the wrong guys and let the wrong guys walk. They could get there again, someday, maybe.

  45. “Of course he’ll be the number one pick. The only problem being what is Mike Brown willing to pay for a number one pick! We already know he’s cheap!”

    SMH the rookie salary cap / contract structure has been in place for years now. Whoever takes any player at #1 pay the slotted contract amount, there is no negotiation over the amount any more. The teams and players both have to accept the slotted amounts.

  46. not sure where the 6ft 1 talk came from since he is 6ft 4. Looking forward to seeing him star in the NFL. Glad for the Bengels who have struggled for many a year. May this be a turning of the tide for Cincinnati.

  47. Couple of thoughts. As far as Tau being better, nonsense. Tau is going to be constantly hurt and unable to play. anyone who seriously watched college football recognizes JB is the best QB to come out of college in years, maybe ever.
    Joe will not hesitate to play in Cincinnati because ,unlike Manning, he’s not a pampered privileged wimp. He grew up in Athens Ohio, played for Ohio State and will say and do all the right things when selected by Cincy.
    The Bengals will go from having the worst QB, not that Andy is terrible, in the division to having the best QB. Brown will select JB because he will sell tickets and make the Bengals relevant again. He’ll be selected by Cincy and he’ll play for Cincy.
    There is absolutely no chance they will pass on a guy who will handle the ball on every play to take an OL or WR.

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