Father says Joe Burrow has no problem with Cincinnati

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Exhale, Bengals fans. There won’t be an Eli Manning situation at the top of this year’s draft.

Jimmy Burrow, whose son Joe is likely to be the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, said his son has no qualms about being drafted by Cincinnati if that’s how it works out.

(Narrator voice: That’s how it’s going to work out.)

“He’s excited to even be in that conversation and if the Bengals do draft him, he’s going to be happy,” Jimmy Burrow told Montreal’s TSN 690 radio, via Ben Baby of ESPN.com.

In 2004, Manning didn’t feel like playing for the Chargers, and threatened to not play at all if they took him first overall. They eventually did take him, but quickly traded him to the Giants.

The younger Burrow apparently won’t be issuing any such ultimatums this year.

He grew up in Athens, Ohio, and spent three years at Ohio State before transferring to LSU and turning in one of the most brilliant seasons in college football history.

“He’ll look at it as a challenge,” Jimmy Burrow said. “But he’ll be confident that eventually, they can win a lot of games there in Cincinnati.”

The Bengals coaches have already started raving about Burrow, and it feels like we’re all going to get one right in our mock drafts this year, even if we fill it out now.

71 responses to “Father says Joe Burrow has no problem with Cincinnati

  1. Joe Burrow has no problem with Cincinnati. Yet. Just wait until he’s been there awhile and has to deal with Mike Brown’s cheapness, a perpetually losing culture, and a lack of talent around him for a few years. We’ll see if he still has no problems then.

  2. I don’t like to see any team struggled for extended periods like the Bengals have. While I do worry for any QB drafted there, as it hasn’t worked out for any in recent memory, I hope Joe Burrow helps them turn in all around. It’s someone else’s turn to be bad.

  3. He’ll be a Bengal until his rookie deal expires, then Mike Brown won’t want to pay him and he won’t want to stay anyway.

  4. If Joe Burrow is smart he’ll have a problem with the Bengals drafting him, I get looking at it as a challenge but it’s only a challenge if everyone around Burrow truly wants to get better & chase a championship as well, that’s not the case in Cinci. Mike Browns a notoriously cheap deadbeat owner, the Bengals ownership still runs that team like it’s a mom & pap business. The Bengals don’t even have a true NFL scouting department because Mike Brown is too cheap to pay all of those guys, same reason they dont have a true dedicated GM who oversees a director or pro personnel & director of college scouting. It’s real hard to win a championship without an owner who’s willing to spend the money required to do so. Mike Browns content with just making money, and if that’s a constant wild card chase that’s OK with Mike Brown so long as it’s profitable. Mike Brown was just fine w/ years of 1st round exits from the playoffs, despite being close they never made the moves necesary to get over the hump & to a SB because those moves weren’t necessary to be profitable which is all Brown concerns himself with.
    If i’m Joe Burrow the last place i’m going is to Cinci. Once he signs on the dotted line with the Bengals Joe Burrow might as well kiss goodbye and super bowl dreams he might of had because it is going to happen in the Ohio Valley. I’d go anywhere but there if i’m Burrow, he needs to put his foot down and tell Mike Brown he won’t play for the Bengals and would be willing to sit out a year & re-enter the 2021 draft before he signs with the Bungles. The possible loss of Joe Burrow and what they could get in trade value for him would scare Mike Brown enough to trade his rights to another team if Burrow says he wont play for Brown & demands a trade. The Bengals would get a kings ransom for the rights to Burrow & would then draft Tua or Herbert & Burrow would get out of Cinci which is the NFL’s version of football death sentence.

  5. It sounds good politically, but if you were JB why would you want to go there? He should pull an Eli- Elway. You spend your entire childhood working hard to get to this level and then you go to an organization that accepts being average at best every year? The owner get’s his TV money regardless of the product. It took them 12-15 years to fire the last coach. There are oraganizations that have not fared well like Jacksonville, but at least their owner try’s to win. Even the Browns accept their losses and move on. They tried to build a “super team”, didn’t work so far, but at least tried. Cincinnati’s actions speak louder than words. Hold out JB!!!!!!

  6. “Pull an Eli Manning”. Crazy for Eli that despite all his accomplishments, that expression, will always refer to the football equivalent of draft dodging. Seems like every other year now there is speculation someone at the top will “pull an Eli Manning”. To my knowledge nobody has, at least not in such a public fashion, perhaps behind the scenes.

  7. He will be better off taking the job in Cincy, there
    will be only a low bar for him to jump over and be
    considered a success at first and give him time to develop.

  8. Most guys that were #1 picks got drafted by the worst team. Many of those QB’s eventually won super bowls with those teams, a few won multiple super bowls, and many made it into the HOF. It looks like a long shot right now, but a great QB covers up a lot of issues. Just don’t expect much the first year. The Bengals have the perfect situation for a young QB to step into. It’s year 2 for the coaching staff, so the other guys in the huddle already understand what they’re supposed to do. I was also concerned about Mike Brown, but I think he’s less involved than he used to be.

  9. How about “Pull a John Elway?” Elway did it long before Manning did. Eli was 2 years old when Elway made it clear he would not go to the Colts if they drafted him in 1983.

  10. John Elway pulled same stunt as Eli. LONG before there was an Eli. Guess it worked out for both, but had a bad look.

  11. Why play your hand in advance? I used to be more “old school” about this kind of thing. My father and I loathed Elway for the Colts thing. But in retrospect they were right. The situation in Baltimore was a disaster. Mike Brown is not much better. If I was setting up my life to make tens of millions of dollars I wouldn’t play for him. He’s a horrible owner. The fans are great but that wouldn’t be enough. It’s a losing culture and it will continue to be that way until Mike Brown is no longer the owner.

  12. Why didn’t he answer that question? He’s already pulling a Eli by having his father talk for him.

  13. I will preface this in saying that I am a Panthers fan. With that being said, there is already a LOT of chatter about Carolina doing whatever it takes to get Burrow. Clearly it is connecting the dots to his OC from LSU.

    I could easily see this playing out like Eli when all is said and done…

  14. I feel sorry for Joe Burrow. He’ll get a first-hand look at what it’s like to play for Mike Brown. Brown doesn’t care about winning games. He cares about lining his pockets with cash. If Joe is smart he’ll go where he’s drafted and once his contract is up he’ll go somewhere else–anywhere else would be better than playing for a team owned by Mike Brown.

  15. Can’t build with talent around him? From 2011-2015 Andy Dalton had plenty of talent. AJ Green, Bernard, Whitworth, Zeitler, Marvin Jones, Mohammad Sanu, Atkins, Dunlap, etc. The 2015 Bengals were 8-0 and looking for the number one seed in the playoffs until Dalton broke his thumb. That team had arguably the BEST talent in the league that year. Now imagine that team with Burrow instead of Dalton.

    The real question is can the Bengals rebuild that talent around Burrow then keep it together. But the idea that the Bengals didn’t surround their QB with good players is a myth.

  16. The upside that doesn’t get talked about in this: if he succeeds there and wins, the adulation he’ll get from that fanbase and community will be something he couldn’t possibly get anywhere else. It isn’t a fanbase that doesn’t care. It’s a fanbase so scarred by losing and ownership that it doesn’t want to put itself out there and be disappointed. If Burrow can lead them back to winning, that place will be the jungle again.

    But everyone is right, the challenge in the form of not-so-ideal family ownership is very real and is something to overcome.

  17. Oh no here we go again some dad feels like he’s gotta be out there talking for his son. Let me see where have I heard this before hmm… oh yea that’s right RGIII and his old man..I sure hope Joe’s dad doesn’t expect to be in the locker room every Sunday

  18. I think after the dumpster fire that has been Josh Rosen and Johnny Manziels NFL career the next batch of QB’s out there should know better than to act like they’re too good for a team.

  19. Burrow is going to be beloved in Cincy. After his Heisman speech, touching on being from southeast Ohio and making it, it will be a perfect fit. Really hope the Bengals don’t screw this one up (I know, I know).

  20. Literally hope he does well. Seems like a good dude. Hope this works out. The league needs more down to earth guys who respect the qb position…. more Lamar Jackson, josh Allen types who respect what they do. No more baker kaepernicks

  21. I’m kinda shocked the the players union has’nt fought back in the CBA about 1st RD rookie deals. I think if your drafted in the 1st round, owners should only be able to sign you to a 3 year deal & franchise you for the 4th..tops!!! By year 3 you know if you want to sign the player to a long-term deal. If not,the kid is only 25 years old tops and can escape to a better organization.

  22. Dan Snyder doesn’t care about spending money, he’ll throw money at any player…how’s that worked out for him the last 20 years? Brown is cheap, yes, but it’s not like they’re 40 million under the cap every year. Burrow can be a difference maker in a great football town and help turn that franchise around.

  23. Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton both had talented teams built up around them. If both had not had poorly timed injuries, could have won that elusive playoff game. Also both received contracts that at the time they were signed were deemed very good payouts for a starting QB. So the narrative that he can’t win in Cincinnati, won’t have talent, or won’t get paid, should be left in the 90’s with the rest of that lost decade.

  24. charliecharger says:
    January 17, 2020 at 8:14 am
    Most guys that were #1 picks got drafted by the worst team. Many of those QB’s eventually won super bowls with those teams, a few won multiple super bowls, and many made it into the HOF.

    ================================================
    I think in the last 20 years, there is exactly 1 overall number one pick who has won a Super Bowl.

  25. Just hope he’s not taking Cincy because his parents want him near home. The last time he was on a Ohio team, it was a waste of time from a player POV, although he did get his Ohio State degree in 3 years. Yeah, he’s smart too.

  26. oetoronto says:
    January 17, 2020 at 6:38 am
    He’ll be a Bengal until his rookie deal expires, then Mike Brown won’t want to pay him and he won’t want to stay anyway.

    ——–

    Bull, the Bengals have a ton of issues but keeping players isn’t one of them.

  27. Bengals 1 of 5 teams with the most playoffs appearances in the last decade. Get an oline and defense and they will be compete. I dont know what happens after the rookie deal lol

  28. Quarterback is not the main problem for Cincinnati. Its defense is terrible. Andy Dalton is better than a lot of quarterbacks playing in the NFL.

  29. what if he decides he doesnt want the Bengals and the XFL offers him a 1 yr $10M contract no strings attached. XFL needs star power to get attn. Jalen Hurts could get a nice XFL contract too and they could have a Burrow Hurts rematch Week 1 in the XFL. I would watch that.

  30. Joe had a great year in 2019, however he also had a Dalton like year in 2018. The Joe you will see in Cincinnati will be marginally better than what has become the norm for Andy with the lackluster talent on the roster surrounding him.

  31. This kid had a great year at LSU but he’s a one year wonder that has never experience any difficulties of a losing season or playing with no talent. I’m not sure that he is such a sure thing as everyone thinks he is going to be in the NFL. Barrow could never break the starting lineup at Ohio State and he transferred into a perfect situation at LSU. If Barrow doesn’t make it at the NFL level he will be the biggest bust in NFL history. I’m just saying…

  32. Andy Dalton is playing at a high level. He’s in his prime and at 32, can play for 8 more years. Unless Cincinnati can fix that OL, and get some healthy receivers (Green out, Eifert hurt) and get some players on defense, the Bengals are going to remain in last place. I’d trade the pick. They need other parts, not a QB.

  33. Not sure why people are jumping on this kids bandwagon , these QBs coming from very talented programs hardly ever pan out. The wins were more about the talent of the entire team … name me a QB that has come to the NFL from a loaded team like this that performed in the NFL. Give me the QB that did more with less , everyday of the week.

  34. dejadoh says:
    January 17, 2020 at 11:03 am
    Andy Dalton is playing at a high level. He’s in his prime and at 32, can play for 8 more years. Unless Cincinnati can fix that OL, and get some healthy receivers (Green out, Eifert hurt) and get some players on defense, the Bengals are going to remain in last place. I’d trade the pick. They need other parts, not a QB.
    ***********************************
    Buddy, Andy Dalton had a weak arm when he came into the league and it’s even weaker now.

  35. i believe that the salary cap works both ways. there is a minimum amount that must be spent by a team and if i remember correctly it’s not that low.

  36. Cincinnati would be an awesome place for an NFL player. Housing costs are minimal, traffic is easy, people are cool. It might be the best city of them all for an NFL player. Burrow could chill for ten years and call it good. Who needs all the glitter? Only the dumb ones do.

  37. chastain00 says:
    January 17, 2020 at 11:49 am
    Not sure why people are jumping on this kids bandwagon , these QBs coming from very talented programs hardly ever pan out. The wins were more about the talent of the entire team … name me a QB that has come to the NFL from a loaded team like this that performed in the NFL. Give me the QB that did more with less , everyday of the week.
    ***************************************************************************
    You’re right about great teams. So many mediocre QB’s have great stats when they’re on great teams (see Dwayne Haskins, Ken Dorsey). Peyton Manning won just about all his games when he was at Tennessee, so he’s the exception. Joe Burrow has plenty of game tape. I’d guess most people have never actually watched his tape. The tape never lies. If I wanted this kid to slip to my team, I’d be saying what you’re saying.

  38. 1 player in an important position like QB can absolutely change the fortunes of a team. If Aaron Rodgers was Cin QB they’d be 14-2 playing the AFCCG in Cin.

  39. Being a Dolphins fan, if Tua’s medical report is not up to par, Miami has 3 1st this year and 2 1st next year, wouldn’t mind seeing Miami trying to pull a deal for Burrow. Better chance for him in Miami than Cincy.

  40. vikesfansteve says:
    January 17, 2020 at 12:44 pm
    1 player in an important position like QB can absolutely change the fortunes of a team. If Aaron Rodgers was Cin QB they’d be 14-2 playing the AFCCG in Cin.
    ___________________________

    Not without the talent around them they can’t! Football is a “TEAM” sport and no one player can win a game or Championship, not Rodgers, not Brees, not Brady, not Peyton, NO ONE!

  41. With a heathy AJ Green and Ross playing, Burrow will be just fine in Cincy if they also draft some offensive lineman. The only problem will be Mike Browns tight hold on the purse strings! What will Mike pay for a number one pick?

  42. “If i’m Joe Burrow the last place i’m going is to Cinci.”

    Well the other team on Ohio is also a hot mess and has been for quite some team. Same with the team in our nation’s capital

  43. Poor kid. Going to a team with nothing. This is why Cincinnati is in the never ending loop of losing that it’s in. You have absolutely no team then you drafted quarterback number one. By the time you’re able to build a team it’s time for him to re-sign a mega contract. Now there’s no money left for other studs and once again you have a quarterback with no pieces around him. Do the responsible thing and sign a free-agent quarterback and draft Chase Young. Fill two holes while only using one draft pick.

  44. musicguy911 says:
    January 17, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    “Being a Dolphins fan, if Tua’s medical report is not up to par, Miami has 3 1st this year and 2 1st next year, wouldn’t mind seeing Miami trying to pull a deal for Burrow. Better chance for him in Miami than Cincy.”

    Last time I checked, Bengals had AJ Green, Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon. People I’ve heard of. Who’s Miami got again?

  45. Hey Joe don’t sign anything longer than a 3 year deal that way the longest you are tied to Cincy would be 5 years

  46. As a Bengal fan, I want to argue against many of the people saying that Burrow is going to hate playing for the Bengals. Problem is, these people make some good points. The Bengals actually do have talent, but, it’s aging and I just don’t trust Mike Brown and his family to get creative and smart and re-stock the cupboard. At the very least, address the offensive line aggressively in free-agency (Conklin, Costanzo, Scherff, Thuney) so you can protect your shiny, new toy in Burrow. They need a RT and at least one Guard as well as hope that Jonah Williams is the answer at LT.

    With Joe Mixon, AJ Green and Tyler Boyd in the mix, improving the offensive line would do wonders for the Bengals next year.

  47. Indianapolis
    Carolina
    Minnesota
    Chicago
    San Francisco
    New York Giants

    What do all of these teams and 14 others have in common? They all have LESS WINS over the past decade than the Bengals.

    I’m not a Bengals fan, but let’s be real. It’s not like he’s going to the Browns.

  48. Can the Idiots stop saying Mike Brown won’t want to pay him?Hes willing to spend on his own players he made Carson the highest Paid QB his cheapness comes from not spending on FAs,Guards,Indoor Practice and Jockstraps.

  49. Ya’ll are sheep. The bengals are a cheap organization, but they have won a lot of games since 2003. They are a dud in the playoffs, but 5 straight play off appearance and 7 appearances since 2005. They arent the best organization, and they are way too cheap with operational like stuff, but they have managed to be decent in the regular season. I mean 7 playoff appearances in a division with Baltimore and Pittsburgh is no easy feat. Especially for an organization with a teeny tiny scouting department.

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