Joe Burrow passes on Senior Bowl

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The hay is in the barn for Joe Burrow. And there’s no reason to throw the match that he used to light his victory cigar in its general direction.

Burrow wisely has declined an invitation to attend the Senior Bowl. The news comes from Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy.

“Had a great talk with . . . Joe Burrow last night and he decided to forgo the [Senior Bowl] to spend time with family,” Nagy said. “Our staff completely respects his decision and wish Joe nothing but the best. Some NFL team and city are getting a special player, person, and leader.”

It’s good that Nagy took the high road. All too often, folks with a direct interest in seeing former college players add to the pre-draft churn will yield to the temptation to shame them into, for example, attending the Senior Bowl or working out at the Combine or having Pro Day workouts or doing whatever else incoming players do to entertain football fans and line the pockets of those who provide entertainment for football fans when it’s not football season.

Burrow is in line to be the first overall pick. Nothing he does at the Senior Bowl would make it more likely. A freak injury or some other unexpected occurrence could put his status at risk.

Frankly, Burrow should strongly consider doing nothing until the draft. He has put together one of the greatest seasons in college football history. If anyone wants to see what he can do, he should just say, “Go watch the film from 15 games.”

32 responses to “Joe Burrow passes on Senior Bowl

  1. I think Burrow is a intelligent QB who is quite accurate. His arm strength should be a concern for NFL teams. You can get by with a noodle arm in college, but the NFL is a very different beast.

    Those that will say he has strong arm have not seen him play or practice live. He has a noodle.

  2. Regardless of how successful Burrow will be in the NFL, his draft stock will never be higher. The smart play is for him to just not do anything until the Bengals call his name on draft night.

  3. As a Bengals fan, I don’t care if he plays in it or not. It would have been nice if he could have interacted with the coaches and staff, but they will be able to talk to him later.

  4. If you’re a player whose projected draft spot has flexibility and fluidity, you work your butt off in Senior Bowls, combine’s, team workouts, etc. But if your spot is set, take a 4-month vacation. it literally serves no purpose to do otherwise, other than to get injured and kill your career. already this move shows great judgement and intelligence on Burrow’s part.

    The rumors of Tua scrambling to make the combine or throw for teams is ridiculous. You’re getting drafted in the Top 5, just rehab your dang hip. Teddy Bridgewater was the projected #1 until he had a crappy Combine and plummeted to #32.

  5. NFL Scout: “My one concern with Joe Burrow is the arm strength limitations.”

    Downvote me now fanboy.😌

  6. As he should. He only could lose by playing in that game. Frankly it would be stupid to play in that game.

  7. Hope one day a player in Burrow’s position will ask for a ton of money to participate in the Senior Bowl. Would also like to see the players who are expected to get drafted or forego their remaining eligibility get paid for taking part in Pro Days & the combine. It’s nothing like interviewing for a “regular” job. These guys risk getting injured and ruining their chances of going pro at all.

  8. Jake Fromm is more pro ready than Joe Burrow and will likely end up with a better NFL career.

  9. freefromwhatyouare says:
    January 18, 2020 at 10:29 am
    I think Burrow is a intelligent QB who is quite accurate. His arm strength should be a concern for NFL teams. You can get by with a noodle arm in college, but the NFL is a very different beast.

    Those that will say he has strong arm have not seen him play or practice live. He has a nood
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    I watched him throw passes 40+ yards on a dime all year. There’s no need to throw longer in a non-hAil Mary situation. Even his short throws have zip. No one that knows anything about football thinks he has a noodle arm.

  10. freefromwhatyouare says:
    January 18, 2020 at 11:03 am
    NFL Scout: “My one concern with Joe Burrow is the arm strength limitations.”

    Downvote me now fanboy.😌
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    Paraphrasing a Pro football focus Interview – “while no one will confuse his arm with jamarcus russel’s or josh Allen’s, I think a lot of people question his arm strength because his long throws tend to be back shoulder grabs rather than lofty balls the receiver can run under. I watched film with former NFL QBs and they love these throws because they are completed more regularly than lofty bombs. Burrow knows that If a DBs helmet is turned away from him, his guy is open and he’ll get it there just fine. I’m not at all concerned about his arm strength, he had plenty of zip to torch future nfl 1st rounders all year.”

  11. freefromwhatyouare says:
    January 18, 2020 at 10:29 am
    I think Burrow is a intelligent QB who is quite accurate. His arm strength should be a concern for NFL teams. You can get by with a noodle arm in college, but the NFL is a very different beast.
    Those that will say he has strong arm have not seen him play or practice live. He has a noodle.
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    That’s why Joe Montana went in the 3rd round. Noodle arm.

  12. All-American Voltron says:
    January 18, 2020 at 10:54 am

    The rumors of Tua scrambling to make the combine or throw for teams is ridiculous. You’re getting drafted in the Top 5, just rehab your dang hip. Teddy Bridgewater was the projected #1 until he had a crappy Combine and plummeted to #32.

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    Was he coming off a serious injury that was likely a major concern for teams risking big time draft capital?

  13. To those saying Burrow’s arm isn’t strong enough; NFL history is littered with highly drafted QBs who could throw lasers the length of the field then couldn’t hit the side of a barn or throw to the right team on game day. Sure he profiles more to be an accurate rhythm passer like a Matt Ryan or Drew Brees who throw to windows but he also throws a pretty deep ball and can drop it into the bucket. I’d be more worried about the dumpster fire known as the Bengals keeping him from success much more so than any physical limitations.

  14. Fromm better than Burrow? Are you kidding? Fromm could not handle it when he was pressured. Watch both times he played LSU. Burrow has best pocket presence of all college QBs. Fromm won’t make it in NFL if he doesn’t learn to handle pressure

  15. He has nothing left to prove to the scouts. He’s got the number one pick locked up unless Mike Brown gets stupid!

  16. Doesn’t happen very often but as a football fan and a Bengal fan I agree completely with PFT on this one

  17. Not an expert on college ball, but from what I did see on highlight reels he underthrew a number of deep balls and got rescued by his receivers. Those balls would have been intercepted in the NFL. And his motion looks a bit off to me – mostly arm and not much weight transfer in the follow through even when he has time to get set.
    Side note – those receivers are REALLY good.

  18. I was getting ready to type he’s a coward, but then I started thinking about the all the money he would lose if he suffered a serious injury. Why play another college game you not getting paid for, and risk a torn acl and tens of millions of dollars and the #1 overall pick flushing down the drain and dropping to the 2nd or 3rd round. He’s given college enough free games, it’s time to move on and prepare for the nfl and his future. College won’t pay him 20+million per year.

  19. Smart move. Can’t risk getting hit hard in the knee and tearing an acl while playing for free. Just relax at home until the combine. Skipping the senior bowl is smart because you can’t risk some defender laying a nasty hit at injuring you, but if he skips the combine, then he’s a coward with no confidence in his skills.

  20. There are 14 teams or so with worse records over the last decade than the Bengals. That includes the fact that the Bengals have 4 straight losing seasons. So those who say ‘it would be better if he went anywhere else’ you are just screaming on a soap box with the rest of the crowd. It is highly likely the Bengals have a better record than your favorite team. So while our owner is CHEAP with operational expenses, he still pays his players and somehow the Bengals skimpy scouting department has done better than 14 other teams. Are they the best organization? Hahaha….NO. Are they the worst? Surprisingly.. no. Mike Brown is a trash person whom doesn’t realize cheaping out on operational cost is his real problem. Despite this deficiency, he still manages to run a better org than a bunch of these better thought of franchises. So fans of other bottom dweller/cellar dwellers, don’t throw stones in this glass house.

  21. Smart Move #1. Have nothing more to prove. No need to risk a fluke injury!

    Smart Move #2. Run as fast and as far away as possible from Mike Brown! Prior to Mikey Boy the Bengals went to two Super Bowls. Since he took over not even a playoff win. I know you are confident you can turn this around. Carson Palmer foolishly thought he could do the same. He quickly learned Mikey Brown is not in the business to win Super Bowls or for that matter playoff games. This is how his money grabbing family make money. Who knows how much longer the poorly abused Bengal fans will have to put up with Mikey Boy. They are pretty confident his successor, Katie Blackburn is more of the same. Her incompetent husband Todd, infamously told Andrew Whitworth he was on the downside of his career and gave him a low ball offer. Since the day Whitworth made the best decision for his family and himself, he has a couple Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl appearance. The Bengals OLine has sucked since. You do NOT want to play behind that hot mess!

    Go enjoy your career with a real NFL organization, other than Cincinnati, that is
    in it to win Championships!!

  22. Of course he isn’t going to play here. He just won a title a week ago after being on the Heisman tour. Throw at your pro-day and only there. Take interviews at Indy but that is it. These guys have so much football their first year and people get upset if they skip any part of the process. This is also why so many skip the bowl game, they have these all star games that mean more to prepare for.

  23. “Jake Fromm is more pro ready than Joe Burrow and will likely end up with a better NFL career.”

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    Jake Fromm is Alex Smith. He’s going to be a good game manager who is smart and throws when necessary, but is best paired with a good run game so he can make calls at the line and guide the offense. It’s not a bad thing to be Alex Smith, mind you. Burrow is more like Drew Brees-knows his receivers, and knows how to read defenses to set them for throws with playcalls to take advantage of routes more than arm strength or physical talent (of which he has enough to get by). Burrow may not have the strongest arm in the league, but neither did Peyton Manning or Drew Brees himself when they came in, and they did alright by setting up defenses.

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