The people in Joe Burrow’s orbit keep saying interesting things

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Presumptive top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft Joe Burrow has assembled quite a team of trainers with Bengals ties.

And one of them insists they won’t be disparaging the team which earned the top pick in the draft.

Via Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website, former Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh will be part of the group helping to prepare Burrow for the draft.

He’s also working with former quarterback Jordan Palmer, whose brother Carson has dragged the Bengals for not being serious about winning. Burrow also raised some eyebrows by saying he wanted to play for a team that was “committed to winning Super Bowls,” creating a natural suspicion if the Palmer influence was shining through.

But Houshmandzadeh said that’s not the case.

“We’ve talked about it. We’re not going to say anything negative to Joe about the Bengals. Why would we?” Houshmandzadeh said. “Teams are bad because their players aren’t good enough. If they get that player that’s good enough, guess what happens? Your team isn’t so bad anymore. I’m sure that’s what they’re thinking. I’m sure that’s what Joe thinks. Negative? Not at all.”

But if Team Burrow wanted to put out fires, Houshmandzadeh isn’t exactly helping.

He said if the choice was his, he’d make the LSU quarterback the top pick. And yet, . . .

“Do I want to draft him if I’m the Bengals? Yeah,” Houshmandzadeh said. “But if the Dolphins are going to offer me three first-rounders, or if some team is going to offer me two first-rounders this year and a first-rounder next year, I have to strongly consider it for the good of the team.”

Oh.

Time could render all this dot-connecting moot. since it’s the second day after the Super Bowl. But the reality is, what seemed like a cut-and-dried decision to draft the best quarterback with the top pick keeps getting clouded, by the people adjacent to Burrow.

22 responses to “The people in Joe Burrow’s orbit keep saying interesting things

  1. Any reasonable person, maybe even the Bengals GM, would have to consider trading #1 pick for a kings-ransom in 1st/2nd round picks. TJ said nothing that should raise any red flags unless the Bengals GM is expected to have tunnel-vision and ONLY consider using the top pick.

  2. Kind of sad to see Burrows go to the Bengals. He’s going to be another Andrew Luck, getting the hell beat out of him on a crappy team.

  3. “…Teams are bad because their players aren’t good enough. If they get that player that’s good enough, guess what happens? Your team isn’t so bad anymore…”
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    This is true to a point, but as a Browns fan, teams are also bad if they have awful ownership who can’t make a decision and stick with it. Good players are wasted if they need to restart every year with a new coaching staff.

  4. Three first round picks? Are you sure thats enough?
    You don’t want to get taken advantage of.

    3 first round picks and what if he’s as effective as Jameis Winston or Sam Bradford?

  5. Brady, Mahomes, Marino, Brees, Big Ben, Wilson, just to name 6 of too many to name, all had 2 to 6 plus QB’s drafted ahead of them.

    I’d take 3 first rounders in a heartbeat. Off the top of my head, the only surefire QB everyone agreed on was Elway. Burrow is not Elway.

  6. Seems to be good story lines and more articles bashing the team. Imagine of AJ Green played this year. They win 5-7 games and we don’t have a shot a Burrow. Completely different story line. This team was not good. They need help at receiver, LB, and Corner. Not to mention another Offensive lineman. Housh has forgotten more about football than us folks have ever known. Time will tell. Taylor is a first time head coach. There are some good players here but obviously they need better and more. Burrow is the award they get for not having Green for the entire year. Hopefully he can come back and help out. If not, they need a top flight receiver in the worst way. The O line will be much better next year. It played pretty decent the second half this year. Plus they get last years best tackle and let’s hope he can do a little dominating! Who Dey

  7. I have a feeling Joe Burrow will eat a little humble pie in the NFL. No doubt he’s a very good QB, and confidence is a good thing but, overconfidence is another. Yes, he had a great 2019 season, but I wouldn’t necessarily say that translates into a can’t miss NFL career. I’m not saying it will happen with Burrow, but it wouldn’t be the first time.

  8. Trade is already done with the Vikings: Cousin, Diggs and Cook for the 1st overall pick. He’ll never play in Cincy

  9. “ecarlso8 says:
    February 4, 2020 at 9:42 am

    I would take 3 firsts, next years QB class is just as good if not better.”

    Burrow showed Lawrence who was better. The overall class may be better, but Burrow is better than Fields and Lawrence.

    Can’t trade for picks if you need a QB. The Bengals need a QB. Once you get the QB, its easier to build a team around them. The browns took all the picks and tanked for all the money. It it got them to where they are now. Plus, all those first round picks will be signing their second contracts soon. Can’t maintain with that many high picks.

  10. Burrow saying he wants to compete for Super Bowls and Houshmandzadeh saying a team with the first pick should consider options to acquire more picks to build the team aren’t exactly bold statements.

    It is interesting that people close to the Bengals organization will be around Burrow before the draft. Time will tell with Burrow, but having Green and Jonah Williams back in 2020 should go a long way in helping Burrow be more successful than the 2019 Bengals.

  11. No thanks on 3 first round picks. None of those picks would be the prospect Burrow is. You only get a crack at a guy like that once a decade, if that. QB is easily the most important piece. You don’t give that up for an inferior QB, or any of the guys you’d get with the 5th, 18th and 26th pick (the Dolphins’ top 3 picks this year).

    The Bengals have picked guys like John Ross, Billy Price and Ogbuehi with those types of picks lately. Even if ONE of those 3 picks is a flop and Burrow is legit, you’ll regret that trade for all eternity.

  12. steelpenguin6687 says:
    February 4, 2020 at 9:20 am

    I have a feeling Joe Burrow will eat a little humble pie in the NFL. No doubt he’s a very good QB, and confidence is a good thing but, overconfidence is another. Yes, he had a great 2019 season, but I wouldn’t necessarily say that translates into a can’t miss NFL career. I’m not saying it will happen with Burrow, but it wouldn’t be the first time.
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    Says “steelpenguin” – Someone who is obviously from Pittsburgh.

  13. onebuffalove716 says:
    February 4, 2020 at 8:33 am
    No no no. If he’s your guy you take him. It’s not that difficult really
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    Yeah, you just hope your guy doesn’t turn out to be Akili Smith. History shows us the Bengals like to stick to their guy even when there is a sweet deal on the table. They passed on Mahomes, they won’t pass on Joe.

  14. Hehehe.. it’s hilarious to see everyone fantasizing about Burrow being on their team. Keep salivating because HE WILL be a Bengal and there is NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING you can do about it. HAHAHAHAHA! who dey gonna bet them BENGALS??? Nobody!!

  15. Normally I would hope the Bengals would take a deal like 3 1st round picks for the top pick but Burrow shows every sign of being special. He has the demeanor of Brady but with better accuracy and athleticism.
    The OL will immediately look better because of his abilities to avoid a rush and run the ball.

  16. Bengals need to take burrow. If a team offers 3 1st round picks for a player, that should tell you to take that player.

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