Joe Burrow on Bengals: If they select me, they select me

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Joe Burrow surely wants to go first overall. What NFL draft prospect doesn’t?

But does the LSU quarterback want to go to the Bengals?

That has become the subject of speculation after some recent comments by Burrow and the fact that Jordan Palmer, the brother of Carson Palmer, is serving as Burrow’s private quarterbacks coach during pre-draft training.

Burrow danced around the subject Monday during an interview with Mac Engel and Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram before accepting the Davey O’Brien Award.

“Look, this is a long process, right?” Burrow said. “They have their process that they have to go through, and so I am blessed to be in the position I’m in. If they select me, they select me. I’m going to do everything in my power to be the best football player I can be.”

So is that a “I’m good with going to Cincinnati?” Or “I don’t want to go to Cincinnati?”

“It’s a long process in the next couple of months,” Burrow said. “We have the Combine. We have pro days. There is a long time until the draft. There is a lot of information in a lot of different places. A lot of people saying a lot of things. I’m just focused on training right now.”

Bengals fans want Burrow. He grew up in Ohio who started his college career at Ohio State.

But Burrow surely wants someplace that he can win. The Bengals haven’t done a lot of that recently, and it remains to be seen whether owner Mike Brown will commit to doing what it takes to win if Cincinnati drafts and signs Burrow.

44 responses to “Joe Burrow on Bengals: If they select me, they select me

  1. Sure sounds like someone who just can’t wait to join Cincinnati. Poor guy. I think he has the potential to be a really good player in this league like he was in college, but they need to clean up that o line first.

  2. What should the Bengals do that Washington and Miami and Cleveland and Tampa and Arizona and Carolina and the Jets and the giants and Buffalo have done to win SB recently?

  3. Sounds like a lawyer or politician’s answer. Saying words without actually affirming anything. I bet his agent told him how to answer that question.

  4. If he wanted to press the issue, all he has to say is that he don’t want to go there and if selected he will sit out a year and re-enter the draft. That’s all the leverage he needs to display.

  5. As a Ravens fan I have never thought of Cincy as a bad team. They have been pretty solid for a long time just completely snakebit in the Playoffs. They will pick Burrows and he will make the AFC North that much tougher.

  6. Where is he going to go where there will be winning? I don’t see any team within reach of the #1 draft pick as a desirable destination. They’re all varying degrees of long-term losers with lousy ownership.

    Peyton Manning & Troy Aikman started with 3-13 and 0-11 seasons, respectively, and ended up with multiple rings. The ceiling’s as high as team leadership wants it to be.

  7. I think Joe will be a lot like Jared Goff. He’s gonna be as good as the o-line and pieces around him. Unfortunately Cinci has terrible pieces, so don’t expect LSU like results.

  8. Not a Bengals fan, but I don’t think Burrow will be elite in the NFL. Possibly a Good qb, but not a world beater. Cincinnati should trade the pick for multiple picks to improve their bad football team.

  9. Why would anyone ever want to go to Cincinnati, pro athlete or otherwise, if they could go somewhere else? I wouldn’t want to go to Detroit, but you could do worse than spending half your time in Miami or LA or even Charlotte.

  10. “If they select me, they select me. I’m going to do everything in my power to be the best football player I can be.” Just deal with it! He will be a Bengal!

  11. Andrew Luck carried a horrible team to 11-5 his first year. But he took too many chances and winded up shortening his career a lot. I hope someone tells Burrows – don’t take unnecessary chances in regular season games. It’s not worth it. Focus on longevity.

  12. I’m a Dolphins’ fan but he should feel privileged to have the chance to go first to the Bengals. This passive aggressive stance makes him seem less than a leader. And don’t tell me he’s being misinterpreted- any decent agent would have made him come out with a statement by now if his comments were merely naive.

  13. What I’ve seen, Joe doesn’t have a AJ Green deep ball, but, neither did Dalton. However, an extreamly accurate arm. So many times watched AJ have to come back to the ball. Then get hurt. I’ve often wondered how many more touchdowns Green would have if hit in stride.

  14. This is more BS. The Bengals are better than the run of crud teams behind them in the draft. The facts are the Bengals were one of the best in football from 2011 through 2015. There is no way they have a shot at him if AJ Green played this year. So all the people out there with this garbage Mike Brown knowledge you supposedly have, just go away… Please…

  15. Cheap Mike Brown gave Palmer $100 MIL Highest contract in NFL at the time and Dalton $120 mil. They even gave Palmer’sbrother a backup qb job which he didn’t deserve. Palmer was treated like the king of Cincy, yet he still complains. if he is so committed to winning how come Dalton was able to take the same team to 6 straight playoffs/winning season with the same team Palmer was 4-12 with and crushed Palmer’s OAK team. If palmer is so committed to winning how come he threw 4 ints and had 2 fumbles in NFC championship game. It’s mike Brown’s fault the Bengals lost, not Palmer’s. Palmer takes no accountability and shows no gratitude to the fans and organization that loved him…He quit!!!!

  16. Why is Burrow using Jordan Palmer as his private QB coach? Jordan never did anything as a QB beyond being Carson’s brother. Nepotism is the ONLY reason Jordan had a roster spot with the Mighty Bengals. He’d be far better off working with Carson.

  17. JazzBass1 says:
    February 17, 2020 at 4:46 pm
    This is more BS. The Bengals are better than the run of crud teams behind them in the draft. The facts are the Bengals were one of the best in football from 2011 through 2015. There is no way they have a shot at him if AJ Green played this year. So all the people out there with this garbage Mike Brown knowledge you supposedly have, just go away… Please…
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    They were the champions…of losing in the Wild Card round. Their last playoff win was while Bush Sr. was President. Even the Browns have won a playoff game more recently.

  18. Can’t blame him. Nothing in the franchise’s history suggests they’re willing to do what it takes to put a true contender on the field. I hope he’s prepared to set a sack record.

  19. Joe Greene was super excited about joining the Steelers.

    The team with the first overall draft pick is in that spot for a reason. They are the worst team in football. That’s how the draft works.

    Not like if he goes to Miami number two he joins a winning tradition. They are the second worst team in football. Etc.

  20. mazblast says:

    Why is Burrow using Jordan Palmer as his private QB coach? Jordan never did anything as a QB beyond being Carson’s brother.
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    Most QB coaches in the NFL never did much as actual QB’s.

  21. Lets say he says he won’t play for the Bengals.
    Some other team will trade for him, who?

    The Dolphins? Will he be happy then?

    The Colts? Will they give up enough trade value to get him, more than other teams like the Dolphins?

    The Jets and Giants and Redskins may want to see what they have in their newly drafted QBs. Besides, are they better off than the Bengals?

    I don’t see Belichick trading up.

    The Ravens, Rams, eagles, KC, Titans, Steelers? Nope.

    He’s going to end up with a bad team.

  22. What would Eli do?
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    Unless Joe Burrow’s father was an elite quarterback talent who was the second pick of the draft and who languished for a decade playing for a pitiful, losing franchise, why would he care what Eli did?

  23. Burrow should just be thankful, whoever drafts him no.1 overall. If Trevor Lawrence was draft eligible we wouldn’t be having this discussion about Joe Burrow.

  24. Man I hope he comes to Cincy and wins rings and shuts Palmer the coward up. You would have thought he would have eaten some crow after a rookie QB comes in and takes his 4-12 team to the playoffs the next year and 5 years straight

  25. Joe Burrow really needs a PR team. He could extend and max out his earnings with the right PR around him, and of course the right agency support. He just seems to be shooting from the hip with a lot of his answers.

  26. Burrow is salivating to become a Bengal so he can put his stamp on the league. It’s a QB’s dream to prove he can overcome a bad situation. Carson Palmer is bitter simply because he couldn’t do it. This kid can, and will.

  27. I get the idea of posturing to go where it’s favorable. But geez man, it’s such a blessing – to be able to go to franchise that hasn’t gotten over that’s in your backyard – to jockey like that deminishes him in my eyes a bit. And I’m a huge Burrow / Buckeye / Browns fan.

  28. Honestly I hate how horrible organizations get Great players and somehow muff up there Career. I’m not sure if its possible or how but they need to change how the Draft works. You got teams out there I honestly believe they use a Magic 8 Ball to make decisions. The NFL could be much better if there was more structure agree or Disagree that’s my opinion.

  29. Why is everybody acting like joining the Bengals is like being sentenced to Devil’s Island? Yeah, the team is down right now. That’s why it has the #1 pick. But the Bengals have had ups as well as downs. They made the playoffs five straight years, 2011-2015, and Mike Brown was the owner then. If he’s such a cheapskate, how did he put together a consistent playoff team just a few years ago? The Bengal organization certainly isn’t considered among the NFL’s elite, but it’s ridiculous to act like Cincinnati is the hellhole of the league.

  30. Bengals went to five straight playoffs after Palmer left. Other than the Patriots, Packers and Seahawks, no one does that.

    The “Bengals aren’t committed to winning” is a lazy narrative based on the 1990s and s story about Gatorade.

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