Joe Burrow: “Losing isn’t very fun”

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Last year, Joe Burrow played 15 games and lost none. This year, he has played two games. And lost both.

“Losing isn’t very fun,” Burrow told reporters after Thursday’s 35-30 loss to the Browns. “This might be the only time in my sporting career that I have lost two games in a row. It doesn’t feel very good. I know that the guys in there are hurting. We are going to come back to work tomorrow and try to get this thing right. Losing is unacceptable to me, to everyone in there, to coach [Zac] Taylor and to everybody in this organization. We are just going to have to get it fixed.”

It’s an admirable attitude, but it’s likely not something that will quickly change. The Bengals have Burrow because they went 2-14 last year.

“I will never adjust or accept losing,” Burrow added. “That is just something that is not in my mindset so this 0-2 start is really hurting me. I know it is hurting Coach and everybody in there. We will never adjust to losing. We will never accept losing. We are just going to have to get it right.”

They have a few extra days to get it right before playing again, next Sunday at Philadelphia.

And the wins will come. The Bengals could have won both of their games this year. And Burrow improved significantly from Sunday to Thursday, ironing out the occasions in which he tried to do too much while completing 37 of 61 passes.

The 61 attempts are No. 2 in franchise history (behind Jon Kitna’s 68), and the most ever in a Bengals’ non-overtime game. Also, the 37 completions tie Carson Palmer for No. 2 on the Bengals’ single-game list. The performance has drawn widespread praise for the first overall pick in the draft.

“[W]e are 0-2,” Burrow said. “That is all that matters.”

With that kind of attitude, and given the way he performed last night, the wins definitely will come.

45 responses to “Joe Burrow: “Losing isn’t very fun”

  1. All I see is another rookie who can’t throw left or misses wide open guys breaking free to the left. Shame on coach for gameplan the past 2 weeks of throwing. All qbs need a ground game especially rookies.
    Bengals passing on Trevor?

  2. Joe isn’t the problem. He needs more talent around him, like O-line help. The biggest need is defensive help. If the scouting personnel can bring in a strong draft next year, this team can start competing, and push for the playoffs. I can see them landing a wild card spot next season.

  3. Its called, “taking what the defense gives you…”
    Try dumping it off to an RB in the flat once in a while and the OC needs drastic improvement in scheming those RBs open. WOW!!! Talk about unimaginative, awful play design. Yikes.
    How many times Mixon / Gio were open and could have at least advanced the ball. Instead, he’s forcing late hero throws into 85% covered WRs. Not a good performance, darn ugly in fact. He has a long way to go. The game is much faster than his anticipation and abilities.

  4. Burrow looked fine, he could’ve easily had a few INTs, but he played well. The announcers were insane in anointing him Cincy’s savior. He’s fine, but no one knows. Every first round QB is overpraised.

    We should all remember that in their first couple of years Tennessee and Tampa Bay looked set with Mariota and Winston – that’s what the talking heads were saying.

    Burrow looks promising, but it’s ridiculous how much praise he got after one game, now many times they said he was “special” last night, etc. Cincy isn’t very good right now, and considering that he’s done very well.

    I hope he does well. I don’t root for anyone to fail. It’s just a bit much at this point. He’s an unproven QB. He will have to grow and improve as teams get more tape on him. That will be the challenge and that will show whether he can make it or not.

  5. The best college player who becomes the first draft pick often goes to the worst team. Terry Bradshaw, Jim Plunkett, Troy Aikman, Peyton Manning are a few that come to mind. The roster is weak, and the young QB takes his lumps until they get the ship upright. Eventually the winning comes, then the super bowls, and finally the Hall Of Fame. I can see Burrow following these other HOFers. He looks like the real deal. I can’t help but chuckle when I recall the first years of these other great QB’s. They ran around like a deer in headlights for a little while, but then they became some of the most dominant players in NFL history. Bengals’ fans, enjoy the ride!

  6. Breaking news: Losing isn’t very fun.
    I think that outside of Cubs fans, everyone already knew this.

  7. Burrow looks the part out there. In comparison to other rookie QBs that played last year, he just carries himself like a vet in comparison to them.

  8. If the Bengals don’t do a better job of protecting Burrow, he may not make the season. He took a beating last night.

  9. Good game Browns. Late in the game – possibly the last drive – Burrow scrambled toward Cleveland’s bench, and was taken down on his way out of bounds. I believe it was Sheldon Richardson on Cleveland’s sideline, walked over and helped Burrow up off the ground. I thought it was a nice gesture, and showed that Joe earned some respect from that D last night.

  10. Fact is Zac Taylor isn’t a real NFL HC and Joe Mixon is crazy overrated. They’ve got a poor online and their defense isn’t very good either. Burrow might win 2 games this year with these guys.

  11. Love Burrow! We all saw problems with the O-line coming into the season so no surprise he’s running for his life

  12. Joe Burrow is the quintessential example of how below average arm talent can prosper with today’s NFL rules that favor the passing offense. He is a taller more athletic version of Chad Pennington. All his deep balls last night were floaters.

  13. If I were Burrow I’d play out my rookie contract then go to a team with an owner who wants to win. That doesn’t apply to Mike Brown.

  14. Yup! You lost to Baker Mayfield and the Browns, that’s got to be a all time low. By the way, as long as Zac Taylor is the head coach you won’t be winning much and you may need a new throwing shoulder before long.

  15. I like this kid for some reason. Yes his offensive line stinks…but what’s up with his wide receivers? Can they actually get more than one yard of separation without getting blasted within 1 second of a catch? It’s like all those wide receivers have glue on their feet.

  16. Don’t worry if you get a second contract it won’t be in cinci. Mike brown will be sweating bullets paying you 40 mil a year

  17. Some teams are perpetually stuck drafting high in the first round. Some teams are not. This is the way.

  18. Joe Burrow has the potential to be great. He looks pro ready. I like him already. Their o-line needs to protect him though. You don’t want him to be another Andrew Luck!

  19. Yes losing isn’t fun, yet Lane Johnson doesn’t think winning SIX Super Bowls in New England was fun, go figure!

  20. Burrow is the real deal but his O-line is pretty bad, clearly the worst in the NFL. It was terrible last year but the team keeps letting Bobby Hart trot out. Billy Price was supposed to be the replacement for Xavier Sua-Filo but they put Fred Johnson in at RG and he got dominated. The D-line was overrun last night but will be better when Geno Atkins, Mike Daniels, Josh Tupou, and Wren get back. Missing 4 of the top 5 DTs leads to 200 yards rushing for the opponent. Let’s hope the LBs improve their tackling.

    If Bengals find some good O-linemen for the right side and Zac Taylor is actually a decent NFL coach, then the future is bright. Of course they could have just hired Bill Callahan in the offseason to replace Turner and probably would have won last night.

  21. Impressive to see how the Andy attacks shifted to Joe so quickly. Give the kid a chance, couch pundits

  22. So many experts commenting on players, coaching, game planning, scheming, ball trajectory, and no one thinks that game 2 of a rookie QB’s first season may be a bit too soon to judge his future? I see comments like, “All his long balls are floaters”. Taylor is not a HC. Mixon is the most overrated RB. So much nonsense.
    1)The right side of the line was terrible. 2 games in a row now and most all of last year. 2)They spent a truckload of cash on FA’s for the defense and they still can’t even slow down the run.
    There are the reasons this team struggles. Why is it the same? The last 4 years have been the exact same issue. It’s like it doesn’t matter who the coaches or players are.

  23. charliecharger says:
    September 18, 2020 at 8:09 am
    The best college player who becomes the first draft pick often goes to the worst team. Terry Bradshaw, Jim Plunkett, Troy Aikman, Peyton Manning are a few that come to mind. The roster is weak, and the young QB takes his lumps until they get the ship upright. Eventually the winning comes, then the super bowls, and finally the Hall Of Fame. I can see Burrow following these other HOFers. He looks like the real deal. I can’t help but chuckle when I recall the first years of these other great QB’s. They ran around like a deer in headlights for a little while, but then they became some of the most dominant players in NFL history. Bengals’ fans, enjoy the ride!

    48 8 Rate This
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    There have been much, much more high overall picks that bust than are successful.
    Mariota, Winston, Russell, RGIII, etc.
    Let’s wait a season before anointing Burrow as a HOFer

  24. if they don’t get a couple of o linemen burrow will be on the injured list before long. can’t understand why they invest in a new qb but refuse to pay for good linemen. play calling is suspect at best. offense and defense coordinators should not be in the NFL at all. Duke Tobin needs to step up and make some decisions immediately.

  25. Cleveland should have had one or two INT’s, but how many passes did the Bengals drop? Stone hands AJ Green must have dropped 3-4 just by himself.

  26. charliecharger says:
    September 18, 2020 at 8:09 am
    The best college player who becomes the first draft pick often goes to the worst team. Terry Bradshaw, Jim Plunkett, Troy Aikman, Peyton Manning are a few that come to mind. The roster is weak, and the young QB takes his lumps until they get the ship upright. Eventually the winning comes, then the super bowls, and finally the Hall Of Fame.
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    Plunkett is not in the Hall of Fame.

  27. Joe’s saying the right things, he has a lot of things he needs to work on to get better at this level. But at some point, priority #1 will have to be working on not becoming the next David Carr.

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