Zac Taylor: We made progress on offensive line, won’t apologize for it

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Bengals head coach Zac Taylor didn’t have an update about quarterback Joe Burrow‘s left leg injury when he spoke to reporters after Sunday’s 20-9 loss to the Washington Football Team, but Burrow appeared to spill the beans in a tweet telling fans he’ll see them next year.

When he does return, there will be a lot of focus on the job the Bengals have done to improve their blocking on the offensive line. Burrow took a league-high 72 hits through his first nine games of this season and he was injured on a hit after delivering a pass in the third quarter of Sunday’s game.

Taylor was asked if he felt the team did enough to protect Burrow this season.

“All we can do is make progress as the season goes,” Taylor said, via Paul Dehner of TheAthletic.com. “We gave up a lot of pressure in the beginning of the season. In these last couple weeks our guys have done a great job of keeping people off Joe. He’s had a great pocket, he did not have a sack in the first half. The hit, as I saw it, wasn’t with the ball in his hand. People keep talking about the offensive line without seemingly watching the film for the last four weeks. Again, those guys have done a good job, it’s been a revolving door of players they have been doing a great job. Joe has done a great job moving us down the field. We felt like we were making a lot of progress over the last five weeks and we are not going to apologize for any of that.”

Burrow was well protected against the Titans in Week 8 and for most of Sunday before the injury, but was sacked four times and hit nine times against the Steelers in Week 10 and sacked four times and hit seven times against the Browns in Week 7. That may have been an uptick from the early season, but there’s a lot of work left to do in Cincinnati.

15 responses to “Zac Taylor: We made progress on offensive line, won’t apologize for it

  1. Did you watch the game coach? Please get some blockers for the kid NOW!dont let him be another David Carr

  2. I love teams with absolutely horrible OL that think the first thing they need is a top QB when they have a high draft pick, it is what keeps the bust rate hovering around 70% for the last 10-15yrs! How many young QB’s have teams with high draft picks and horrible OL’s ruined over the last 20yrs?

    You put any QB(Wilson, Mahomes, Rodgers I don’t care how good they are) behind that Cincy OL and they are either going to look bad or get hurt or both!

  3. I played a little ball growing up but I would no way be a great coach, I would probably be a below average coach at the pro level. Even a below average coach would know you don’t put a rookie franchise quarterback out there and make him throw so much as to break the rookie passing record when you have an offensive line as abysmal as this one. We were all watching a slow train wreck, we all knew it was coming and Zach Taylor has to be held accountable

  4. Would they can this guy already? Hey Zac when you have a rookie QB with a crap offensive line maybe try not to throw the ball 60 times a game. Since you know…you are the clown calling the plays. Or did you skip that chapter in the Dave Shula coaching for dummies section. Idiot. I hope Burrow forces his way off this inept clown circus of a football team.

  5. The Burrow injury really highlights how far the Bengals franchise has fallen. Remember in 2005 when Carson Palmer (who was nowhere near Burrow talent and leadership-wise) suffered a similarly devastating injury? Remember how Bengals fans were angry at the Steelers, aka THE TEAM THAT ACTUALLY INJURED Palmer? No one even cares whether the hit by Washington was dirty or not, or who even did it for that matter. I don’t know how an organization can move forward as-is after committing this level of negligence.

  6. hamiltonbengals77 says:
    November 22, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    The Burrow injury really highlights how far the Bengals franchise has fallen. Remember in 2005 when Carson Palmer (who was nowhere near Burrow talent and leadership-wise) suffered a similarly devastating injury? Remember how Bengals fans were angry at the Steelers, aka THE TEAM THAT ACTUALLY INJURED Palmer? No one even cares whether the hit by Washington was dirty or not, or who even did it for that matter.
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    Burrow was injured by a WFT player who was pushed backwards by a Cincy OLman onto the QB’s leg. There’s no point in blaming Washington.

  7. To the guy saying Carson Palmer is no where near Burrow’s talent….Why don’t we give the kid more time before making stupid comments like that? Palmer might not have had a HOF career but he did have a 14 year career, throw for 45,000+ yards and a career QB rating of 88.

    Burrow might get there one day but he’s a long ways before you can say he’s more talented/better than Carson Palmer.

  8. Zac Taylor should be fired!!!!!!!! You don’t put your Franchise QB in that position week after week after week. The Bengals have a league high 45.1 pass plays a game. That is Passes + Sacks. The Cowboys are #2 on this list 44.9 common denominator both teams franchise QBs are out for the yr. Rounding out the list the Bears 42.7, the Eagles 41.9, the Falcons 41.6, the Jags 40.7 and the Bucs 40. another season of Jekyl and Hyde playcalling by Head Coaches and Offensive Coordinators around the league. Bears and Jags have run a league low 217 times each.

  9. Nobody said you didn’t make progress. They want to know why you took the worst offensive line in the league last year and doubled down on it after spending $100 million on defense and only two late round draft picks on OL.

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