C.J. Uzomah: “Tough” to see Joe Burrow get hit as much as he did

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It’s not hard to figure out where the Bengals will be focusing a good deal of their attention this offseason.

Quarterback Joe Burrow was pressured into an incompletion by Aaron Donald on Cincinnati’s final offensive snap of the Super Bowl, which made for a fitting end to a year that saw him take 70 sacks between the regular season and playoffs. Add in other pressures, hits, and hurries and you had a quarterback who was under duress far too often.

Tight end C.J. Uzomah is one of many who believes that the team is going to spend a lot of time working to clean that up as they head into next season.

“You don’t want your quarterback to get hit one time, let alone how many times it was, not even counting the things that weren’t sacks but just hits in general,” Uzomah said. “It has been tough. You don’t want to see your franchise quarterback get hit as many times as he did. That is probably going to be a point of emphasis coming up.”

It’s hard to argue with Uzomah’s read and the team’s offseason emphasis will also affect him as he’s headed for free agency after showing he can be a reliable option in the passing game throughout the season. The Bengals have a lot of cap space at their disposal, so we’ll see if they earmark some for holding onto Uzomah while addressing the offensive line.

20 responses to “C.J. Uzomah: “Tough” to see Joe Burrow get hit as much as he did

  1. Burrow isn’t Cam Newton, he won’t last get hitting all the time. Better do something to fix the O-line.

  2. Heartbreaking loss on Sunday, but looking forward to an even better season next year. Haters get some new jokes, as Bungles no longer applies.

  3. If Burrow is the face of the franchise, C.J. Was the heart this season. I hope we will see him back next season because I cannot imagine this team without his personality off the field and production on it. #whynotus

  4. Amazing how many problems arise when you lose. Nobody seemed to care or talked about Burrow getting hit when they were winning.

  5. usually cannot stand Uzomah, as he talks more than he produces on the field. but he is right

  6. They better open up that check book. We can’t rely on the draft alone, if painfully obvious that hasn’t been working with the line.

  7. They had plenty of cap space to address that problem for the 2021 season, and yet they didn’t do it–even with a first-pick QB coming back from an ACL. Taylor’s going to need to persuade Brown to blow the cobwebs off his checkbook.

  8. They haven’t so much as ignored the O-Line as drafted poorly while trying to improve it. Hard to argue with taking Chase, but the underlying argument for Sewell wasn’t wrong. They currently have 58 mil of cap space, which will increase when the cut Waynes and some others; drafting 31st will get them a good interior lineman but it’s no secret that they need to smartly invest free agent money in probably 2 O-Linemen if not 3. It’s hard to say who they’re committed to on the current line; Hopkins is average, Jonah Williams is average and the rest are below that. They need the kind of overhaul they spent on the defense the last 2 off-seasons (which turned out pretty well, btw).

  9. coaching was the problem in that super bowl….i am wondering why the cinn coaches are getting off scott free from blame…. perplexes me

  10. With a good o-line protecting Joe Burrow, The Bengals will definitely be back in the post season. They will be the team to beat in the AFC North.

  11. billzondarise says:
    February 15, 2022 at 8:43 am
    Amazing how many problems arise when you lose. Nobody seemed to care or talked about Burrow getting hit when they were winning.

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    Have you been watching? The amount of sacks Burrow has taken has been the narrative for pretty much the whole season.

  12. Not to mention.. his o-line is responsible for his injury last year. Lucky he made it through this year!

  13. I cringed when he took the hit to his knee and I’m not a Bengals fan. There is no way he’ll make it unscathed without a very big upgrade in the offensive line.

  14. If the Bengals are smart, they’ll use their 1st rounder to draft a backup QB. It’s a matter of when (not if) Burrow goes out with an injury, and there is no way they’ll be able to fix all the holes on that line. They also should seriously consider hiring a new o-line coach.

  15. Who is the Bengals GM ? they need a new one you don’t just need 5 decent OL you need 8 nowadays .

  16. As a Rams fan I couldn’t have been more impressed with how he handled himself on Sunday. I think the sky’s the limit on where this team can go, but that o-line will definitely need an overhaul.

  17. Coach Taylor: remember Clear eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t lose? Taylor made a number of puzzling decisions in that game at critical times. (1) Going for it on 4th and 1 at midfield – didn’t make it – which gave Rams great field position leading to its first TD. (2) On the last drive for a tying FG, giving the ball to ??? instead of Mixon on 3rd and 1 – stuffed! McVay often gets outcoached in big games, but Taylor made it easy on him.

  18. Joe Burrow made Mike Brown look like a competent owner. The problem is he is not. He doesn’t care about the offensive line and he cares less now. I’m sure he thinks his formula is working so why spend any more money. Burrow is going to have a short career thanks to his owner. For his sake I hope he gets out of there as soon as he can.

  19. bradygirl12 says:
    February 15, 2022 at 11:01 am
    With a good o-line protecting Joe Burrow, The Bengals will definitely be back in the post season. They will be the team to beat in the AFC North.
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    Ravens and Bengals will fight it out in AFC North. Steelers are rebuilding and the Browns are the Browns

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