Joe Burrow: I got sacked a lot, but they weren’t all bad sacks

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Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is pushing back a bit against the idea that he took too many sacks last season.

Burrow says that some sacks aren’t so bad, and that a lot of his league-leading 51 sacks last season (plus another 19 in the postseason) weren’t of the bad variety.

“Here’s the thing about sacks. So there’s good sacks and bad sacks. You look at the stats, yeah I got sacked a lot. But you look at when they happened: Third-down sacks? Who cares about third-down sacks? I’m going to try to extend the play as long as I can to get the first down on third down, unless I’m in field-goal range, then I’ll throw the ball away and get some points,” Burrow said on the Full Send Podcast.

It’s certainly true that some sacks aren’t as bad as others, and taking a sack is better than throwing an interception. But it’s hard to call any sack “good,” and the Bengals don’t want to see Burrow getting sacked at all. The team invested in the offensive line this offseason to try to reduce the number of sacks Burrow takes, but a big part of it will be on Burrow himself to get rid of the ball more quickly, and avoid taking even the sacks that he may be able to justify as good sacks.

37 responses to “Joe Burrow: I got sacked a lot, but they weren’t all bad sacks

  1. That one at the end of the SB with burnt toast Jalen Ramsey laying on the ground and Chase wide open was one of the bad ones I think.

  2. Well, there you have it. And all this time, we didn’t think he liked getting knocked down.

  3. Love Burrow. The dude is tough as nails and enjoys the physical nature of the game but part of me hopes he adjusts his game to take fewer hits… Cincinnati needs that man to have a very long and HOF-worthy career.

  4. His calculations are overlooking the injury risk component. His career won’t be 1/5th as long as Brady’s if he doesn’t learn how to get the ball out of his hands sooner.

  5. Delusional. Bragging about getting sacked. Josh Allen would blow him out of the building with ease.

  6. I hope he feels the weight of Von Miller in January if they’re lucky enough to even make it there since he likes being sacked so much.

  7. I see the NFL adding a new stat that the talking heads can discuss. We could call them Happy Sacks and Sad Sacks….

  8. This is Joe being the amazing teammate that he is. Watched a recent podcast interview with him, and he said the line played great in the Superbowl. He will not throw his teammates under the bus. Ever.

  9. “Who cares about third-down sacks?”
    ===========

    Throw a grounder to the shortstop.

    Airmail it into the 5th row.

    Why give up the field position?

  10. There’s some truth to what he says, but on balance I’d tend to disagree.

    Field position is often a concern. For example, if you’re at your 30 and get sacked for a 7-yard loss, the other team’s special teams is much more likely to get a chance to field a punt. Even if not, it starts the opposing offense 7 yards closer to the red zone.

    Injuries are a concern. Like we learn by playing Madden, there’s some probability of injury with every hit you take.

    Ideally, you also want your quarterback to be making quick decisions and getting the ball out. Still, it’s not secret the offensive line was a weak point last year, and I like Burrow taking responsibility and not throwing them under the bus.

  11. Bills fans here seem anxious to play, since they’ve penciled themselves into the preseason SB already. See you in the regular season Buffalo, where those pesky OT rules still apply.

  12. Spoken like a young bull. To become an old bull he’ll have to learn to avoid needless hits.

  13. Any play that results in loss of down and yardage is a bad one.

    Really the only time I could call a sack preferable is when the QB is under heavy pressure, and it’s better to eat the ball and live to play another down, rather than chucking it up and having it picked.

  14. religionisforidiots says:
    May 19, 2022 at 9:25 am
    Delusional. Bragging about getting sacked. Josh Allen would blow him out of the building with ease.

    ——————-

    Josh Allen has only had 2 good seasons out of 4. His second season he had 20 turnovers. He was atrocious.

    Allen is a choke artist so far in his career and a stat padder. He also led his team in rushing in the 13 Seconds Game. Running QBs don’t last, but Burrow isn’t one of those.

  15. “Third-down sacks? Who cares about third-down sacks?”

    Idiot statement.

  16. Seeing how year one ended on IR and year two had him hobbling around, I’d say they are all bad sacks.

  17. Be worried Bengals fans. The last QB to say that was Andrew Luck. Their careers seem to be going to an eerily similar trajectory. Next thing you know Burrow gets tired of being a punching bag for Miles Garrett to the point that he announces his retirement during half time of a pre-season game and back to the seller you go playing musical QB’s for the rest of eternity like the Indianapolis Colts have.

  18. religionisforidiots says:
    May 19, 2022 at 9:26 am
    I hope he feels the weight of Von Miller in January if they’re lucky enough to even make it there since he likes being sacked so much.

    1362Rate This—— well he made it to February last year even with all the sacks so I think he’ll be all right

  19. Sacks = injury risk

    And are a symptom of holding onto the ball too long.

    Also – a third and 15 sack losing 10 yd compared to gaining a yards is a big deal in terms of field position

  20. Burrow completed 70.4% of his passes at 8.9 yards per attempt. He was gambling by buying time that they’d hit the big play and get it all back, and it worked. I do get the injury concerns, anytime your QB takes a hit is bad.

    Compared to Josh Allen who completed 63.3% for 6.8 yards per attempt. Allen had 126 more passing attempts and threw for 204 less yards than Burrow. Allen was sacked only 26 times but hit 64 times, while Burrow was sacked 51 but hit 48 times so Burrow was only actually hit 9 more times than Allen. Allen had 2.4 seconds in the pocket while Burrow had 2.3 seconds.

  21. Joe Burrow is right. If you’re trying to save 5 years of field position by throwing the ball away prematurely, you’re not playing to win, you’re playing not to lose.

    The best QBs don’t JUST extend plays. They extend them at the right time, and take risks at the right time.

    Joe Burrow with an Oline should scare the crap out of the league. I really believe that and I’m not even a Bengal fan.

  22. The idea is to move forward not backward (except for the kneel down). So any sack, tackle for a loss are negative outcomes (unless the purpose is to run the clock).

    While attempting to extend plays is admirable, the hits taken are like miles on a tire. Every hit is a concussion. The human body, specifically the unprotected QB body, is not designed to absorb all of those hits in awkward positions. He needs more protection and awareness in the pocket.

    Tom Brady has been very successful because he doesn’t take a lot of sacks (averaging 27 per season). An average of less than 2 sacks per game should be a primary goal of every GM, HC, OC and OL coach to ensure success for their QB. offense and team. More than 2 sacks per game is unsustainable for long term success and health of the QB. Burrow is averaging over 3 per game (only Deshaun Watson is worse 3.2). Brady 1.7, Pat Mahomes 1.5, Peyton Manning 1.1.

  23. As a fan who grew up with Favre, yes there are very good sacks.
    ==========

    Sure, Favre threw it to the other team too often.

    Rodgers may not throw INTs, but it would be interesting to count up all the drives he stalled with ill-timed sacks.

  24. I guess if you take a sack to keep the clock running that can be a good sack, in certain situations. Avoiding an interception would be the only other situation that comes to mind.

  25. Sounds to me like Joe is lobbying for a new Offensive line coach, in a crafty way.

  26. Allen is a choke artist so far in his career and a stat padder. He also led his team in rushing in the 13 Seconds Game. Running QBs don’t last, but Burrow isn’t one of those.
    ____________________
    LOL!!!!

    Translation: The Bills are better than my team and Allen is a better QB than my guy, and they’re going to sweep us.

  27. It’s a madden mentality.

    The problem with taking a tonne of sacks isn’t the drive but repeated hits.

    Remember that the Steelers couldn’t count on a healthy Ben for the first decade of his career. And the steelers were able to be ok cause of the top teir d but Cinch can’t provide that.

    If Joe goes down for 3 games the Bengals easily can fall to the bottom of their division.

  28. At least Bills fans have stopped crying about the OT rules. Now they think they want a piece of the AFC Champs. Get in line.

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