Joe Burrow taking more sacks than ever in Year 3

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In his rookie year, Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending injury on a sack, and the Bengals said they needed to improve their offensive line. In his second year, Burrow was sacked more than any other quarterback in the NFL, and the Bengals again said they needed to improve their offensive line.

Now Burrow is in his third year, and he’s getting sacked more than ever.

Burrow was sacked six times in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys, a week after he was sacked seven times in a loss to the Steelers. Through two games, Burrow has been sacked 13 times, which puts him on pace for a preposterous 111 sacks in a season. The NFL record is 76, set by David Carr with the expansion Texans in 2002.

Burrow certainly won’t be sacked 111 times this year, in part because he won’t stay healthy long enough to take 111 sacks if he keeps getting hit this often. But despite the way the Bengals prioritized revamping their offensive line over the offseason, the situation has not improved.

And that’s because improving is ultimately on Burrow, who needs to get better at seeing the pass rush coming and getting rid of the ball quickly. Burrow is one of the NFL’s best young passers, but he simply isn’t good enough at avoiding sacks. The Bengals need him to get better in a hurry.

8 responses to “Joe Burrow taking more sacks than ever in Year 3

  1. Bengals are looking more like a fluke than ever. No pass protection and it looks like teams are figuring out coverages on their receivers. If they don’t right the ship the season could be over quickly and if they don’t protect Burrow he’s going to get injured again.

  2. Maybe Burrow can’t process as fast as Allen/Mahomes. Maybe the sacks are on him, and not the O line.

  3. Not good enough at avoiding sacks? Are you kidding me? The guy has spent his first three years running for his life, but he’s getting the bum’s rush on every snap. It’s crazy.

  4. Part of a QB skill is avoiding the rush and getting the ball out quickly. I think it’s clear at this point Burrow doesn’t have this skill.

  5. Have to say long time bengal fan here! its almost all on zak Taylor he calls all the offensive plays so no one is to blame but him. Anybody please take tally he never runs draws, play action, screens, or just a 2 or 3 step drop back for the qb.

  6. Really he doesn’t seem to have as many escape routes in these first 2 games. When you almost completely replace your O-Line, you need the preseason games to practice. The coaches said the line was ready. They clearly are not. This is on Taylor.

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