Ted Karras: Our line has to earn Joe Burrow’s trust

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The Bengals spent the offseason trying to improve their offensive line after Joe Burrow was sacked 70 times over the course of last season, but the early returns have not been good.

Burrow has been sacked 13 times over the first two weeks of the season and the Bengals are 0-2 as they head into this weekend’s matchup with the Jets. Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said on Monday that Burrow’s playing style plays a role in some of the sacks and that certainly plays a role, but so does the blocking and center Ted Karras said that the offensive line has not done enough to make Burrow comfortable in the pocket.

“That’s our biggest goal here moving forward — helping our guy have confidence in us, earning his trust,” Karras said, via Ben Baby of ESPN.com. “I feel like it’s something we haven’t done yet.”

Karras is one of four new starters on the line and another one, right tackle La'el Collins, said he’s confident the group “will get on the same page and just start doing what we do.” The sooner the better for the Bengals’ chances of making it back to the postseason.

12 responses to “Ted Karras: Our line has to earn Joe Burrow’s trust

  1. Another Patriot leaves the tutelage of BB while overpaid and it goes sideways. He had a nice year last year with a rookie QB, but Karras is now in an inferior environment overall.

  2. Maybe try playing your starters in the preseason, especially if 80% of your line is brand new.

  3. Had a sinking feeling a slow start was on the horizon. 4 new starters on the o-line, 0 time played together in the preseason, Burrow’s appendectomy, 0 reps in preseason. Zach Taylor looks like he’s never called a game before. I expect all of these areas to improve pretty fast because if it stays the course, some heads will be rolling soon.

  4. Hopefully they won’t be worrying about Burrow getting another season-ending injury. C’mon Cincy! You’ve finally got a good one – make him last!

  5. touchback6 says:
    September 20, 2022 at 9:40 am
    Another Patriot leaves the tutelage of BB while overpaid and it goes sideways. He had a nice year last year with a rookie QB, but Karras is now in an inferior environment overall.

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    Karras is the 6th highest rated center by PFF for the first two games. He’s also playing with and directing four completely new players who didn’t play together until 16 days ago. They will get it.

  6. Perhaps it’s time for Taylor to evaluate his Oline coaching staff. Burrow won’t finish the season with this pathetic pass protection.

  7. Meanwhile the much maligned Patriots offensive line gave up 0 sacks this week. Maybe Matt Patricia is a good coach like Bill said.

  8. Notice how the media ignores the soup du jour 0-2 AFC teams.

    All we heard all summer is how about 6 AFC teams are magically superior to NE. We’ll see when the dust settles, but the disingenuous coverage of this is an embarrassment to journalism.

    The Raiders, Bengals, Titans, Jets, Browns, Ravens, Steelers…..Hmm.

  9. doctorrumack says:
    September 20, 2022 at 10:39 am
    touchback6 says:
    September 20, 2022 at 9:40 am
    Another Patriot leaves the tutelage of BB while overpaid and it goes sideways. He had a nice year last year with a rookie QB, but Karras is now in an inferior environment overall.

    ——————-

    Karras is the 6th highest rated center by PFF for the first two games. He’s also playing with and directing four completely new players who didn’t play together until 16 days ago. They will get it.

    =—————–

    I didn’t say anything about Karras. I said he’s playing in a worse ENVIRONMENT than what he was in NE.

    He played well last year next to David Andrews as well. I am saying Cincy’s OL is WORSE than NEs.

  10. If you run every time the defense is expecting run, and throw when the defense knows you have to throw, you can have the best O-Line in history, and you’ll still get your QB injured. I saw this same thing happening when Chuck Pagano was coaching the Colts. It ended Andrew Luck’s career, and I feel like I’m watching the same thing happen to Burrow.

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