Joe Burrow not surprised to be back in AFC Championship Game: “Winning is expected”

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Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was asked on Friday whether he finds it surreal that he’s already playing in his second AFC Championship Game in just his third NFL season. He said that to him, it feels normal.

“I wouldn’t say it’s surreal. I would say winning is expected,” Burrow said, via WLWT.

Burrow acknowledged that many outside the organization wouldn’t have expected it: They were 2-14 in Zac Taylor’s first season in 2019, which allowed them to pick Burrow first overall in the 2020 NFL draft. Then they went 4-11-1 in Burrow’s rookie year, before getting to the Super Bowl in Burrow’s second season and now getting a game away from the Super Bowl in Burrow’s third season.

“I think if you would’ve told people that we were going to be in this spot a couple of years ago, I think people would say we were crazy, but we trusted the process, trusted the organization and the front office and put together a great team and great people and got us to this point,” Burrow said.

Burrow undeniably expects to win tomorrow in Kansas City and to punch his second straight ticket to the Super Bowl.

63 responses to “Joe Burrow not surprised to be back in AFC Championship Game: “Winning is expected”

  1. I want to see a 1988 season Super Bowl rematch between the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers. Instead of Joe Montana and Boomer Esiason…it will be Joe Burrow and Brock Purdy. Eagles and Chiefs can wait.

  2. I love all the Joe Burrow hate. Find me a clip of Patrick mahomes or even Brock Purdy saying they don’t expect to win it all every season. Can’t do it, because winning QBs are dumbfounded when they don’t win. It’s why Aaron Rodgers has looked so silly the last few years, he expects to win, just like they all should.

  3. I used to like burrow because he was a bayou bengal now he’s just arrogant… I hope he makes 10 super bowls in his career and wins none of them

  4. I don’t get why people are calling him arrogant. What’s he supposed to say? Of course he’s going to be confident. Every quarterback in the NFL is confident that they’re going to win.

  5. Doubt either QB is going to be the difference in this game. Each game they’ve played the last two years has come down to an FG, and it has turned every time on defensive plays. Also, how all of these new Cincy fans act, you’d think the Bengals have dominated the games when it’s been pretty even each time and been more on KC messing up than anything they did. They were at the goal line with less than two minutes left last year and somehow screwed that up.

  6. Chiefs 33 Bengals 28

    49ers 24 Eagles 19

    Bengals and Eagles collectives talking like these games are already over.

  7. Burrow is just confident enough to not be arrogant. Barely. Great QB. Refund quote was priceless.

  8. How long before this act gets tired?

    Never. What would you expect him to say?
    He’s one of the elite QBs in the league, of course he’ll be confident.

  9. jdphx says:
    January 28, 2023 at 7:09 am
    How long before this act gets tired?
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    First of all, I don’t think Joe Burrow puts on an “act” for anyone. Second, I guess he should say he….what? DOESN’T expect to win. Seems to me most people that dislike Burrow only dislike him because he’s not on their team.

  10. Guys like Tiger Woods, Joe Montana, and Joe Burrow have always been the best. They expect to win. You watch them and they’re clearly the best. Joe Burrow plays QB in a QB league. We’ve been watching for the last 50-60 years the teams with the best QB’s win the most championships. Now, Joe Burrow, after winning a National Championship in college as expected, comes to the next level and is clearly better than all the other QB’s. He has all the physical tools and a brain that functions at a high level. But he remains very calm mentally when the plays break down and is able to function at a higher level. That’s his best asset. Those were Tom Brady’s and Joe Montana’s best assets too. And definitely Tiger Woods. Expect Burrow to be in these championship games every year, as long as he’s healthy. But Burrow is doing in Cincinnati exactly what Joe Montana did in San Francisco. The only difference is there are millions more keyboards, and everyone competing for a soundbite.

  11. This is actually just the “natural” course of events. Remember how everybody was rooting for the New England Patriots (with their backup Quarterback) to beat the St. Louis Rams (Greatest Show on Turf). It was a great story. Everybody loved it. Until the Patriots started winning….a lot. Then Tom Brady became Public Enemy #1. The Patriots became a hated organization. People like you as long as you’re here then gone. Stick around long enough and people will hate on you because you’ve beaten “their” team. You said something that rubbed them the wrong way. You expect to win. They’ll take anything and turn it because…well, now you’re winning. And they hate you for it.

  12. Niner fans have their own swag talking about a SB.

    Deep down they know this is their stop and they’re already gathering their lunch bags to get off the bus.

  13. He is telling the truth. The best QB in the league expects to win games. Absolutely shocking. Flame the kid because he’s confident in himself. Failures in life tend to hate people who succeed.

  14. This is nothing.

    Remember the LB for the Boys, Hollywood Henderson before SB 13 said Bradshaw was so dumb, he couldn’t spell cat if you spotted him the “c” and the “a”.

    Ray Buchanan, the Falcon’s CB, wore a dog collar to media day and said Shannon Sharpe looked like Mr. Ed.

    Plaxico Burress said the mighty Pats would only score 17 to which Brady said he didn’t mind him predicting the Giants would win but a score of 45-42 would have been more appropriate. Pats scored 14.

    This is what makes football great. Now of course the NFL will probably fine everyone involved.

  15. Roll on KC!! Cincy didn’t look all that great in their playoff games. Buffalo were pathetic, the weather conditions were perfect for a team that can’t pass block. Come Sunday KC will prove they are the Best!

  16. It’s refreshing to see Burrow show his belief and confidence.
    People complain when players or coaches give vanilla, boilerplate answers to questions.
    Others complain when they’re too real. Never satisfied. lol
    As long as he shows sportsmanship during and after the game, why change.

  17. If Mahomes had said that same thing, he’d be lambasted by the media. For Burrow, it’s just adorable swag.

  18. This kid. I find the hate for him odd. I don’t think people watch his pressers like bengals fans do. It’s confidence. From an old bengals fan’s perspective, like myself, it’s so refreshing, and terrifying. But we love it. During a presser at 2021 training camp, a reporter asked him what he expected in the upcoming season.. and without missing a beat he replied “I expect to win a lot of games.” That’s his vibe. Best to get on board and enjoy the ride. WHO DEY!

  19. chue says:
    January 28, 2023 at 9:29 am

    jdphx says:
    January 28, 2023 at 7:09 am
    How long before this act gets tired?
    ____________________________________________
    First of all, I don’t think Joe Burrow puts on an “act” for anyone. Second, I guess he should say he….what? DOESN’T expect to win. Seems to me most people that dislike Burrow only dislike him because he’s not on their team.
    ____________________________________

    I don’t dislike players for no apparent reason, but the Bengals talk so much and act like they have not benefited from Lamar being hurt the past 2 seasons. And they have not won the big one. I don’t hear any Chiefs chirping like these guys do.

  20. Gonna really enjoy it when they have to pay these guys. That will be the end of the bragging.

  21. Couple points favoring the Bengals in this one:
    1. Zac Taylors brother is the Jaguars OC. I expect some knowledge sharing.
    2. You don’t go all season without missing Tyreek Hill. The Chiefs will in this game.

  22. Amazing how people see Burrow’s view of himself and his team as arrogance instead of self-confidence. He is answering questions directly and I’ve never heard him dis anyone. He always gives the other team props. He was pretty complimentary about the Chiefs, their rookie players, D-line, Chris Jones, their coaching, that they are one of the best teams they’ve played, was honest about how its easy to get fooled by some play calls… He seems like a pretty level-headed guy who believes in himself.

  23. logicalone says:
    January 28, 2023 at 8:50 am
    The kid is as good as Mahomes.

    ——————————-

    Ummmm, better than Mahommes went it comes to pocket presence and reading defenses.

  24. He’s a good player, but I cannot stand his attention seeking–from the silly outfits to the silly bravado. I hope KC stomps them.

  25. Reporter: Hey Joe, are u surprised you guys made it this far?

    Joe: No, we expect to win every year so im not surprised.

    PFT commenters: Oh my god i wish this kid would lose 10 superbowls he needs humbled!

    Please lets just play the game and stop the pre game talk. For the Bengal haters, we dont need to know why you “were” rooting for the bengals but now youre not. Noone cares nor asked you to root for the Bengals. Go root for the one and done dynasty.

  26. Patrick Mahomes says he is playing on sunday despite the ankle injury. Oh my god that guys so arrogant to think he can just play with a bad foot. I hope he loses every game he plays in forever! Beta males hate joe burrow.

  27. Burrow is a straight up pimp. Everyone talks about Josh and Patrick but this dude just wins. He is an assassin and carries this team more than anyone else does theirs. He has second and third stringers as o-linemen and he gets them to the Championship game yet again. This kid is lethal and how can you not love and cheer for this dude, and I’m a Bills fan.

  28. Joe Burrow before JaMarr Chase: 2-7-1. Joe Burrow after JaMarr Chase: 22-10.

    Maybe Chase is worthy of the braggadocio.

  29. Pump the brakes here. Until he wins a Super Bowl or 2 he’s just another in the long line of excellent QBs. Only those that win the Big Game get to be called champion.

  30. Mtsteel41 nailed it when he said maybe they should win a 🏆 before they spout off the way they do

  31. chue says:
    January 28, 2023 at 9:56 am

    This is actually just the “natural” course of events. Remember how everybody was rooting for the New England Patriots (with their backup Quarterback) to beat the St. Louis Rams (Greatest Show on Turf). It was a great story. Everybody loved it. Until the Patriots started winning….a lot. Then Tom Brady became Public Enemy #1. The Patriots became a hated organization. People like you as long as you’re here then gone. Stick around long enough and people will hate on you because you’ve beaten “their” team. You said something that rubbed them the wrong way. You expect to win. They’ll take anything and turn it because…well, now you’re winning. And they hate you for it.
    —————–
    I mostly agree, but the cheating scandals were a big reason why people hated on the Pats. Especially Spygate, which was 100% legit, and they were busted doing it again years later against the Bengals, but that one was swept under the rug. But yes, people do resent lots of success.

  32. This kid is awesome! The tools calling him arrogant whats he supposed to say we expect to lose? Child please you wish he was on your team! Go Bengals!!

  33. Let him win a chip before talking?how about let the guy accumulate some Experience before you crap on him? Last year his first full year as a starter has the bengals in the Super Bowl. Are you fricking kidding me? Who hill d have won the Super Bowl if not for that atrocious penalty at the goal line. Here he is one year later about to do it again. And whomever that fool was talking about Lamar Jackson nobody is afraid of that high school qb who will be bagging groceries in 5 years. People have a hard time with change but you all better get used to it. It’s going to happen, you’re going to hate us and let the hate flow.

  34. Looking at last weeks games
    # 2 Philly beats the # 8 Giants
    # 1 KC beats # 7 Jax
    # # 4 SanFrancisco beats # 6 Dallas
    # 5 Cinn beats # 3 Buffalo
    Cincinnati absolutely looked the best team of the 8
    San Fran’s beating of Dallas was way more impressive than Phiily’s beat down of the Giants
    If Mahomes was 100 % i would say he and Joe were even, but I watched Bo Nix of the Oregon Ducks go from a heisman candidate to a 2nd class QB with a high ankle sprain , If this + beating them in their back yard w/a healthy Patrick shouldn’t make them favorites thats just nuts

  35. It is worth pointing out that at the start of the Bengal’s season they had a new offensive line and Joe Burrow had a serious appendectomy which left him out of preseason games.
    So they lost their first two regular season games.
    Convert those two losses into one or more victories and they might have the number one seed and be playing at home.
    But doesn’t matter now; they are a road team as last year’s (lesser) team proved.

  36. LOL at all the Burrow-haters in these comments. Probably Steelers fans. Enjoy the view, folks!

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