CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow supplied some recommendation for these panicking concerning the group’s winless begin heading into Week 3.
“Let’s all just take a deep breath and relax,” Burrow stated Wednesday throughout his weekly information convention. “We’re gonna be fine. We’re not worried about it.”
Cincinnati’s reign as defending AFC champions has not gone properly. The Bengals are the primary group within the Tremendous Bowl period to lose their first two video games regardless of being at the very least a 7-point favourite in every contest, based on ESPN Stats & Data.
Staying calm regardless of the early losses was a major speaking level for Burrow and several other of the Bengals forward of this weekend’s recreation towards the New York Jets, who will likely be beginning back-up quarterback Joe Flacco.
Bengals coach Zac Taylor stated Burrow has readability concerning the scenario. The fourth-year coach added that it is simple to sense the panic whereas fielding questions throughout his press convention. Taylor relishes the added stress for this 12 months’s group to carry out properly following final 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl look.
“We’ve been begging for expectations,” Taylor stated, who began his teaching tenure in Cincinnati with a 2-14 season in 2019. “We’ve been begging for high standards and now they’re here and this is part of it. When you start out slower than what you hoped and what people anticipated, then you’re gonna deal with that. And I love it.”
The Bengals are the lone group within the AFC North with no win after two weeks. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens are all 1-1.
Cincinnati’s offense has come below hearth after scoring simply three touchdowns within the first two video games, with all of these drives coming within the second half. Burrow’s mantra of getting persistence prolonged to his consolation degree with the offensive line after taking 13 sacks within the first two video games.
“Those guys are working hard to get it right,” Burrow stated. “I can do a lot more to help them, too. And we can do more with play-calling to help them as well. We’re getting this thing right. Nobody’s panicking.”
Burrow stated whereas there isn’t any panic, there may be an urgency to keep away from an 0-3 begin. For the reason that group’s loss to Dallas, Burrow has referenced the a number of two-game dropping skids the Bengals suffered final season, together with one which featured began with an upset loss to the Jets in Week 8.
The highest total choose within the 2020 draft stated a few of the identical points which were mentioned just lately have been additionally talked about final 12 months earlier than the Bengals corrected course, secured their first playoff berth since 2015 and received their first AFC championship since 1989. Burrow stated how the group fared final 12 months provides him confidence Cincinnati can do it once more.
And with regards to respiration simple and feeling good about issues regardless of early struggles, Burrow is not alone.
“At the end of the day, we know that we have a good football team and that we’re gonna get back on track and we’ll be in good shape,” Taylor stated. “And everyone can relax.”