Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor believes rookie quarterback Joe Burrow has all the tools to the franchise quarterback for the team as he “breathes life into Bengals offense”. After a poor 2019 campaign, the Bengals selected Burrow at No.
1 in this past NFL draft. Burrow, who led LSU to winning it all in college football last year, drew lots of positive attention to his name last college season and now the Bengals hope he will become a star in the NFL. “He’s got full grasp of our offense,” Taylor said, via NFL Media.
“You want your quarterback to be the hardest worker on the team and an extension of the coaching staff. He fits both those descriptions for us right now. He really breathes life into this offense, into this team. . . . He’s very confident; he’s not arrogant.
I think the team believes in this guy right now, but again he’s earned that in the way that he’s gone about his work, the way he operates in the meetings, the way he communicates with his teammates on both sides of the ball.
He’s filling into that leadership role as well as any young player can do right now”.
Burrow set to be a starter
After taking Burrow at No. 1 pick in the draft, it was believed that the Bengals would immediately hand him the job of their starting quarterback.
Andy Dalton, who was selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft, was the team’s starting quarterback for years before he signed with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason. “We’re not going to beat around the bush.
We’re going to give the guy the reps,” Taylor said. “I didn’t want him to be splitting reps with somebody else and not getting all the work in that he needed to get to be the Week One starter. Sometimes you just have to make those decisions and go with it.
Again, I haven’t looked back. He’s done an excellent job. He’s been the No. 1 quarterback. We still have work to do these next three weeks, but again we’re not going to look again on that decision. . . . He’s done nothing since he’s been in the building or on the field to make us second guess any of those decisions, in terms of taking him, or making him the starting quarterback from Day One”.