Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow was straight honest following his NFL debut as he admitted the team made many mistakes and they have only themselves to blame. Burrow, who was selected at No. 1 this past NFL draft, failed to lead his team to a win in his NFL debut as the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Bengals 16-13.
"Yeah, we weren't playing very well on offense, but we started to get a little rhythm there in the two-minute drill, and I felt like we were going to go down there and win the game. And if we didn't win, (that) we were going to score some points and go into overtime.
But things didn't fall our way, like I said. We just made too many mistakes," Burrow said post-game, per the team's website.
Burrow 'upset' they didn't get the win
The Bengals had a promising drive -- which could have easily resulted in a touchdown -- which would have put the Bengals in front and give them the win.
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green caught the ball for a touchdown with few seconds left to go in the game but he was called for the offensive pass interference. The punting unit then came out for the Bengals on the field -- kicker Randy Bullock missed the field which would have sent the game into overtime.
"I'm obviously upset we didn't score a touchdown. I thought we played well enough on that particular drive to put it in the end zone and then they made (the officials) the call. I'm not sure what happened on the kick, but it doesn't matter what happened on the kick.
We should have put them away a lot of times before that. I shouldn't have missed the throw to A.J. and thrown the interception. A lot of different plays affected the game," Burrow added. Bengals coach Zac Taylor saw some good things from Burrow but underlined there's a lot to work on going forward.
"Some good, and some things we have to improve on. There were some missed opportunities but overall, he kept his composure. He moved onto the next snap, which is important. He made some critical plays down the stretch that put us in position to tie or win the game.
I thought his decision-making overall was really good — where he went with the ball. In the first half, he was running for his life there. We did a better job of minimizing that in the second half," Taylor said.