CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow supplied recommendation for these panicking about the staff’s winless begin heading into Week 3.
“Let’s all simply take a deep breath and loosen up,” Burrow mentioned Wednesday throughout his weekly information convention. “We’re gonna be nice. We’re not apprehensive about it.”
Cincinnati’s reign as defending AFC champion has not gone properly up to now. The Bengals are the primary staff within the Super Bowl period to lose its first two video games regardless of being at the least a 7-point favourite in every contest, in response to ESPN Stats & Information.
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 sport in opposition to the New York Jets, who will be beginning backup quarterback Joe Flacco.
Bengals coach Zac Taylor mentioned throughout his information convention that Burrow has readability about the scenario. The fourth-year coach added that it is simple to really feel the panic, however he relishes the added strain for this 12 months’s staff to carry out properly following final 12 months’s Super Bowl look.
“We’ve been begging for expectations,” mentioned Taylor, who started his teaching tenure in Cincinnati with a 2-14 season in 2019. “We’ve been begging for top requirements, and now they’re right here and that is a part of it. When you begin out slower than what you hoped and what individuals anticipated, then you definately’re gonna cope with that. And I find it irresistible.”
The Bengals are the one staff within the AFC North with out a win after two weeks. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens are all 1-1.
Cincinnati’s offense has come underneath 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 stage with the offensive line after taking 13 sacks within the first two video games.
“Those guys are working onerous to get it proper,” Burrow mentioned. “I can do much more to assist them, too. And we are able to do extra with playcalling to assist them as properly. We’re getting this factor proper. Nobody’s panicking.”
Burrow mentioned whereas there isn’t any panic, there may be an urgency to keep away from an 0-3 begin. Since the staff’s loss to Dallas, Burrow has referenced the a number of two-game dropping skids the Bengals suffered final season, comparable to one which included an upset loss to the Jets in Week 8.
The high total decide within the 2020 draft mentioned a number of the similar points which have been 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 gained their first AFC championship since 1989. Burrow mentioned how the staff fared final 12 months offers him confidence Cincinnati can do it once more.
And on the subject of respiration simply and feeling good about issues regardless of early struggles, Burrow is not alone.
“At the tip of the day, we all know that now we have soccer staff and that we’re gonna get again on monitor and we’ll be in fine condition,” Taylor mentioned. “And everybody can loosen up.”