CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow supplied recommendation for these panicking about the staff’s winless begin heading into Week 3.
“Let’s all just take a deep breath and relax,” Burrow mentioned Wednesday throughout his weekly information convention. “We’re gonna be fine. We’re not worried about it.”
Cincinnati’s reign as defending AFC champion has not gone nicely to this point. 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 main speaking level for Burrow and a number of other of the Bengals forward of this weekend’s sport towards 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 state of affairs. The fourth-year coach added that it is simple to sense the panic, however he relishes the added strain for this yr’s staff to carry out nicely following final yr’s Super Bowl look.
“We’ve been begging for expectations,” mentioned Taylor, 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 staff within the AFC North and not using a win after two weeks. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens are all 1-1.
Cincinnati’s offense has come beneath 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 mentioned. “I can do a lot more to help them, too. And we can do more with playcalling to help them as well. We’re getting this thing right. Nobody’s panicking.”
Burrow mentioned whereas there is no such thing as a panic, there’s 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 shedding skids the Bengals suffered final season, reminiscent of 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 lately had been additionally talked about final yr 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 yr provides him confidence Cincinnati can do it once more.
And in terms of respiration simply 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 mentioned. “And everyone can relax.”