Joe Burrow went from being the No. 1 overall draft pick to starting in the Super Bowl in record time.
He led a drastic turnaround of the Cincinnati Bengals and exceeded all expectations this season.
Yet he expected to win Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.
He and the Bengals offense had a shot late, but his line could not protect him and Aaron Donald took him to the turf to clinch the win for the Rams.
Burrow looks like a top-five NFL quarterback and the Bengals should be here to stay for a long time.
That is also due to the young man’s leadership, which galvanized the franchise to great heights.
He expressed this once again following the loss with a tweet.
Sorry we couldn’t get it done. Proud of our team and our fans. Love these guys
— Joey Burrow (@JoeyB) February 14, 2022
“Sorry we couldn’t get it done. Proud of our team and our fans. Love these guys.”
Immediately apologizing to the fans proves Burrow is the right fit in Cincinnati to keep the team competitive for years to come.
He Needs Some Help
It was no secret that the Bengals had a problem protecting Burrow all season.
He even took nine sacks in the Divisional Round win over the Tennessee Titans.
Did they come up with a plan to protect him more in the Super Bowl?
What a season for Joe Burrow and the Bengals 👏
Just getting started. pic.twitter.com/XuNpZHypjk
— ESPN (@espn) February 14, 2022
Not quite, as the quarterback took seven sacks and was taken to the ground by Donald in what was an attempted game-winning drive.
This should be the franchise’s top priority as the offseason begins.
Burrow needs better protection not just to win a Super Bowl, but to have a long and healthy career.
So it is noble of him to apologize, but he is at a disadvantage until he gets some more help up front.