Joe Burrow had a legendary performance last week against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback threw for 525 yards and four touchdowns in the 41-21 win after entering with some added bulletin board material.
Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale made a comment during the way basically saying it was too early to anoint Burrow as a future Hall of Famer.
Thus, the young signal-caller went out and lit up the Baltimore defense.
The Bengals are taking on the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday and Chiefs DC Steve Spagnuolo is opting for a different approach.
Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo on Joe Burrow: "I see a young Tom Brady."
— Sam McDowell (@SamMcDowell11) December 30, 2021
Comparing him to Tom Brady is a wise chess move on Spagnuolo’s part.
All Burrow can do is say thank you to this comparison and try to live up to what is basically an impossible measure.
A Strong Comparison For The Young QB
Burrow is in his second NFL season and is already drawing comparisons to Brady.
That is high praise and proves that Spagnuolo is actually taking the young quarterback seriously.
Martindale’s comments seemed out of line from the start and did not make much sense.
What was he trying to gain by knocking down Burrow?
All he did was set himself up for exactly what ended up happening.
A week after #Ravens DC Wink Martindale was asked to compare defending #Bengals 2nd year QB Joe Burrow to Aaron Rodgers, (reasonably) said, “I don’t think we’re ready to buy a gold jacket for Joe yet,” and then got tagged for 525 yards…the #Chiefs DC goes all in the other way 😂 https://t.co/Y2IDrNm5tA
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) December 30, 2021
Burrow is a young, fiery player who is clearly on his phone finding any extra motivation out there.
This does not mean that opposing coaches need to go on and on praising him so early in his career.
But they should avoid Martindale’s path of criticism.
That apparently only makes him better and ready to prove everyone wrong.
Burrow now faces the tough task of having consistently dominant performances.
Having a huge day against the Chiefs and locking down the AFC North division would prove that Burrow may actually be the next coming of Brady.