Bengals QB Joe Burrow says Cincinnati 'not worried' about 0-2 start;  'We are fine'

Bengals QB Joe Burrow says Cincinnati ‘not worried’ about 0-2 start; ‘We are fine’

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow offered advice for those panicking about the team’s winless start ahead of Week 3.

“Let’s all take a deep breath and relax,” Burrow said Wednesday during his weekly press conference. ” We are well. We don’t worry about that.

Cincinnati’s reign as the defending AFC champion hasn’t gone well so far. The Bengals are the first team in the Super Bowl era to lose their first two games despite being at least a 7-point favorite in every game, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Staying calm despite early losses was a main talking point for Burrow and many of the Bengals ahead of this weekend’s game against the New York Jets, which will start quarterback Joe Flacco.

Bengals coach Zac Taylor said in his press conference that Burrow was clear about the situation. The fourth-year coach added that it’s easy to feel panic, but he appreciates the added pressure for this year’s team to perform well after last year’s Super Bowl appearance.

“We begged for expectations,” said Taylor, who began his coaching tenure at Cincinnati with a 2-14 season in 2019. “We begged for high standards, and now they’re here and that’s part of When you start off slower than you were hoping for and people were anticipating, so you’re going to handle that. And I love that.

The Bengals are the only AFC North team without a win after two weeks. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens are all 1-1.

Cincinnati’s offense came under fire after scoring just three touchdowns in the first two games, with all of those drives coming in the second half. Burrow’s mantra of having patience extended to his comfort level with the offensive line after taking 13 sacks through the first two games.

“These guys work hard to get it right,” Burrow said. “I can also do a lot more to help them. And we can do more with playcalling to help them as well. We are doing well. No one is panicking.”

Burrow said while there is no panic, there is an urgent need to avoid a 0-3 start. Since the team’s loss to Dallas, Burrow has referenced the multiple two-game losing slips suffered by the Bengals last season, such as one that included a loss to the Jets in Week 8.

The first overall pick in the 2020 draft said some of the same issues that have been discussed recently were also brought up last year before the Bengals course-corrected, secured their first playoff spot since 2015 and failed. win their first AFC championship since 1989. Burrow said how the team fared last year gives him confidence Cincinnati can do it again.

And when it comes to breathing easy and feeling great despite early struggles, Burrow isn’t alone.

“At the end of the day, we know we have a good football team and we’re going to get back on track and we’ll be fit,” Taylor said. “And everyone can relax.”

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