How Bengals are tailoring offense towards Joe Burrow
There are lofty expectations for Joe Burrow as he enters his rookie season with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020. While answering questions on the team’s official site, Bill Callahan revealed how the Bengals are tailoring the offense around Burrow:
“We kind of studied trends and numerous teams that are doing good things on offense,” Callahan said, via the team’s website. “Third down and red zone. See what teams are doing. See what they’re doing well and why and if you can incorporate them, you do that. I think we’ve done a good job studying around the league that can help us. We studied a lot of things from LSU. Obviously if the quarterback is comfortable, everyone is comfortable.”
In his final season at LSU in 2019, Burrow put together a historic year. The confident quarterback would throw for 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns. After seeing the success he displayed last season, the Bengals watched what LSU did to put Burrow in positions to succeed.
Callahan, who’s entering his second season as the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati, said that the team watched more West-Coast offenses than LSU. As a result, the Bengals have manufactured an offense that can play to the strengths of the rookie signal-caller.
Coming out of college, Burrow has received plenty of comparisons — including being likened to Peyton Manning. Of all of the comparisons he’s received, Tony Romo seems to be a realistic comparison for the former Tiger.
Given the fact he was the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Burrow is expected to produce immediately for the Bengals. While Burrow will have to execute the plays, Cincinnati wants to make sure they are utilizing him in an offense he’s comfortable in.