The Kansas City Chiefs defense is preparing to take on rising star quarterback Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals. Coming off of a 500-yard, four-touchdown performance against the Baltimore Ravens, it’s quickly becoming known around the NFL just how good Burrow is. Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, tasked with slowing down Burrow, had a shocking take on the Bengals star involving Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
High compliment from Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo on Bengals QB Joe Burrow.
"I see a young Tom Brady," Spagnuolo said of the Bengals' second-year gun slinger.
— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) December 30, 2021
That’s a shocking comparison of Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow to Tom Brady by Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. However, perhaps it’s not far off.
One of Tom Brady’s best qualities is his mindset. He is the consummate leader, something that has been said before about the Bengals’ second-year quarterback, most recently by Chiefs signal-caller Patrick Mahomes.
Spagnuolo seems to be echoing the Chiefs star Mahomes when comparing Burrow to Brady. From a statistical standpoint, Burrow and Brady compare quite favorably in their second years, with Burrow having thrown for over 4,000 yards, 30 touchdowns and a 69.9 percent completion percentage compared to Brady’s marks of 3,700 yards, 28 scores and a 63.9 percent completion percentage.
Brady, of course, won a Super Bowl in his first year, something Burrow’s Bengals have yet to accomplish. However, Chiefs defensive coordinator Spagnuolo certainly has a point with his comparison of Joe Burrow to Tom Brady.
Given Spagnuolo’s past with the Giants before coming to the Chiefs, he should have a few tricks up his sleeve to stop Tom Brady, er, Joe Burrow and the Bengals on Sunday. The Chiefs defense, which has been one of the league’s best lately, should be up to the task.