Bengals QB Joe Burrow says Cincinnati ‘not concerned’ about 0-2 start; ‘We’ll be fine’

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow offered advice to those who panicked about the team’s scoreless start heading into Week 3.

“Let’s all take a deep breath and relax,” Burrow said at his weekly press conference on Wednesday. ‘It will be fine. We don’t worry about it.’

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

Keeping calm despite the early losses was a key talking point for Burrow and several Bengals ahead of this weekend’s game against the New York Jetswho starts the backup quarterback Joe Flacco.

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

“We’ve begged for expectations,” said Taylor, who began his coaching career in Cincinnati with a 2-14 season in 2019. “We’ve begged for high standards, and now they’re here and this is part of When you slow down. starts than you’d hoped and what people expected, then you deal with that and I think it’s great.”

The Bengals are the only team in the AFC North 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, and all those drives came in the second half. Burrow’s mantra to be patient expanded to his comfort level with the offensive line after taking 13 sacks in the first two games.

“Those guys are working hard to get it right,” Burrow said. “I can also do a lot more to help them. And we can also do more with playcalling to help them. We’re doing this well. Nobody panics.”

Burrow said that while there is no panic, there is an urgency to avoid a 0-3 start. Since the team’s loss to Dallas, Burrow has referred to the multiple two-game losing slips the Bengals suffered last season, such as a week 8 loss to the Jets.

The top overall pick in the 2020 draft said some of the same issues discussed recently were also discussed last year before the Bengals corrected course, secured their first playoff berth since 2015 and won their first AFC championship since 1989. Burrow said how the team did last year gives him confidence that Cincinnati can do it again.

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

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

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