Urban Meyer still doesn’t fully believe in Joe Burrow’s greatness

Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is still lost when it comes to Joe Burrow.

Urban Meyer is one of the greatest head coaches in college football history.

But that doesn’t mean he’s without fault.

Meyer may have won championships at two different programs (Florida and Ohio State), but he hasn’t always made the best decisions.

And his evaluation of Joe Burrow could be one of the worst decisions of his career.

By now, we all know that Burrow is a transcendent talent that has the potential to do some very special things in the NFL.

Well, nearly all of us.

Meyer still doesn’t quite get it apparently.

The former Ohio State head coach, who resigned after the 2018 season, recently made some odd comments about Burrow and his new team, the Cincinnati Bengals.

“Joe Burrow, he’s at the Cincinnati Bengals now and they were 2-14 last year. You want to know how Joe Burrow’s gonna become great? Surround him with a great culture, with great leadership, and some great players, he’ll be great. If not, he won’t,” said Meyer on the Move the Sticks podcast.

Meyer is still missing the essence of who Burrow is as a football player.

Sure, Burrow will need a good supporting cast in Cincinnati. But he doesn’t need to be surrounded by a cast of Pro-Bowl players.

Burrow is already great. And his biggest impact on the Bengals is going to come in the locker room and in team meetings. Burrow has the rare ability to make the people around him better. It’s what he did at LSU and it’s what he could’ve done at Ohio State. He IS the great leadership that Cincinnati needs.

Meyer, however, still doesn’t fully believe in the magic of Burrow. And I’m not sure why.

It’s not like Meyer made a mistake by starting Dwayne Haskins over Burrow. Haskins’ 2018 season was incredible (not Burrow in 2019 incredible, but close).

But for whatever reason, Meyer still feels the need to downplay Burrow’s greatness and leadership abilities.

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I don’t get it. But ultimately, it doesn’t matter. Burrow is going to have success regardless of what Meyer says on a podcast.