Former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow recently made a statement that was the right thing to say, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be right.
Burrow, who was the No. 1 overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2020 NFL Draft, spoke with Cris Collinsworth on a Pro Football Focus podcast last month and discussed his current situation in Cincy.
The former Tigers standout made it clear that he’s a big fan of Bengals head coach Zac Taylor.
In fact, Burrow said he believes Taylor will be in Cincinnati “a long time”.
“Zac’s unbelievable. He’s going to be great for us for a long time,” said Burrow.
That’s a nice sentiment from Burrow, but I doubt that ends up being the case.
How long will Zac Taylor get to coach Joe Burrow?
Everyone knows that the NFL head coaches don’t have a long lifespan. For every Mike Tomlin or Bill Belichick, there are ten coaches that are fired within three years.
And Taylor could very well end up being one of the coaches who is fired within three years.
In his first two seasons as the Bengals’ head coach, Taylor has an overall record of 6-25.
Cincinnati is in the midst of a rebuilding phase, but NFL owners don’t typically have a lot of patience in that area. Rebuilding in the NFL isn’t like rebuilding in MLB — NFL teams can go from 4-12 to 12-4 in two years if the right moves are made.
If the Bengals don’t finish the 2021 season with a winning record, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Taylor get the boot.
Especially since former LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who is currently the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator, will likely be a hot commodity next offseason.
If Taylor can’t get it done this season, why would the Bengals pass on reuniting Burrow, Brady, and Chase? It would be a dream scenario for Cincinnati.
And there’s no doubt that Burrow would be on board with Brady being the franchise’s head coach (those two made each other a lot of money after the Tigers’ historic 2019 season).
Burrow may be a fan of Taylor, but it just doesn’t seem likely that the duo will be attached at the hip for years to come as Burrow predicted.