The Cincinnati Bengals are hoping that Joe Burrow will be able to lead the franchise to the promised land in the coming years.
Cincinnati hasn’t won a playoff game since 1991.
The Bengals have only played in seven playoff games since 1991, with their last appearance coming in the 2015 playoffs (a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers).
Burrow, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Bengals, has the potential to change the direction of the team. The former LSU football standout proved in Baton Rouge in 2019 that he can be the best player on the field at the collegiate level.
Can he do it in the NFL?
Numerous Bengals players believe that he can.
Bengals defensive lineman compares Joe Burrow to Aaron Rodgers
Bengals defensive lineman Mike Daniels spent seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers, which means he spent seven seasons playing alongside 9-time Pro-Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
And Daniels sees a lot of Rodgers in Burrow.
“You know what I say about Joe Burrow, man. That’s like baby Aaron,” said Daniels during a recent appearance on Good Morning Football (via NFL.com).
This isn’t the first time that Daniels has compared Burrow to Rodgers. He made a similar comparison last fall.
“You don’t see many rookies step into a locker room, and you can tell, you would think he’s a four-year vet if you didn’t know who he was,” said Daniels in 2020 (via NFL.com). “To have that at the quarterback position, that means he has the right type of savvy, the right type of poise that you only see from guys like Aaron…I see a lot of similarities between the two.”
Burrow obviously still has a lot to prove in the NFL — he hasn’t even played a full season for the Bengals yet — but it has to be encouraging for Cincinnati fans that an NFL veteran views the young quarterback in the same capacity as a former Super Bowl MVP.