Joe Burrow receives insane compliment from opposing head coach

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Former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow received an insane compliment this week from an opposing head coach.

Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals will open the 2021 season against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who served as the Bengals’ defensive coordinator from 2008-2013, spoke to reporters this week about Burrow.

And he didn’t hold back while praising the former Tiger.

Mike Zimmer loves him some Joe Burrow

Zimmer spent several years in Cincinnati with quarterback Carson Palmer.

Palmer, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2002 while at USC, had a solid career with the Bengals. The California native reached three Pro-Bowls (two with the Bengals), while also leading the NFL in passing touchdowns in 2005.

Zimmer sees a lot of Palmer in Burrow.

However, he thinks Burrow will be a better NFL quarterback than Palmer.

Here’s what Zimmer had to say this week about Burrow (via

"“I have been extremely impressed with watching Burrow. This kid is competitive. He’s a heck of a scrambler. He’s got a big-time arm, he’s not afraid to throw the ball into tight windows. He seems to see things and get the ball off really quick. It looks like, I remember, Carson the way he could spin the ball. This guy probably will be better than him. He’s a better scrambler, but I’ve been so impressed with the toughness. He will take a shot, scramble, and dive or the first down. Run a quarterback draw. All the things he does. I think y’all hit big on that one.”"

I’d say Zimmer is spot on right here. Everything he says about Burrow is absolutely true — he’s tough, can make plays happen with his legs, and he’s incredibly competitive.

It’s refreshing to hear Zimmer’s comments about Burrow — especially after the ridiculous quarterback ranking of Burrow by’s Gregg Rosenthal this week.

Burrow is undoubtedly a future star in the NFL. He already showed as a rookie last year –before his knee injury — that he’s capable of putting up great numbers in the NFL.

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The sky is truly the limit for the former LSU star.