Another example of the Bengals’ insane trust in Joe Burrow

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The Cincinnati Bengals really, really, trust former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow.

On Monday, we detailed how Bengals head coach Zac Taylor trusted Burrow to choose between two plays in a key fourth down situation in Cincinnati’s overtime win against the Minnesota Vikings.

Burrow had two plays to choose from in that situation.

And his choice led to a 32 yard gain, which set up the game-winning field goal for the Bengals.

That’s not the end of the story when it comes to that play, either.

The trust the Bengals showed in Joe Burrow is rare

Trusting Burrow with two play calls at the line in such a crucial situation definitely shows that Cincinnati trusts the former LSU standout a lot.

But that’s nothing compared to the tidbit pointed out this week by Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison.

According to Morrison, the decision by Taylor earlier in the game to go for it from the Bengals’ own 30 was only the third time in the last 10 years that a team has gone for it on fourth down (from that deep in their own territory) while leading in the second half.

So not only did Taylor trust Burrow to go for in a situation where teams rarely ever go for it, but he also trusted Burrow in overtime to go for it — despite the fact that Cincinnati didn’t pick up the fourth down while leading (which is what really allowed the Vikings to get back into the game).

It’s clear that Burrow isn’t on a short leash. He’s being treated by the Bengals like a seasoned veteran.

Of course, that’s not really a surprise. Burrow is on a different level when it comes to his leadership and the way he sees the field.

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Taylor and the Bengals clearly realize that. And they’re not bothering with training wheels — they’re letting Burrow do his thing without any restrictions.