Former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow wasn’t able to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to a win in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday.
The Bengals fell 23-20 to the Los Angeles Rams, ending a dream season for Burrow and Cincinnati.
After the game, Burrow tweeted a message to Bengals fans.
A memorable season for Joe Burrow and the Bengals
The fact Burrow had the Bengals in the Super Bowl in the first place was unbelievable.
Two years ago, before Burrow was drafted, Cincinnati was 2-14. They were a punchline in the AFC.
Even after Burrow was drafted, there were still a ton of question marks surrounding the franchise.
Most of those questions were about the front office’s commitment to winning. The Bengals’ porous offensive line was also a major question mark.
Burrow, however, was able to lead the Bengals to the biggest game of the year. And he nearly led Cincinnati to their first Super Bowl win in franchise history.
Even though Burrow will view this season as a failure — he has a Super Bowl or bust mentality — I think it’s worth sitting back to appreciate what he managed to do this season.
Cincinnati is way ahead of schedule. They shouldn’t have been in the Super Bowl on Sunday night.
The Bengals still have a lot of areas of their roster that need to be addressed (that offensive line is a major issue — against the Rams, Burrow once again took a beating). But it’s clear the franchise is on the right track.
Still, there’s no guarantee that Burrow will ever get back to the Super Bowl — just ask a legend like Dan Marino, who reached the Super Bowl in his second season and never returned. So I think fans — especially Bengals fans — need to appreciate this season even though it didn’t end with a championship.
However, I have a feeling we’re going to see Burrow playing in February again. His Tom Brady-like mindset is going to make some special things happen for the Bengals over the next few years.