Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow Jersey believes he will be ready to go for the team’s first game in 2021.
In his first interview since suffering a season-ending knee injury on Nov. 22, Burrow told Fox Sports 1 that his rehabilitation process is on track for him to be able to practice during the preseason and be ready for the beginning of the regular season.
“I think I’ll be ready,” Burrow said Thursday. “I think it’ll be just fine.”
Burrow underwent reconstructive knee surgery in Los Angeles on Dec. 2 to repair multiple ligaments in his knee. Sources told ESPN that the 2020 top overall pick suffered a torn ACL and MCL and also suffered damage to his meniscus and PCL.
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Prior to the injury, Burrow was in the midst of a strong rookie season. In 10 games, Burrow completed 65.3% of his passes for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions.
On Thursday, Burrow said he was “obviously devastated” by the injury.
“I wanted to finish out the year and finish strong,” Burrow told FS1. “I thought there were a lot of winnable games in this part of the schedule that we had. And then the injury happened, and that was devastating for me.”
The 2019 Heisman Trophy winner said he is past the worst part of his rehab process, telling FS1 that after needing help to do simple tasks in the first seven to 14 days after surgery, he is starting to feel more independent.
Burrow was also asked about Bengals coach Zac Taylor, who went 4-11-1 in his second season with Cincinnati. Team president Mike Brown released an unprompted statement Monday that said the franchise was “bullish” on the foundation the 37-year-old coach is building.
After tweeting his support Monday, Burrow said he clicked with Taylor immediately and is optimistic about the team’s direction moving forward.
“I think Zac is going to be a great coach for a long time,” Burrow told FS1. “I’m happy to be in the position that I’m in and to help build this organization, but it’s going to be on Zac’s back. He’s the leader of what we’re trying to do, and he’s awesome.”
Dave Lapham Jersey, former offensive lineman for the Bengals and current Bengals Radio Network analyst, went on 700 WLW to talk about the current vacancy in the Bengals’ offensive line room.
Jim Turner will soon be officially fired as offensive line coach, and the Bengals need to find someone to replace him. Lapham suggested that a name close to the Bengals could defect from another AFC North team.
“A guy that I would look at if I were the Cincinnati Bengals, Brian’s (Callahan) dad Bill (Callahan) is the best offensive line coach in the National Football League. And he was unable to coach—he had to coach from home [on Sunday] for the Cleveland Browns because of COVID-19. His assistant Scott Peters did as well,” Lapham said. ”Scott Peters is the expert in martial arts, hand fighting, those kind of things. Scott Peters is a young rising star I think. I might investigate because obviously, Brian and Bill (Callahan), they will be able to basically tell each other everything there is to know about Scott Peters and more. Brian can get all the intel you need and want and I think Scott Peters should be a guy they contemplate.”
Callahan is given most of the credit for turning around the Browns’ offensive line, which had several rookies involved, and helping establish a top-tier rushing offense.
Peters only has one year of coaching experience, but he was an eight-year veteran at interior offensive line.
Lapham also mentioned Frank Pollack, who coached the Bengals’ offensive line in 2018. He was not retained after Marvin Lewis was fired and Zac Taylor brought in Turner. Pollack is currently with the Jets, but may be a casualty of the changing of the guard in New York after head coach Adam Gase was fired.
One of Taylor’s first hires was Ben Martin, who has been an offensive assistant working with Turner. Some have pegged him for the job since he will return for next season, though Lapham doesn’t think he has much of a chance.
Whoever it is will have a huge input this offseason, as the Bengals desperately need to address the line in free agency and the draft.