IN an impassioned speech, Pat McAfee pleaded with the Cincinnati Bengals to improve their offensive line.
The Bengals had a rough start to the 2022 NFL season, losing 23-20 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
And on Monday, talk show host and former Indianapolis Colts player Pat McAfee highlighted a glaring problem the Bengals were staring at on The Pat McAfee Show.
Put simply, they can’t keep their quarterback upright.
Joe Burrow is one of the league’s most promising young quarterbacks, but as McAfee and company pointed out, the seven sacks he suffered against Pittsburgh meant he was sacked 24 times in the last four games alone.
In fact, Burrow has been sacked 109 times in 31 career games.
McAfee highlighted the similarities between Burrow and his own former quarterback Andrew Luck.
The former Colt was arguably one of the most naturally gifted quarterbacks of his generation, but a persistently porous offensive line arguably held him and his team back from what could have been.
McAfee said: “Joey Burrow feels, and Andrew Luck, I think, felt that this is football.
“But someone has to go over there and say, ‘Hey, listen, this isn’t how this doesn’t work. We have a guy, we have to protect this guy.’”
And the fact of the matter is, Cincinnati does have a “guy.”
Last season, Burrow led the Bengals to their first Super Bowl since 1989.
He rushed for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns with a league-high 70.4 completion percent, despite being sacked 51 times by a league-high.
Cincinnati clearly has a “guy,” but McAfee’s opinion was clear — Burrow’s lack of protection is a problem.
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