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Joe Burrow answers what he wants to improve on this offseason

Joe Burrow on the sideline

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The Bengals beat the Steelers 41-10.
Pittsburgh Steelers At Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow had an incredible 2021 season. But like most great quarterbacks, there are plenty of aspects of his game that he’d like get better at.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday during the Cincinnati Bengals’ offseason team activities (OTAs), Burrow was asked about the main thing he wants to improve upon during the offseason.

For him, it’s all about the details.

“It’s really just my entire game at this point,” Burrow said. “Tweaking little things here and there. At this point, I’m not going to have a big overhaul of anything that I’m doing. I’m just looking to refine my entire game as a whole.”

After a season in which he led the Cincinnati Bengals to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1989, it makes sense that Burrow doesn’t feel it necessary to make drastic changes to his game.

The 25-year-old threw for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2021, and had a league-best 70.4 completion percentage. In the playoffs, he threw for five touchdown passes and 1,105 yards with a 68.3 completion percentage in four games.

Still, defenses adapt quickly in today’s game, and there is now an additional year of film on Burrow for them to dissect.

Burrow will need to constantly make adjustments over the course of his career in order continue playing at a high level, and to get the Bengals back to the Super Bowl.

Report: Key Bengals player prepared to skip training camp over franchise tag

Zac Taylor on the sidelines

Jan 2, 2022; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor paces the sideline in the first quarter during a Week 17 NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals may have an issue with a key player as they prepare to defend their AFC title.

Safety Jessie Bates has no intentions of playing on the franchise tag and is expected to skip OTAs and training camp, according to Tyler Dragon of USA Today. Bates never signed his tag, and thus will not be subject to fines as a result of his absences.

Bates has interest in a long-term deal and would report to camp if one is reached. However, the two sides are reportedly at an impasse in talks.

The 25-year-old Bates has been a key figure for the Bengals for four seasons. He was named a second-team All-Pro in 2020 and collected 88 tackles in 15 regular season games in 2021.

Bengals get big news on indoor practice facility

Joe Burrow on the field

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The Bengals beat the Steelers 41-10. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/The Enquirer/USA TODAY NETWORK

The Cincinnati Bengals on Friday moved one step closer to securing their own indoor practice facility.

An ordinance for the temporary training facility was approved by Cincinnati’s Planning Commission. That approval cleared up some of the zoning issues that had previously held back the Bengals’ plans.

“Of course it’s unacceptable that Cincinnati is one of the few cities that doesn’t have an indoor facility for its football team, especially since we’re going back to the Super Bowl. We’ve got to get this done. It’s really really important,” Cincinnati’s Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Kearney said, via WLWT5.

The approval will permit the Bengals to operate the facility over the next five years. Meanwhile, Cincinnati’s legal teams says they intend to move fast with the plans and hope to have the confines up and running prior to the 2022 regular season.

“I think it’s a wonderful time to be connected in some way to support the Bengals and going back to the Super Bowl,” commission chairman Byron Stallworth said, via ESPN. “Who dey!”

The Bengals were one of just two NFL teams above the 36th northern parallel without an indoor practice facility. The San Francisco 49ers now stand alone in that regard, though the weather in the Bay Area isn’t as limiting as in Cincinnati.

Bengals’ offseason program to be way behind rest of NFL

Joe Burrow on the sideline

The Cincinnati Bengals are making a strategic, yet risky choice as they set their schedule for offseason workouts.

The Bengals will not begin their offseason program until May 2, well after the remainder of the league. Several teams will start their programs on April 4, while the majority of the league will start theirs on either April 18 or 19. The Philadelphia Eagles, who have set their program for April 25, are the only team other than the Bengals to begin after April 19.

According to Albert Breer of The MMQB, the bengals made the choice in part as an acknowledgement of the team’s trip to the Super Bowl, as well as the fact that they wound up playing a 21-game season.

The offseason programs are largely voluntary and will primarily consist of strength and conditioning work, on-field drills, and some non-contact practices. In other words, there is no guarantee that veteran players will be there anyway no matter what the scheduled start date is. For that reason alone, this probably won’t be a huge deal. If anything, players will appreciate the extra rest on the back of their 2021 season.

Cincinnati has made some big offseason additions, and Joe Burrow is not the type to get complacent. They should be just fine despite the late start.

Photo: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The Bengals beat the Steelers 41-10.
Pittsburgh Steelers At Cincinnati Bengals

La’el Collins had awesome promise for Joe Burrow after signing with Bengals

Joe Burrow on the sideline

The Cincinnati Bengals made a huge move to bolster their offensive line on Sunday, and their new addition is already telling Joe Burrow what he wants to hear.

Former Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle La’el Collins has agreed to a deal with the Bengals. After the news broke, Collins shared the awesome message he delivered to Burrow.

Burrow was sacked 51 times last season, which was more than any other quarterback in the NFL. The Bengals were in desperate need of experienced linemen who can protect their franchise cornerstone, and Collins should be able to do exactly that.

Collins visited the Bengals over the weekend and was originally supposed to take other free agent visits this week. Burrow obviously did not want that to happen. Albert Breer of The MMQB says Burrow personally hosted Collins at his house on Friday night.

Collins is one of the best tackles in the NFL when healthy. We’d be shocked if he doesn’t help bring Burrow’s sack numbers down next season.

Photo: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The Bengals beat the Steelers 41-10

Bengals make another big signing to help Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow signals thumbs up

Joe Burrow was sacked more than any quarterback in the NFL last season, and the Cincinnati Bengals have made another big move to address that issue.

Former Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle La’el Collins has agreed to a deal with the Bengals, according to multiple reports.

The Bengals have made bolstering their offensive line a priority this offseason, as they previously signed Ted Karras and Alex Cappa. Karras, a former New England Patriot, is expected to be Cincinnati’s starting center.

Dallas released Collins this week after trying to trade him. The 28-year-old missed time last season due to a suspension and was out all of 2020 with a hip injury, but he is one of the better tackles in the NFL.

It’s remarkable that Burrow was able to lead the Bengals to the Super Bowl given how poorly they protected him last year. He should get hit a lot less in 2022 with the additions the team has made.

Photo: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) gives a thumbs up to the fans after the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 4 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020

Bengals coach upset with Evan McPherson over halftime show

Evan McPherson halftime show

Evan McPherson was living his best life at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, but it turns out that he may have ticked off his team in the process.

Cincinnati Bengals special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons spoke this week with The Athletic’s Jay Morrison. When asked about the team’s kicker McPherson staying on the field for the entire halftime show instead of going to the locker room, Simmons did little to hide his displeasure.

“That’s a sore subject,” Simmons replied. “That’s a real sore subject.”

Despite the Bengals trailing 13-10 at halftime, the rookie McPherson stayed out to watch the halftime special featuring a star-studded cast of performers, including Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem. McPherson also had some funny moments in front of the television cameras while watching the show.

Morrison adds that Bengals long snapper Clark Harris also stayed out to watch the halftime show but was smart enough to avoid the cameras.

McPherson’s antics did not interfere with his play in the second half, as he hit both of his kicks (an extra point and a 38-yard field goal). But since the Bengals ended up losing 23-20, the optics weren’t the best for McPherson.

That said, the 22-year-old kicker was the truth for Cincinnati all season. If McPherson can continue his strong play as a sophomore next year, the frustration over his halftime stunt should blow over in no time at all.

Bengals recruiting Pro Bowl offensive lineman?

Zac Taylor wearing a headset

Aaron Donald and Von Miller exposed just how badly the Cincinnati Bengals need help for their offensive line. They seem to be well aware of it too.

Michael Ginnitti, a co-founder of the popular sports contract site Spotrac, appeared this week on ESPN 97.5 in Houston and spoke on the moves the Texans could make this offseason. One of the moves that Ginnitti noted as looking “inevitable” was a trade of offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil.

The report sparked rumors, and Tunsil himself even seemed to respond to them on Twitter.

Bengals cornerback Mike Hilton also got in on the action by tweeting at Tunsil in an apparent effort to recruit him.

Cincinnati star Joe Burrow was the most sacked quarterback in football this past season, going down 51 times. The team’s failure to protect him also arguably cost them the Super Bowl this year, as the Los Angeles Rams sacked Burrow seven times in a three-point win.

Tunsil, a two-time Pro Bowler, is regarded as one of the best left tackles in the game today and would be tasked with protecting Burrow’s blind side if the Bengals can acquire him. Tunsil is owed $36.3 million over the next two years, though there is a potential out in 2023 with $8.3 million in dead cap.

The former first-round pick Tunsil has been the butt of some jokes during his time in Houston. But he could have the last laugh if he gets sent to the reigning AFC champions and is able to block for one of the most exciting young offenses in the NFL.

Photo: Jan 2, 2022; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor paces the sideline in the first quarter during a Week 17 NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals coach shares details of injury Joe Burrow played through

Joe Burrow injury

Joe Burrow suffered what appeared to be a very painful injury during the Super Bowl on Sunday, and Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor has confirmed that it was fairly serious.

Taylor told reporters on Wednesday that Burrow was diagnosed with a sprained MCL after Cincinnati’s 23-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The injury was actually a re-aggravation of one Burrow suffered in December.

Taylor also confirmed a report from Tuesday, which is that Burrow will not need surgery.

Burrow appeared to be in serious pain after he was sacked by Von Miller in the second half of Super Bowl LVI. He immediately clutched at his right knee before limping off the field. The star quarterback refused medical attention on the sideline.

Burrow, who suffered a torn ACL in his other knee last year, was seen limping when he left the stadium. He downplayed the injury after the game.

The Bengals desperately need to improve their offensive line this offseason. Burrow was sacked seven times in the Super Bowl and a whopping 19 times in the postseason. Taylor noted on Wednesday that the unit was good enough to get the Bengals to the Super Bowl, but he admitted the team has to do a better job in that area.

Look: Ja’Marr Chase was wide open on Bengals’ final play of Super Bowl

JaMarr Chase was wide open in the Super Bowl

The Cincinnati Bengals were unable to make the play they needed late in their Super Bowl loss to the Los Angeles Rams, but the outcome of the game may have been completely different if Joe Burrow had an extra second to throw on the final play.

The Bengals turned the ball over on downs with less than a minute remaining when Burrow was unable to complete a short pass to Semaje Perine. Burrow, who was sacked seven times in the game, had to rush the throw. If Cincinnati’s offensive line were able to protect Burrow, he may have seen that Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey fell down and Ja’Marr Chase was running free down the sideline.

Ouch.

It’s no surprise that Burrow had to rush the throw. The Bengals will have to address their offensive line issues in the coming months, as their star quarterback was sacked 19 times during the postseason. It’s tough to win games when your QB is getting hit that much.

Of course, playcalling was also a major issue on the Bengals’ final drive. Head coach Zac Taylor faced a great deal of criticism for one particular call toward the end of the game.