Colin Cowherd is changing his mind about Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow even before the 2020 NFL season begins.
He is still convinced, however, that the Bengals are “ugly” and “will lose a bunch of games” in Burrow’s first season.
“Joe Burrow is said to light up the camp,” Cowherd said. “He’s just tearing it apart. Now I know what you’re thinking,” Oh Colin, you’re going to crush him. “No I’m not. I’m going to change Joe Burrow a bit. I’m starting to see something with Joe Burrow that I really like. And it’s not 6-for-6 (in a scrum). isn’t his spirals. It’s not his college career. I’m starting to see something with Joe Burrow that’s really impressive. When I shoved Baker Mayfield in the ribs – police video, his height, him pushed into the ribs, kind of a reach – oh that bothered him. He hit back every time. Every time. Because Baker wasn’t ready to go from the best varsity team to the bad NFL team. It’s a certain level of maturity and self-esteem that few have. Baker Mayfield admitted in the last month – in Baker’s words – “I’ve lost my way. I lost who I was. “
“I’ve been on Joe Burrow for six months. He follows me on social networks. He’s retweeting me. He never retaliates. Because Joe Burrow’s self-esteem is unrelated to what I think of him. Joe Burrow’s self-esteem – and this is really important – is linked to what Joe Burrow thinks of himself. I’ve always said it – the athlete who has to show you and tell you how awesome he is is always the most uncertain. Joe Burrow – never fought back, not once. And that’s important in the NFL. Because in college at LSU, he rarely lagged behind in football games. They always had more good players, even against Alabama. It’s a much easier life. The NFL is tough. You are more affected. It hurts more. And his team is lousy. And he’s going to lose a bunch of games. And when Baker lost a bunch of games, he shot his teammates, he shot the medics, he shot the media. … But Baker now admits – “I have to focus more on football.” And so much the better for Baker. Good for Baker. He understands. Joe Burrow is already here. It took Baker two years. Joe is there. He is not bothered by me, nor by the critics. A little puts his arms around him. And that’s a real thing. It’s a real thing. Because this league – the National Football League – beats you physically, and it beats you emotionally. It’s on you all day – the toilet paper that never comes out of the shoe. … Joe Burrow understands. Not bothered by me. I do not care. I do not care. I love. … He tells me – Burrow is all about the things that matter. Bengals. Teammates. Soccer. Playbook. Trust. That’s what it’s about … I might just start saying some cool stuff about Joe Burrow. I like it. Not a peep. His self-esteem is unrelated to what other people think of him. That’s what he thinks of himself, and I like it. “
After Pro Football Focus projected in June that Burrow will have more passing yards and touchdowns in his rookie season than Mayfield will have in his third season in the NFL, Cowherd insisted on Fox Sports‘ The herd that “the train is off the tracks” when it comes to the hype for Burrow.
Cowherd suggested everything was falling into place for Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa because the timing of the draft got him to Miami – “historically a better organization” than the Bengals.
“The ridiculous hype for Joe Burrow continues,” Cowherd said in June. “It’s a good hope to get into a brutal situation in a defensive division, and he’s going to struggle mightily.”
In April, Cowherd said he was embarrassed by a comparison made by former Bengals QB Boomer Esiason about Burrow potentially having an impact in Cincinnati, similar to what NBA star LeBron James did in Cleveland. .
Cowherd said in March that the Bengals should trade the No. 1 draft pick because “Joe Burrow without help is going to have a hard time in Cincinnati” and “there is no fourth-place team in the NFL out there. further removed from talent than the three teams above them than the Bengals. ”Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd objected.
Prior to the draft, Cowherd was part of the national media to suggest that Burrow should “shoot an Eli Manning” and refuse to go to Cincinnati. “Can your career be over before it starts? I think it’s possible with Joe Burrow,” Cowherd said in February.
In January, Cowherd said he was already convinced Burrow “was Tony Romo”.
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