NFL analyst, former assistant GM worried about the 'physical toll' that's being taken on Joe Burrow
Joe Burrow isn’t used to starting a season with back-to-back losses.
“I will never adjust or accept losing,” Burrow told reporters after Cincinnati’s loss to the Cleveland Browns. “That is just something that is not in my mindset so this 0-2 start is really hurting me.”
Burrow may be emotionally “hurting” from the rough start to the Bengals’ season, but one NFL analyst is more concerned about the physical pain the former LSU quarterback may feel playing behind Cincinnati’s offensive line.
Scott Pioli discussed Burrow on the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” this week.
“His mental and emotional endurance is really strong and it’s really high. He has a unique ability to stay confident,” Pioli said, per 247Sports. “He’s got this wonderful balance of being extremely confident without being a jerk. I think the losses will affect him, but to me, his emotional and mental endurance are in a good place. He will learn from these losses. I hate saying that people learn from losses but he will somehow get something from those losses.
“The bigger question is what will be the physical toll on his body during these losses? To me, that’s the greater concern. He will be fine emotionally. They just need to find ways to protect him. That offensive line isn’t playing very well. They don’t have a strong running game to help him. I worry more about Joe Burrow’s physical health than his mental health.”
Burrow and the Bengals return to action at the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.