Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor believes quarterback Joe Burrow “is built for this stage” as his side prepares for Sunday’s clash with Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI (Bengals 17/10, Rams 1/2 – Money Line).
Burrow is in just his second year with the Bengals after being first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but his impact cannot be underestimated, as he has helped them go from being statistically the worst team in the NFL in 2019, to within one win of Super Bowl glory.
The 25-year-old has developed into one of the most respected QBs in the league and his coach is certainly in no doubt he will deliver once again at the SoFi Stadium on Sunday, as the Bengals aim to be crowned Super Bowl winners for the first time.
“He [Burrow] is built for this stage,” Taylor told reporters at the first team media session of Super Bowl week. “He’s played for state championships, he’s played for national championships, now he’s playing for the Super Bowl.
“I think that’s been his expectation all along. He’s not surprised by it. He rises to these occasions, and we’re certainly happy to have him.”
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The man himself also has high expectations heading into Sunday’s contest and he knows he will have a pivotal role to play if he is to get his hands on a first, of what he hopes will be many, Super Bowl rings (Burrow Passing Yards: Under 249.5 13/8, Over 249.5 1/2).
“I think as a quarterback, it’s really important to exude that confidence, not only in yourself but all of your team-mates,” Burrow acknowledged.
“The quarterback sets the tone for the culture in the locker room, and so I try to be that kind of player and person for everybody here.”
It is not just the Bengals that are talking up the qualities of Burrow (9/2 Super Bowl LVI MVP), as the Rams are also aware of his abilities, with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr labelling his opponent as a potential great of the future.
“If you look up cool in the dictionary, there’s a picture of him in Cartier shades,” Beckham Jr, who like Burrow played college football at LSU, told reporters.
“This guy is smooth. And then, getting to meet him around championship time, going back and just kicking it with him, you can’t help but like this guy.
“He’s going to be one of the greats, I feel like. I truly believe that.”
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