Bengals’ Joe Burrow is “Modern-Day Joe Montana”, Super Bowl Champion QB Says
Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals are 4-2 in six games and occupy one game behind the Baltimore Ravens for first place in the AFC North. The former LSU product has 1,540 passing yards with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Former Super Bowl champion and New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms recently weighed in on Burrow’s early season success and compared him to one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. .
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“When you watch Joe Burrow, you watch a modern day Joe Montana,” Simms said on “NFL Today,” via CBS Sports earlier this week.
Simms said he was impressed with how Burrow recovered from his ACL injury last year, which ended his rookie season early.
“I’ve been thinking about it for about a month, ‘This guy reminds me of Joe Montana,” said Simms, who is currently an analyst for CBS. “Smooth, graceful, gorgeous feet. Really knows how to move around in the pocket. Throws the ball at a great pace.
“Joe [Montana] is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time… Joe Burrow is a little faster, probably a little more athletic, and maybe a little stronger than Joe Montana. And just the weird ability to know how to play the game, and I think that comes from Joe Burrow’s past, that he was just a complete athlete growing up. “
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“It shows when you watch him play,” he added. “His move in the pocket and just to save time has been really, really good for him so far this year.”
Simms said he was impressed with the way the Bengals have built their team around Burrow.
The Bengals reunited Burrow with former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase by taking the superstar wide receiver with their first-round pick in the NFL Draft. They also took custody Jackson Carman with their second round and signed veteran tackle Riley Reiff in the offseason.
Defensively, second-year linebacker Logan Wilson became one of the league’s best young players, and the team added former New Orleans Saints defensive end Trey Hendrickson, who already has 5.5 sacks. this season.
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“They are on the right track,” Simms said. “They can run the ball. Joe Mixon is a star. Joe Burrow and the receiving body. To have a front four, to have difference-makers. That’s the goal of the league. You look at the teams that struggle to winning every week… well show me what makes the difference. The Bengals have it. “
“I think there is some harshness to them. Zac Taylor has done a really good job that way. They’ve made acquisitions and let some people go this offseason, and everything seems to be working out well.”