He’s made that clear time and time again since he was in college and his young NFL career has also put Burrow’s resiliency on full display.
That’s a good reminder considering the Bengals quarterback could be about to be hit with one of the toughest challenges of his career depending on Alex Cappa’s status for the playoffs.
The Bengals starting right guard exited Sunday’s game with an ankle injury late in the third quarter and according to the team’s official website, it could be a serious injury.
“The talk around the locker was he was out of the playoffs,” wrote Geoff Hobson, senior writer for the team. Hobson noted there were crutches in Cappa’s locker room.
If the injury is serious and Cappa is forced to miss the postseason, the Bengals are going to be in a rough spot because it isn’t the first injury to the right side of the line.
Note: There hasn’t been official word on the extent of Alex Cappa’s injury at the time of this writing.
Right tackle La’el Collins suffered a season-ending injury earlier in the season. The Bengals could head into the playoffs with two backups on the right side.
To make matters worse, the team is losing continuity at a critical position group late in the season.
“I don’t know the severity of the injury, but I have a lot of confidence in the guys behind him,” Joe Burrow told reporters postgame.
But the problem the Bengals have to solve won’t be fixed with Burrow’s unwavering confidence. Confidence can’t block 250+ pound pass rushers.
The team knows it needs to come up with schematic answers to take care of the defensive ends and outside linebackers that will line up on the other side of the line of scrimmage.
Chipping, rollouts, screens, etc. will be the central focus if the Bengals are forced to play without Alex Cappa next weekend. And of course, Joe Burrow will need to be on point with adjustments in pass protection and hot routes.
Poetically, pass protection seems to be the biggest concern entering the playoffs just like it was last year.
We know Burrow & Friends overcame it last year and made it to the big game.
Now the Bengals get a second go at it as Burrow can add to his long list of remarkable feats by overcoming another version of a shaky offensive line.