Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor wouldn’t rule out more changes to the offensive line, but one thing is for certain: The protection for rookie quarterback Joe Burrow has to be better.
Burrow has been hit 22 times through his first two NFL games, which is the most contact any quarterback other than Cam Newton has received through his first two games over the last 15 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
In Thursday’s 35-30 loss in Cleveland, the Browns sacked Burrow six times and recorded seven quarterback hits. The Bengals started Fred Johnson at right guard ahead of Billy Price in Xavier Su’a-Filo’s absence because of injury, and Johnson had one big whiff that led to a sack-fumble on the 1-yard line in the third quarter, but he wasn’t the only one struggling.
“Nothing’s off the table, that’s for certain,” Taylor said in his Friday press conference. “We don’t want to rush into any decisions and make sure we’re making the right decisions for the group. In some ways, we had a different right guard in there, we need some reps, some live reps. But again, we’ll make the best decisions for that group. We have a couple of extra days here.”
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