After once again going toe-to-toe with Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game, there’s no doubt that Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals are going to be one of the main contenders in the conference for years to come.
While Burrow is already playing like one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, there is always room for improvement — especially when you have to keep up with Patrick Mahomes. So, next season, in an effort to grow Burrow’s game, Bengals coaches will be giving him more input in the offense.
“Now we’ve reached the point going into [Burrow’s] year four where, schematically, he’s got a lot of input, too. That’s a lot of fun. There are more peer conversations as opposed to us trying to tell him what to do. That’s when it starts to get really fun,” offensive coordinator Brian Callahan said in an interview with the Bengals official website.
“The quarterback has great input to make big adjustments and give his thoughts and feelings about plays and what position to put players in. It’s a really dynamic environment to go to work in every day.”
During the 2022 season, Burrow started in 16 games and completed 68% of his passes for 4,475 yards, 35 touchdowns (a career high), and 12 interceptions. The Bengals ultimately won the AFC North with a 12-4 record and made it to the AFC Championship game by beating the Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card round and the Buffalo Bills in the Divisional Round.
In the AFC Championship game, however, Burrow and the Bengals fell to Mahomes and the Chiefs in a thrilling 23-20 game, which was the exact same score as last year’s title game, albeit reversed.