Hey, how's it going? Everybody, this is Ray route from SportsCastr News and welcome, I guess.
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SportsCastr News That intro I messed up a lot.
But today, man, I'm gonna be talking about the Cincinnati Bengals more in particular job Borough.
But look at the Bengals as a whole.
You know, when you think of this whole cove in 19 pandemic thing, it's obviously affecting teams right across the n f l o T A s Couldn't go many camps, couldn't run.
NFL comes out yesterday says that training camp will only happen at team facilities.
Which makes sense.
No joint practices, all that kind of good stuff.
So when you start thinking about guys like Joe Borough, you wonder how is a rookie who's gonna have a ton of expectations on him this season? How is he going to adapt to this type of environment? Well, the Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan seems to think that Joe Burrows doing just fine in these rare cir***stances, and he actually came out and said, quote he has really he is a really, really good feel for understanding protection schemes and how to get himself protected and where he is our in the protection scheme, so that part has always been really impressive.
He comes to every meeting and he competes.
I mean, like, it's really kind of difficult in my eyes to try to determine how guy competes in a zoo meeting, but all the power to man.
I'm sure that Joe Burrows put in his own work on the sideline, but it would really benefit him.
To be able to get out there and practice with his teammates.
And what I really am gonna focus on today is, Will Joe Borough make the Bengals offense better this season? I want to look at.
Did the Bengals actually get better in the off season? And are the Bengals good enough to compete in that very, very tough A F C North? So, look, will the virtual offseason impact Joe Borough in his progression to becoming the Bengal starting quarterback? Absolutely.
But in fairness, it's going to impact almost everybody who is currently trying to wait to make their way through.
If you're a player, whether a rookie or a veteran, if you're unfamiliar with coaching system that you're in, if you're unfamiliar with the players are playing in the schemes that you need to run.
It's obviously going to affect you not being on the field, practicing those schemes.
There's only so much you can learn from meetings and reading the playbook.
You need to get out there and actually do for a rookie.
It brings up even more pressure because not only are you trying to learn your new offense, you're also trying to adapt the plane in the NFL and the one way.
I was kind of try to describe it, and this is me just listening to other players.
Obviously, I've never played in the NFL, but you think about the best players, Some of the best players you played against in college.
They could be a team second and third stringers.
The NFL is bigger, faster, stronger than anything you'll ever you ever experienced in the N C. Double A.
So you're already going through that adaption while also trying to learn a playbook while not getting the time on the field.
I'm sure that they wanted him there in May in June, working things we don't know if there's gonna be a mini camp.
It's probably just gonna go straight to training camp when and if this season gets off.
So absolutely, it's gonna affect Job, bro.
But it's going to affect other teams as well.
But the teams that have established offenses they like the Baltimore Ravens or the Kansas City Chiefs are gonna have an advantage.
Other first year quarterbacks like Jared System of the Patriots being the backup last year, has more familiarity with the Patriots offense.
He's gonna have a bigger advantage over a job, borough or a to attack a viola or somebody in a prominent role, either.
An offensive defense, I think of a Chase Young over in Washington who needs to try to adapt to the NFL.
Also, just for one second one to address something with Joe. Bro.
This hold thinking that I think that Joe Borough is gonna be a draft bust has just it's grown legs on its own and kind of taking off.
And I want to kind of explain my stance.
I have never come out and said, I believe Joe Borough is definitely going to be a draft bus.
That would just be ridiculous for me to say what I talk about.
What Joe Borough is, if you will said to me, Hey, man, who do you think could be a draft? Bless Joe Burrow.
Kind of Has it written all over him.
Um, look, did Joe Borough improved from 2018 to 2019? I believe he absolutely did.
I think he got better.
You put in the work and he became a better player.
Did he turn the corner so much from going from on? Okay.
Quarterback to being one of the most prolific quarterbacks in NCWO history.
How much? That was Joe Borough.
How much? That was L s U.
When you think about it in 2018 I got a start up in front of me.
He completed 200 in 19 passes for 2894 yards in 16 touchdowns.
He flips around in 2019 and puts up 40 to 56 71 60 TDs.
To me, that's such a huge turnaround that the pressure that's gonna mount on this kid to try to have that same success in the NFL.
So I'm not saying he could be.
He could look, he could come out.
He could be the next Tom Brady.
Could be next, Peyton Manning 100%.
He also could come out and be a draft blessed.
So I don't want people to think that I'm completely doubting Joe Borough, and I think he's just gonna be this kid who can't play football.
I think he's got a very good chance to succeed in the National Football League.
Um, I just think that the pressure is mounting on him now.
Will job Earl be able to come out, though it make an immediate impact on the Bengals offense again? I want to see him play in the NFL before it can say it for sure.
But I think it did.
The way you got to evaluate that is is Joe Borough and upgrade over, uh, Andy Dalton.
I think the fact that the Bengals were willing to move on from Dalton says that they think he is.
So if that's if they believe that Burrow is the better option and he's going to start this season, then I think I have to go with okay, they've got an upgraded quarterback.
Joe Mixon is one of my favorite running backs in the NFL, I think because he plays for the Bengals.
He's completely underrated of how good he actually is.
Let's also not forget that A.
Green is still on that team, and he was injured all of last season.
That was a big impact.
Green was probably one of the better things toe happen in the Bengals last year and him not playing this season because that's what probably pushed them to be able to get the first overall.
Pick the land, bro.
You're talking about a guy that has little averages 1100 yards per season when you're missing and 1000 yard consistent 1000 yard receiver during the season, you are not going to get the results that you're looking for.
They also beefed up when they drafted T.
Hagans in the second round.
Who should? Who could be a great number two beside a J Green? So you've got sort of that 123 punch.
You've got a great running game with Joe Mixon, who can really pound the ball, get up the field.
Then you got a J.
Green tea Higgins on the other side.
If Joe Borough comes as advertised, even if he's let's say, half of what? He wasn't l s u in 2019 then? Yeah, absolutely.
He is going to come out and he's going to improve this Bengals offense.
He's going to make them better.
I think that's without a shadow of a doubt.
I think you gotta look out with the Bengals is when we start talking about what are the expectations and 20 in 2019 or 2020 and what could they be? It's.
Did they do enough to make the team better? Obviously, by drafting Borough by drafting Higgins.
Yeah, they made the team Ah, little bit better.
They also went out and they got a good defensive end.
They got a lot couple of linebackers in the draft.
They had an awful defense in 2019 so they improved it that way.
I think that one of the more underrated moves they made this year with signing deejay Reader for a good interior defensive lineman that can really get out there and and and make a splash, they address the guard position in free agency.
I think that one of the red flags I would look at from an offensive perspective is a lost Tyler Eifert, who I thought was a pretty solid tight end.
He signed off in free agency, but at the end of the day, they have gotten better.
But as I said, they're playing in one of the toughest divisions in football.
They're playing in that a F C North that consists of Lamar Jackson, Van Roethlisberger and Baker Mayfield.
And even though like a team like the Browns, is under a chief for so long, they're a tough team to play.
The Ravens went 14 into last season, and Pittsburgh was almost a playoff team without Rogers Burger for most of the season.
He's back against that defense.
Cincinnati's got a lot of things.
So when you ask me, you know, are the Bengals good enough to compete in the division? I'm gonna say that this year they didn't do enough to improve their defense, which isn't their fault.
Taken, taken one more year and improve.
I think by next season of Joe Borough does pan out and he's the guy that they hoped he was.
You could see the Bengals really compete in that a F C North and things getting very, very interesting where there's a possibility you could almost see all four teams making the playoffs, especially with that extra wild card in 2021.
But when you look at the defense they ranked 30th in Devi away last season.
There's no way after you focus so much time on offense, where your 1st 2 picks were offensive players in broken Higgins that you improve that defence enough toe, bring them up to a level where they're ready to compete in that division.
So if you said to me like a man, what are your predictions for the A F C North? Obviously, it's got to be the Baltimore Ravens winning the division.
It's their division toe lose until they prove they can't.
That's the team.
You gotta you gotta beat.
You got Lamar Jackson.
Ah, they made some big splashes in the draft this year and brought in players who can be effective for them.
They brought in one of the best running backs coming out of college, have set records at Ohio State, and their defense is improved.
Their defense is pretty much intact from last season.
Who was, I think, because of Lamar Jackson, that defense was completely underrated.
Baltimore is gonna be the toughest team to beat in that division, and I got them winning number one.
My second team might surprise people, but I have the Cleveland Browns.
I think that with bringing in seven Kevin Stefanski, he could maybe change that culture a little bit.
All the players seem to have the right attitude going into this season.
Mayfield has basically said, I'm going to shut up and play football, which I believe was the problem last year, having his public spouts and beefs with Rex Ryan and that kind of thing.
Ah, you had drivers Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.
Who were playing injured last year.
They've got Nick Chubb, who's probably one of the better running backs in the NFL.
He's come out and talked about the attitude and how it wasn't right last year talking about how Cleveland thought they were better than they were that they didn't have to put in the work you brought in Austin Hooper.
So now you've got a really, really legitimate tight end.
I mean, that offense is super scary, and then you still got guys like Myles Garrett on defense.
You know, if the Browns could have landed to David Clowney.
I may have put them first in the A F C North.
Last year they were, you know, preseason Super Bowl favorites.
They'll probably be a little bit lower this year because of the disappointment last year if there was ever gonna be a season to buy into the Cleveland Browns.
This is the season number three days.
See, North is the Pittsburgh Steelers, despite having a Watt brother despite having Ben Roethlisberger back despite having one of my favorite receivers in the league.
Juju Smith Schuster.
I just think that Baltimore and Cleveland are gonna be too good for Pittsburgh to keep up with.
I think it's gonna be a tight division.
I think that those divisional games, they're gonna make the absolute difference for Pittsburgh to dropping down the third.
With that being said, I could see Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh all going to the playoffs this year, with Baltimore winning the division in Cleveland, Pittsburgh going in as wild cards.
That's how good this HC North is with those top three teams and then coming in fourth is to Cincinnati Bengals, who, as I've already said I believe, is a year away from taking that next step in becoming that next big team and if they can address their defense during next offseason in the draft, and Joe Borough is who he is and he's locked in, as their Callahan is talking about than what you're going to see is the Cincinnati Bengals finally make that push.
And we could have a year where we see all four teams from one division make the playoffs, which is absolutely crazy.
And when you look at the whole A F C as a whole, it's got its the A F C is way tougher than the NFC right now with a division that has the can City Chiefs, the Baltimore Ravens, the Indianapolis Colts, the basically the whole A F C North.
Even with the Cincinnati Bengals, the A F C East is wide open.
They still have the Buffalo Bills.
I wouldn't be counting out the New England Patriots yet.
The New York Jets on papers should be a good team.
Miami is a bit of a wild card.
Let's see what happens with to attack a viola this season.
But there another 2021 team that could be very scary with their brand new, improved defense this year and their franchise quarterback.
You know you still got.
Even though DeAndre Hopkins is now in Arizona, you still got the Houston Texans who are gonna be a tough team to compete against.
I mean, really, I I've been saying the whole time that the Denver Broncos are gonna be the most improved team in the NFL this year.
The Raiders are obviously going to compete.
If Justin Herbert or Tyrod Taylor can really step up for the Chargers, they could be back in playoff contention.
I mean, there's maybe two or three teams in this division that I look at and think, Man, this team can't make the play offs because everybody else that I've just mentioned, If everything goes right for them, everything is wide open.
I mean, it's gonna be really, really exciting to watch the A F.
C this season, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Joe broken do with Cincinnati and give us a little glimpse of what we can see in the future.
And if this kid can pick up things this fast that actually beat on the field, maybe my whole ****ysis of he has draft bus written all over him is completely wrong.
We won't know this year.
We probably won't know next year.
But we'll know by year three, and hopefully by then I'm not here anymore.
And you guys can't rub it in my face.
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