We’re just two weeks into the new season, but it’s painfully evident that the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line is once again one of, if not the team’s biggest weakness.
It also has Joe Burrow on pace to break the kind of record you never want to be in contention for.
After allowing four sacks vs. the Chicago Bears, the Bengals have allowed Burrow to be sacked nine times in two games, a pace of 76.5 sacks over a 17-game season.
Seventy-six and a half.
That’s beyond absurd, and it would be a single-season record for sacks taken by a QB, breaking the previous mark held by former Houston Texans QB David Carr, who was sacked an NFL-record 76 times during the 2005 season.
Granted, Carr’s record came in a 16-game regular season, and this is the first year the NFL will have a 17-game season. But it’s still the kind of record you want to have no business flirting with, let alone breaking, but that’s what the Bengals are on pace to do if they don’t protect Burrow better.
What makes matters worse is much of the pressure this line allows comes on the interior, where three veterans in Quinton Spain, Xavier Su’a-Filo and Trey Hopkins are starting.
Their backups? Three rookies who have yet to play a regular-season snap in Jackson Carman (a converted offensive tackle), Trey Hill and D’Ante Smith.
If things don’t change fast, Burrow is going to wind up back on injured reserve, and Zac Taylor will be looking for a new job.
Hey @Bengals your protection of your QB stinks— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) September 19, 2021
The plan isn’t good. The protection isn’t good.
Get it fixed FAST.