Today, the Cincinnati Bengals released their all-time leader in passing yards, and the last man to lead their rebuild, Andy Dalton. Taking the only other established quarterback out of the locker room and clearing a path up the depth chart for number one pick, Joe Burrow.
Now, I know I have been a very active participant in the Save Joe Burrow movement. I wanted to see one of the few personalities at the quarterback position at a fun city like Miami. Now, I want him to succeed and play well so that we get to see more of him throughout the regular season.
So how do we do that?
We get Joe some leadership in the quarterback’s room. The only other quarterbacks Cincinnati has on the roster are Ryan Findley and Jake Dolegala. Findley is 25, and was selected out of North Carolina State in the fourth round just last year, and Dolegala went undrafted the same year and signed as the emergency quarterback.
This is a very and uncharacteristically young quarterback corps. What the Bengals need is a veteran voice to cut through the noise and help Burrow establish himself on the professional level. Burrow is walking into a situation where he will have a ton of offensive weapons. Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard behind him and AJ Green, Auden Tate, and Tyler Boyd on the outside. He can set himself up for a solid rookie season and help build this offense in his vision.
The Bengals don’t need an established day one starter who can challenge and push Burrow. We don’t need to be creating unnecessary quarterback drama. We need someone like a McCown brother Capable of playing a game or two in the worst possible scenario where Burrow gets nicked up, but someone more mentor than player at this stage.
I have just the player.
He’s fresh off a divorce and will needs something to get his mind off his troubles. He just spent a month in a tropical vacation and has taken a year off from the game to get acquainted with the reality television game and can tutor Burrow on growing his legend.
The Bengals should sign Smokin’ Jay Cutler to be Joe Burrow’s backup and mentor.