Former Bengals QB Raves About No. 1 Pick Joe Burrow

Ken Anderson likes Burrow for a lot of reasons, but watching his college film, one thing really stood out

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
May 13, 2020 - 8:01 am
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Former NFL quarterback Ken Anderson spent his entire career with the Bengals, from 1971 to 1986, and he is extremely excited for the Joe Burrow era to begin in Cincinnati.

“I watched him a lot on TV, and the thing that impressed me is he never had a bad game,” Anderson said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “He looked the same game in, game out, [even in] the national championship game. He played the toughest schedule in the country and performed at a high level. I really liked his accuracy. You saw him make NFL throws in every game. He had some great talent around him, but he put them in position to make plays. So I’m really excited he’s a part of the Bengals.”

Anderson, who was NFL MVP in 1981, led the Bengals to a Super Bowl appearance that year. His successor, Boomer Esiason, did the same thing in 1988: he was NFL MVP and led the Bengals to the Super Bowl. Both quarterbacks, however, came up short in the big game, both times against the San Francisco 49ers. Anderson hopes Burrow can eventually get the Bengals over the hump.

What will be the biggest adjustment for the 23-year-old?

“Like anything else, even though you’re playing in the SEC and the national championship, the game will be a little bit faster for him,” Anderson said. “A lot of times [in college football] you see receivers are wide open; [that’s] not necessarily the case in the NFL. You may think a guy’s open, but putting the ball in the right spot, he becomes open. But it’s encouraging because you see him make those throws every game, so I think he’s going to have tremendous success.”