Former LSU head coach Ed Orgeron weighs in on Joe Burrow's amazing season on NFL Countdown

By , Audacy Sports

During an appearance on ESPN's NFL Countdown, former LSU head coach Ed Oregron paid the crew a visit Saturday afternoon to talk about Joe Burrow and the amazing season he had in his second year in Cincinnati.

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Burrow had quite the regular season, one can say that it resembled that magical 2020 National Championship run. This season, Burrow passed for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns while guiding the Bengals to an AFC North title. Coach O was then asked what is the key behind Burrow's confidence and swagger. That's when Orgeron recalled a story when he met Burrow during his first trip to Baton Rouge, calling him 'the smartest guy in the room', and claiming that all he wanted to do was 'talk football and eat crawfish.'

"During his recruiting visit, he didn't want to do anything but talk football and eat crawfish," Orgeron recalled to the countdown crew. "I told him we could do that. We had a football meeting on a Saturday, and there were six of us in the meeting. And it took me five minutes to figure out that Joe Burrow was the smartest guy in the meeting. That was including me and all my coaches. But you know what? His confidence level increased as he became a player at LSU. We beat Georgia (in 2018), and it became his team."

Coach O then said the moment he saw a switch in Burrow was during the Fiesta Bowl against UCF.

"But here's where I think the turnaround happened: We played in the Fiesta Bowl — a big New Year's Day bowl — against UCF and they had won a bunch of games in a row. Joe Burrow got hit — it was a blindside hit — and I called timeout. I wanted a targeting penalty and I said 'hey get the second-string quarterback, Myles Brennan, ready.' And Joe gets up and says a couple of words that I am not going to say on television. And he said that ain't happening. We went down to score the next three series. That became his football team. That gave his team confidence in his ability to lead the team."

Oregron then recalled a time when Burrow was in the middle of a fight during spring practice when former LSU linebacker JaCoby Stevens accidentally hit Burrow--despite the known rule across a majority of football teams at every level to not touch the quarterback during practice. Coach O says this fight helped embody his fighting spirit.

"And then in the spring, Joe had an operation on his shoulder," Orgeron continued. "Not many people were at practice. We were practicing in the spring. And I told everybody, and I had quick whistle, 'nobody hits Joe.' Well then our linebacker blitz came late and hit Joe and knocked him down. He came off. And then the next play I didn't want anyone fighting. This was at Tiger Stadium on a Saturday morning. We had a big fight. I go the bottom of the pile and it's Joe Burrow."

Coach O, who seems to be enjoying his retirement, signed off with a 'Geaux Bengals.'

While we wait for Orgeron to possibly consider a career on television, Burrow and the Bengals take on the Raiders as the first game to kick off super wild card weekend at 4:30 p.m. EST on ESPN. This is the Bengals first playoff appearance since 2015. They are seeking their first win in the postseason since 1990.

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