Suffice it to say that Sam Acho and Dan Orlovsky differ on whether quarterback Joe Burrow can make the Cincinnati Bengals a playoff contender.
The ESPN NFL analysts debated the topic earlier this week on "Get Up," with Acho insisting that Burrow and the rest of the team are at a disadvantage because of management, and Orlovsky vehemently disagreeing.
"I saw the (Bengals') last game. They had 60 yards of total offense in the first half and two first downs. One of them came in the last few seconds of the first half. No. 2: Zac Taylor is handicapped by their management. Mike Brown, the owner, is not a good owner. The Bengals aren't going to win anytime soon - I don't care how good Joe Burrow is. ... The Bengals are not good and they're not going to be good. Look at their division and look at their team," Acho said.
"If I was given the opportunity to buy stock in a young player in the NFL, Joe Burrow is at the very top of my list. ... I think this dude is that special with his ability to never panic with the football, his ball location, his athleticism. ... This football team and organization is not that far away from being pretty darn good. ... They're four years removed from winning 12 games. ... They've just got to get back to drafting really well. ... But listen, I'm as big a Joe Burrow fan as you can get. ... I will buy as much stock as I can in Joe Burrow making this a very, very good football team in the future," Orlovsky replied.
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Orlovsky explained in April that he believes Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold has more talent than Burrow. In April 2020, Orlovsky said of the five quarterbacks drafted since 2018, the only QB he'd take before Burrow would be Darnold.
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor told reporters Wednesday that Burrow will play a limited number of snaps in the Bengals' preseason finale Sunday against the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium.
USA TODAY Sports' Tyler Dragon called that, via Twitter, a surprising decision:
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