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Is the media right to question the Cincinnati Bengals and their drafting Joe Burrow?

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Mike Browns tenure as owner/general manager has not instilled faith in this franchises loyal fanbase. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Mike Browns tenure as owner/general manager has not instilled faith in this franchises loyal fanbase. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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The media has been openly wondering about the success of the Cincinnati Bengals and LSU quarterback Joe Burow. Are they right in their concern?

It didn’t take long for the national media to put the likely marriage of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals under the microscope. While “Bungle for Burrow” was a battle cry for fans, it’s the equally high potential for bungling by the Bengals that have media types rolling their eyes.

First, it’s a fair criticism. You will find few, if any, who will endorse the business model that the Bengals employ. And while the opportunity to draft a Heisman Trophy winner who just went undefeated AND won a national championship is a rare trifecta of sorts, the question is whether Cincinnati will seize the opportunity to better the organization top to bottom.

Second, that’s a fair question. The Bengals also have opportunities via trades and free agency, but will they use them? Having the first pick in the draft is one thing, but that one pick doesn’t make Cincinnati better alone. The question Bengals fans should ask is if the organization will use this moment to reset the franchise to compete in a league who looks to have passed them by.

That is, in essence, what many NFL watchers and those who know the Bengals first hand are openly wondering. Blake Jewell, a contributor with Stripe Hype, also opined if owner Mike Brown was finally ready to make the kind of decisions that allows the Bengals to win. Unfortunately, there is a tangible track record of decision making that would lead many to question and doubt such good fortune.

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Since it was assured the Bengals would own the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft outright, fans have absolutely salivated at the prospects of Burrow wearing the home stripes. Trust that a lot can and will happen before his name is finally called on opening night. Also, know that as the Bengals do their due diligence on Burrow, that Burrow will do his own due diligence on Cincinnati.

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