5 scapegoats if things go wrong for the Bengals in 2022

Jessie Bates, Bengals. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
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Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
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2. Joe Burrow

Things would have to go pretty badly in 2022 if fans were turning on Joe Burrow but as we’ve learned, when things aren’t going well with a team, the quarterback is usually the one that carries the burden.

Burrow was injured through the final six games of his rookie year and that led to him getting off to a slow start during the 2021 season. At one time, he led the league in interceptions but went the final four games of the regular season without throwing one.

While it seems difficult to imagine Burrow not playing well or the Bengals’ offense not humming this year, if the offense does have trouble scoring — as it did during times throughout the regular season — Burrow is going to get slammed for it. Whether it’s his fault or not, Burrow is going to be a scapegoat if the Cincinnati offense fails to live up to its lofty expectations.

Quarterbacks know that when things are going well, they get praise but when things aren’t going swimmingly, they’re the ones who get the most crap thrown their way.