1. Joe Burrow
This could be jumping the gun tremendously but hear me out — Joe Burrow joined a team that won just two games in 2019 and showed potential as a rookie in 2020 despite winning just three games before he was injured.
When he returned to quarterback the offense in 2021, it took Burrow a while to get going but when he finally locked in, the dude was unstoppable. What he did in the 2021 season was more than any quarterback had done for the team since the 1980s. He led them to a Super Bowl in his first full season as a starter and won Comeback Player of the Year. How could he not be ranked first after that?
Some might say it’s too early to put Burrow here but fans feel confident in this kid to go out there and win a big game for them because he’s already done it on the biggest stage. That’s something Palmer and Dalton can’t say so why shouldn’t Burrow be No. 1?
Maybe the top three is shaken up when Burrow’s Bengals tenure is all said and done but right now, in this moment, he’s the best starting quarterback for the team since 2000.
How would you rank the Bengals starting quarterbacks from 2000 and on?