Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow compares noise at Arrowhead Stadium to SEC road college games
Joe Burrow and the Bengals are on their way to Arrowhead Stadium, a venue notorious for turning up the decibels.
Burrow will not be bringing his earplugs to Sunday’s AFC Championship game. The quarterback has plenty of experience playing in noisy stadiums from his college days in the Southeastern Conference.
“In the SEC every week it seems like every stadium is really loud, there are hundreds of thousands of people,” Burrow said Wednesday. “This one is going to be similar. We expect it to be very strong, we talk about it throughout the week. We’re going to have to be great with our communication, our non-verbal communication, like every week on the road .”
Burrow addressed the potentially difficult road environments during the regular season, highlighting his time at Louisiana State by telling reporters that “it’s getting a lot stronger in the SEC than any of these NFL stadiums.” Former Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes doesn’t believe Burrow understands the frame he will be in this weekend, tweeting Burrow “went for a rude awakening.”
We can debate decibel levels for days (Seattle might also have something to say about crowd noise), but Burrow got a taste of audible adversity last weekend when he won Cincinnati Divisional Round against Tennessee. Burrow said his headset radio lost communication with coaches’ headsets, including caller and head coach Zac Taylor, during the game, causing the sophomore quarterback to call his own plays during part of the contest.
It was the first time he had been in such a place. Burrow handled it well.
“No, I’ve never been in this position before,” Burrow said of losing touch with his coaches. “That was pretty exciting to me. Zac was always joking, ‘Hey, don’t pretend the headphones turn off so you can call your own games.’ But on Saturday the headset turned off, so I had to call three or four games on my own, and they all worked, so that was fun.
Although he didn’t throw a touchdown pass, Burrow was snappy in Cincinnati’s win over Tennessee, completing 28 of 37 passes for 348 yards. An interception was the only blemish on his stat line, but when it mattered most, Burrow had it again, hitting Ja’Marr Chase on a 19-yard completion that moved the Bengals to the basket in the final minute of regulation. . Evan McPherson drilled the field goal from 52 yards to send the Bengals to the conference title game.
The Burrow Bengals will likely find themselves in a shootout this weekend against a familiar opponent. Cincinnati needed 34 points and a grueling final possession to defeat Kansas City in Week 17 to claim the AFC North crown.
In this game, the Bengals had the home court advantage. They won’t have the same luxury this weekend. As Tynes tweeted, Burrow will acquaint himself very well with the hostile environment of Arrowhead Stadium.
It will be up to the youngster to prove the former kicker wrong with his performance – and perhaps his ability to communicate under adverse circumstances – in order to help the Bengals reach the Super Bowl.