CINCINNATI — One major goal for the winless Cincinnati Bengals is clear following their 0-2 start to the season.
“That’s our biggest goal going forward — to help our guys trust us and earn their trust. I feel like that’s something we haven’t done yet,” Karas said Monday.
Burroughs was sacked six times in Sunday’s 20-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He was sacked seven times in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to ESPN Stats and Information Research, his 13 total sacks to start the season tied for the most in the past 20 years.
Against Dallas, Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan said the Cowboys ran a lot of plays and rotations, with a second pass rusher or someone under pressure.
“He seems comfortable moving,” Callahan said of the burro. “He’s getting a good look at it. When you end up in spots where you make a guy miss and he comes here second, that’s a little tough.”
Karras, who the team signed as a new center this offseason after spending last season with the New England Patriots, said blocking well and giving the Burros a clean pocket is the best way to make them feel comfortable. But Karas echoed Callahan’s sentiments and would huff the quarterback when the pressure was on late in the game.
“We want him to feel that these successes are not coming,” Karas said.
Cincinnati’s sack issue comes in a Super Bowl run where the Burrows’ defense is a big issue. The Bengals surrendered 19 sacks in four playoff games in 2021. The Los Angeles Rams, who beat Cincinnati in the Super Bowl, allowed just seven sacks.
Cincinnati has four new starters on the offensive line, adding left tackle Jonas Williams The only catch from last season. Bengals right tackle Lael CollinsHe was with the Cowboys before signing with Cincinnati this offseason, and said it’s up to the offensive linemen to find chemistry with each other.
“This is the first time we’ve played together in the first two weeks,” Collins said. “I think we’re going to be good. We’re going to be on the same page and just start doing what we do, and that’s going to come out and set the tone. Lock on it.”
Not all of Cincinnati’s sack woes fall squarely on the players. Burrow took most of the blame in Week 1 on the Steelers.
Callahan attributes the recent struggles to a number of factors, from poor communication to good opponents. But it doesn’t diminish where things stand for the Bengals after two games.
“It’s going to have to be a lot better than it was kind of in every way in the end for us to get to where we want to be,” Callahan said.