Urban Meyer responds to Colin Cowherd's criticism of Joe Burrow
FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd has never really been on the Joe Burrow bandwagon. Even though the quarterback put up one of the best seasons in history, Cowherd hasn’t shown much love for Burrow.
Cowherd has frequently called Burrow a “nice” quarterback but doesn’t believe he’s a franchise-changing guy. The radio host says that Burrow was a “one-hit wonder,” producing just one great season during his college career.
Burrow’s former head coach Urban Meyer didn’t seem to be too concerned about Burrow’s “one-hit wonder” status, though. Not when that one season was so incredible.
“Colin, I don’t believe that’s criticism,” Meyer said, per 247Sports. “I believe that’s factual. A one-hit wonder, that’s better than a no-hit wonder. I mean, he had arguably the best season in the history of college football. Yes, he was on a great team, but when you start studying the film, the throws he made weren’t to a bunch of wide open guys now. He placed that ball. He scrambled. He kept those plays alive. So yeah, he’s a one-hit wonder. He was a little later developing, but I don’t look at that as concern. It’s factual … I’ll say this about Joe. If it wasn’t for what happened, it would be a major risk. Reality is, he had arguably the greatest season in history a quarterback has ever had. So, that overrules the fact that he only did it for one year.”
Last season, Burrow threw for 5,671 yards and 60 touchdown passes as he won the 2019 Heisman Trophy. He led LSU to a 15-0 record, an SEC title and a national championship. The result was being selected No. 1 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Shortly after Burrow was selected, the Bengals released former starting quarterback Andy Dalton, essentially anointing Burrow the leader of the franchise starting in 2020.