Bengals' Joe Burrow claps back at Ravens coach after 20-point rout
Burrow set a team record for passing yards on Sunday
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow fired back at Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale after their win on Sunday.
Burrow finished the 41-21 victory 37-for-46 with 525 passing yards and four touchdowns. He was asked whether he saw Martindale’s comments about pumping the brakes before anyone crowned Burrow a Hall of Famer.
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"I didn’t think it was a necessary comment," Burrow said. "I wouldn’t say I was offended by it. I’m in year two who know what’s going to happen down the road but I didn’t think it was a necessary comment."
When asked whether it was on his mind during the giant game he had, Burrow replied with a huge grin: "Maybe."
Martindale was asked about playing Burrow and the tough stretch the team has been in with tough opponents on the schedule.
BURROW’S 525 YARDS, 4 TDS POWER BENGALS PAST RAVENS 41-21
"We're going down the wrong street, because ... like I said last week, Davante Adams, he's one of the top two receivers in the league, and he's not No. 2, and Aaron Rodgers is a Hall of Fame quarterback, and I don't think we're ready to buy a gold jacket for Joe [Burrow] yet," Martindale said Thursday.
"You could tell the game is slowing down for him. He's seeing things a lot faster than he did his rookie year, and it's going to be a tough challenge."
Martindale wasn’t critical of Burrow, but it appeared his remarks were enough to make it to Burrow’s personal bulletin board.
Burrow broke a Bengals team record for passing yards, previously held by Boomer Esiason (522 yards). The win gives Cincinnati control over their own path to the playoffs with two games left.
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"We're right where we want to be," Burrow said. "We knew we had a chance to be in this position in training camp. We knew the kind of team we had. You couldn't ask for a better situation right now. We control our destiny. Win these next two games, and we've got the division locked."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.