Rams GM Les Snead Told Bengals’ Zac Taylor He Would Love Drafting Joe Burrow: ‘You’ll Be Glad You Lost That Game’

If this year’s playoffs have showcased anything, it’s that Joe Burrow has arrived as one of the game’s top talents. Burrow has guided the Cincinnati Bengals toward sitting one win away from earning their first Super Bowl. He’s secured his spot as the franchise cornerstone for many years ahead.

Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead foresaw that possibility, telling Bengals head coach Zac Taylor just that months before the organization took Burrow first overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Bengals sit 1 win away from becoming Super Bowl champions

Like his brief time at LSU, Burrow is leading another team to championship success.

After suffering a torn ACL midway through his rookie campaign, Burrow bounced back in his first full campaign, pushing the franchise to the brink of hoisting the Vince Lombardi trophy. Beyond his stellar play, the 25-year-old has demonstrated poise beyond his years.

Burrow has led the Bengals to their first playoff win since 1990 and first Super Bowl appearance in 34 years. In his first three playoff games, he’s thrown for 842 yards on a 68.8% completion rate with four touchdown passes to two interceptions and holds a 96.2 passer rating.

As the Bengals prepare for Super Bowl 56 against the Rams, Les Snead dropped an interesting tidbit about his conversation with Zac Taylor before drafting Burrow.

Rams GM Les Snead told Bengals’ Zac Taylor he would love drafting Joe Burrow

The Bengals have gone from suffering through years of playoff shortcomings to sitting a win away from securing the first Super Bowl in franchise history.

Much of which comes on Burrow’s shoulders as he’s quickly elevated himself among the game’s top young talents. Longtime Rams general manager Les Snead was among the many that noticed Burrow’s promising trajectory.

During a recent interview on The Rich Eisen Show, Snead revealed that he and head coach Sean McVay told Zac Taylor after the Bengals’ Week 16 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos in the 2019 season that he will love drafting Burrow.

“What interest me is that he played against a lot of NFL players,” Snead said. “He’s got a lot of them on his team and the [offensive] systems translated. It wasn’t totally a pro system, but they were asking him to make NFL-type reads. Some of those evaluations were, ‘I think Joe Burrow has got a really really got a chance.’ It was really fun to watch.”

“I do remember Sean [McVay] and I called Zac Taylor. I forget how they finished the year. This seemed like it was after a tough loss, but I remember us telling him, ‘You know what you’ll be glad you lost that game. You get to draft Joe Burrow. Life will get better down the road here.”

Taylor didn’t need Snead or McVay, who he worked under with the Rams for two seasons before joining the Bengals, to realize the unique talent Burrow possesses. The LSU product dominated the collegiate scene behind his incredible 60-touchdown campaign that earned him the 2019 Heisman Trophy.

Burrow has Taylor and the Bengals sitting in a promising spot that could see many more Super Bowls appearances ahead.

Cincinnati must continue to strengthen the roster around Joe Burrow

The Bengals possess a unique opportunity ahead.

Although Cincinnati is on the doorstep of securing a Super Bowl win, the franchise knows the areas to improve the roster. The offensive line must improve to keep Burrow upright to minimize setbacks concerning injuries.

The front office has done an excellent job surrounding him with young skilled-position talents such as Ja’Mar Chase, Joe Mixon, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and C.J. Uzomah. The focus must remain on adding depth, especially before Burrow garners his next contract.

Time is of the essence, and the Bengals’ deep playoff run must underline the importance of the roster construction around the young star quarterback.

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