There’s been a lot of firsts this month for Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals. The month started with a win over the Chiefs that gave Cincinnati its first division crown since 2015. January has also included the Bengals’ first playoff win in 33 years as well as the franchise’s first-ever road playoff win. 

Last weekend’s win over the Titans also marked the first time that Burrow called his own plays in an NFL game, although it was not by design. Burrow said Wednesday that he was temporarily thrust into the role of play-caller after his headset went out. 

“Never been in that position before,” Burrow said of his headset malfunction, via Paul Dehner of The Athletic. “That was kind of exciting for me. Zac always jokes don’t pretend like the headset goes out so you can call your own plays. All of them worked. That was fun.”

Burrow got a taste of what life was like for NFL quarterbacks from a bygone era who called their own plays. While coaches and coordinator have primarily called their team’s plays for the past 40-plus years, former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw and former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler called their team’s plays…



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