Burrow: I've put Super Bowl loss behind me
"I treated it like any other loss," Burrow said Tuesday. "I went through that week, watched the film, saw where I could get better, saw the things we did well. And then I moved on, I put it behind me. We're in the 2022 season."
He added: "Obviously losing the Super Bowl is not fun. It's not something that we wanted to do, but I've put it behind me at this point and we're moving on."
Burrow was sacked seven times and faced frequent pressure in the Bengals' 23-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Pass protection was a consistent limitation throughout the year for the Bengals and Burrow, who was sacked a league-high 51 times in 2021.
Cincinnati focused on improving the offensive line in the offseason, which Burrows hopes allows the team to add more wrinkles to its offense. The AFC champs brought in La'el Collins, Alex Cappa, and Ted Karras as free agents.
"It's early to tell but I'm going into it expecting that we can kind of open it up a little bit, maybe throw some things in that we weren't able to do last year and the year before," Burrow added.
Drafted first overall in 2019, Burrow guided the Bengals to their first division title in six years and first Super Bowl appearance since 1988. Despite the team's Cinderella run as the No. 4 seed, Burrow said his expectations have remained constant.
"Our standard has never changed," he explained. "Coming in here Year 1, I expected to win every game, and that's how I go into every single game: thinking I'm not going to accept losing."