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Adam "Pacman" Jones, Former Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Back

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January 23, 2023 7:43 pm

Adam "Pacman" Jones, Former Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Back

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January 23, 2023 7:43 pm

Adam "Pacman" Jones joined Zach to discuss his impressions with the Bengals dominating the Bills and if Joe Burrow is a better quarterback than Patrick Mahomes. 

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So get started and download the free Odyssey app today. We continue this at the Yelp Show coast to coast on CBS Sports Radio Conference Championship weekend set. You'll have the Bengals going arrowhead to square off once again against the Kansas City Chiefs.

You also have the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the San Francisco 49ers. Fresh off the Bengals beat down yesterday in Buffalo. We welcome in a former Cincinnati Bengal. Does a great job believing Bengals on the Believe Podcast Network along with Solomon Wilcox. And that is former Cincinnati Bengal and Adam Pac-Man Jones.

Pac-Man, appreciate the time as always. How you been? Man, I'm good. I'm even better by that win yesterday. I got a chance to listen to you guys earlier and I will say this. These are the four best teams in the NFL.

I would agree with that. I was between Cincinnati and Buffalo actually in the AFC, but if you slide in Kansas City, I can't really disagree. I was never in between Cincinnati and Buffalo. I think Buffalo have a good team, but they don't have a better team than Cincinnati. Obviously, it showed this week.

I don't think the game would have been close the first time. I think it's one thing about the Bengals. They got good matchups. So when it comes down to these playoff times, you look at the wide receiver court. We got four wide receivers that can stretch the field, four wide receivers that can beat one-on-one covers. And we got a hell of a running back with Joe Nixon and Pete Ryan.

Then you go back and look at the quarterback position. He's unreal. There's no quarterback that you can say has been playing better than number nine, Joe Burrow, these last ten weeks. He was like a dart out there this week.

It didn't even look like it was snowing because obviously it didn't slow him down that one bit. I keep on saying about Joe Burrow, people go, what stands out to you the most about him? And I go, he just has it. I don't know how to describe it, but every time you watch him play, you go, man, that is one of, if not maybe the best quarterback in the NFL. He's special.

When you talk to him, you can tell because he's different. He knows he's special, I should say. When you just go back and break down the film, no quarterback is going through all of their reads and doing the tricks like he's doing right now. I love Patrick Mahomes. He's an unbelievable quarterback. I do think he still is the face of the NFL right now. But if you just go by strictly quarterback mode, I think Joe Burrow is by far the best quarterback in the NFL. Now, we got a lot of help with Andy Reid.

Andy Reid and the guys up in San Francisco. I think he's number one against San Francisco, number two when it comes to offensive coordinators. But I do think when you look at the quarterback position, this guy Joe, he's special. He's something we haven't seen in a while.

And he's razor-high sharp. I know when you were in Cincinnati, the Bengals right under Marvin Lewis were constantly going to the playoffs. But it got a little bit in an uncomfortable state there the last few years where the team was treading in the wrong direction. And he comes in and he really, I don't want to sound too dramatic at him, Pac-Man Jones, but he totally changed that franchise and saved that franchise.

Because the last two years, they just keep on finding a way to get to the big games. I think Coach Taylor did a great job. I think more than anybody, I think we should be giving an award to Duke Tobin. Duke Tobin did a hell of a job of getting high profile guys in.

He went back-to-back LSU draft. So I think Duke Tobin got a lot of credit to do with the guys that we have on the team right now. But yeah, man, it's good.

And this is not a fake. You look at it, you're like, oh, me personally? I knew they would get better down the stretch because the line, our offensive line, at that point up to last week or week before last, we've played together more than any line in the NFL. So we had to just start clicking with the run game and all of that. But I think we're doing a good job up front, and Zach is doing a hell of a job of taking care of the players' bodies. They all look fresh. You can tell this week, no one was sore or complaining about the long season.

And that's got a lot to do with what Zach do the whole season of taking care of their bodies. And also, Adam Pac-Man Jones, I know this is such an offensive league now and the defensive guys don't get the credit, but Lou Annaromo on the defensive side of the ball, this dude better start getting some head coaching interviews because he's been unbelievable. Hold on, you know, we need Lou for like another year, but I don't know.

Honestly, personally, I got to be honest, he does a head coaching job right now with the stuff that he has done the last couple of years. But Lou especially, it's so funny how he switches up the defense every second half. The Bengals only allow, I think, ten points the second half, the last six or eight weeks we've had games.

Like, that's hard to do. Like, when you can keep Buffalo for only scoring three to ten points, that means you're doing something good. And the guys up front are unbelievable. Starting with Rita, we already know what Mr. Ohio, how he do on the end, but like, we got a good cast of guys. Rick, the young guy, played really good this week. Even on the deep ball, he never panicked and got the ball out of there.

And you can tell, man, the way Joe carries himself makes everybody else play a lot harder in the high level. Adam Pacman-Jones here with us. And don't get this twisted, what I was saying earlier, I thought the two best teams in the AFC were the Bengals and the Bills, and then I thought Kansas City was third. We'll see this matchup once again coming up this weekend. But getting back to yesterday's matchup, what specifically was it that made you so confident going in? Because I was expecting this to be a good game, and it was the farthest thing from a good game, unless you are a Bengals fan, which that was the perfect game you could play. Well, you got to look at it, like when I'm looking at them, I know everybody think I'm just, Bengals, Bengals, Bengals.

Yes, I do love the, I love the Cowboys too, you know, and I love the Titans. But when you, when you, and I told everybody that the Titans game shouldn't even been a game. But when you go back and look at the Bengals team, if you are on the Bills team, how do you match up? Who do you match up when you playing man to man?

Who are, you have not, you got, even when he playing good, he play good. But every last one of those guys in the secondary, when targets have allowed a hundred, I mean a hundred yards per game. So I felt comfortable because if it got to a shootout, I didn't feel that you guys had no one that can guard us. And so this week you guys played a lot of cover too.

When we got the man, Joe did, explored it. And I think, I think we did a good job with picking up the blitz. People around did a good job of picking up the blitz this week.

And I think that helped us a lot too. What do you think the game comes down to this weekend? You know, the Bengals going to be confident. They've defeated the Chiefs three straight times. What's going to decide who gets to go to the Super Bowl this weekend between the Bengals and Chiefs? Oh no, I know I went to the playoffs four times in Cincinnati consecutive years. We had Joe, we probably won the Super Bowl.

And I hate to say it like that, but it is what it is. But I don't think the Chiefs have no one that can guard us. If you look at our roster, we match up with the Chiefs pretty good. We got a guy that can guard Kelsey. He wears number 33.

And on the outside, they good, but they're not, they're not elite. I think this all comes down to Lou. Lou have played these guys three times. And every time we have played them in the second half, it's damn near shut out every time. So I trust what Lou has been playing because it worked three times.

If it gets to a shootout, I'm going with Joe. Wrapping up with Adam Pacman-Jones, I got to get your thoughts on the Cowboys. Dak Prescott did not have his best game obviously the other day. Major reason why they lost the game. What stood out to you in that Dallas 49ers contest? I got to play better. I love that. I love them as a person. That wasn't good enough.

That wasn't good enough to get us across the drawing board. And you know how it is in Dallas, man. They love hard and they hate hard. So talk about what you've done for me lately. You know, I know you got a year, two years on the deal left. Yeah, two years.

I'm eager to see how I go. I know. I think a new head coach is coming. I think Jerry's playing with the same head coach. We'll see. We'll see who takes the job. Will Sean Payton take the job? Or who will take the job? That's an interesting question.

Well, we'll see if it's available first, but it seems like you're pretty confident that it will be. I guess we'll find out in the next 24 hours or so. It could be Dan Quinn, honestly. They may promote within if they can't go out there and get Sean Payton out of Pacman-Jones. Yeah, I like Dan Quinn. Or I like Marvin Lewis. Well, he's interviewed before.

He interviewed last time when that job was available and did not get it. But we'll see if Jerry comes calling again. Hey, before we let you run, so you're going with the Bengals over the Chiefs. Is that right in the game, I'm assuming? Yeah, I'm going with the Bengals over the Chiefs by, I want to say, I'm going to say seven.

Okay. It's going to be three or seven. I think the game is going to be close.

Everything is back on now, as you can see, of last week. So, I think we win by seven. And who do you like in the NFC between Philadelphia and San Francisco? I'm scared of the game, but I'm going with the Eagles. My original pick from week one was the Cowboys. I'm going to say it was the Bengals, Eagles, Super Bowl.

I'm going to stick with the Eagles. I think the Eagles got a really good defense. And as you can see, they played really fast this week. It really was in the game. Last thing I'll ask you, Adam Pacman-Jones, the offensive line was a big key going into this one.

You knew Lyle Collins out for the season, no Kappa, no Jonah Williams as well. And Burrow really didn't even have to break a sweat. What did you see up front that allowed the Bengals offensive line to be so successful, even when they were rotating in not their usual starters because they were out with injuries? TJ did a great job of coming in and picking up the protection. And you got to realize, Joe hit six different receivers in the first.

It was 17-0. He was like, whoa, whoa, oh, my God. He had six different receivers that touched the ball. So, the ball is going everywhere, man.

There's a lot of guys that's open. And as you can see, Joe is dissecting everything right now. He's playing at an IQ that I can't even – it's unreal if you really look at it. If you go back and look at the games, even when they're in the cup or two, he knows exactly where to go with the ball. So, man, he takes off running. He knows exactly what to do. At the end of the half, fight the ball with two seconds left on the clock.

We still get a three out of it. So, these things look small, but they're very big in live bullet time. Adam Pacman Jones, make sure you check him out. Believe in Bengals, the Believe podcast network, along with Solomon Wilcox. We appreciate the time, as always.

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