I agree with all that. I have followed the kid since the beginning of the run that The Plains team made his senior year, and have been rooting for him ever since. His dad being a DC and teaching him to analyze what a defense tries to do to him is the Brady/Belichick formula, in a way. The QB must possess the intellect, but the film study with a defensive guy is, I think, invaluable. To have had that since he was a pee-wee is great.Burrow does not have the golden arm of Haskins, Tua, or Lawrence. Burrow is not the runner of say Murray or Hurts. What makes Burrow special is that he has good skills coupled with an uncommon football savvy derived from his football coach father and superior work ethic. Simply said Burrow is the best all around quarterback in college football.
As to Fields, he is a great athlete, likely better than Burrow. You cannot dispute his gaudy stats for OSU this season. Yet he does not seem to have that undefinable trait of leadership that Burrow the best.
Burrow had the ability to track and anticipate 3 or more receivers at 17, and he has demonstrated the ability to adapt to increasing speed along the way while maintaining that "bandwidth". He isn't super fast, but he's become big and solid physically and he runs elusively well while being smart enough to know when to dip out or slide. He has pocket presence. Arm strength has consistently improved, still hucks a duck now and then. If he totally cleans up his release some day, he'll be deadly in the NFL.
I hate the fact that he'll end up here in the AFC North, but he'll keep the Bungles in Cincinnati, so that's good.
None of that changes the fact that he had a broken hand and was unable to compete equally for a job because of that. I had also heard that Cardale and the other tOSU QBs kind of allied against him in the QB room. That might explain his eagerness to graduate early even after red-shirting as a freshman and have two years of portable eligibility without a transfer penalty. Was he gone before it was known Day would take over ? Maybe he didn't trust Urban Meyer ?