The NFL world watched in awe as Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jake Browning let the Minnesota Vikings know that they made a mistake letting him go.
In his Tuesday presser, Browning explained that while his reaction was genuine, he knows that the win revolved around more than just him and his revenge.
“I guess my biggest regret was that game turned into like my revenge game when in reality, there were so many things that went into getting that win,” Browning told reporters. “You know, making sure that it’s acknowledged that it wasn’t just my revenge game. It was a great team.”
As the starting QB for a team in the playoff hunt, especially one that’s playing extraordinarily well at the moment, Browning is going to get most of the attention no matter what he says/doesn’t say in front of the camera.
His reaction in that moment was deserved after two years of biding his time with the Bengals following his unfortunate exit from Minnesota.
Say what you will about Browning’s ability as a quarterback; leadership does not seem to be a quality he lacks. They’re all team wins and team losses at the end of the day. Last Saturday in particular was full of incredible moments by several different areas of the roster.
“We played unbelievable at a lot of positions that were not quarterback,” Browning said. “Just to rattle off a few I mean, I throw a pick minus territory in the [third] quarter, turns into three points.”
I mean, that’s lose the game type of play if our defenses doesn’t step up. “We lose DJ Reader, who’s an All-Pro level nose guard in the first quarter, and then we stuff them on third and short and fourth and inches,” Browning continued.
“That’s another one, we lose the game if they don’t do that. And I throw the ball up to Tee [Higgins] and he makes one of the craziest plays I’ve ever seen.”
All of that culminated in the Bengals toppling Browning’s former team in overtime, a win that also wouldn’t have been possible without his play in the second half.
He completed 20 of 27 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns. His aforementioned interception aside, Browning stepped up when it mattered most. He’s got his teammates’ backs, and Cincinnati has his.