On Monday night the SportsCastr News team debated whether or not the Buffalo Bills third year quarterback Josh Allen was the best quarterback in the AFC East. Ray Rauth, Lawrence Owen, and Joe Noobo, all gave their opinion on this hot button topic.
When you look at Josh Allen, he is by far the most talented quarterback in the AFC East. Here’s the issue, talent does not always translate to being the best quarterback. Before I break down my thoughts on Allen, let me give you another comparison.
If you take away accomplishments, if you take away everything we know about Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers as leaders and individuals, and just look at the intangibles - Arm strength, mobility, accuracy, tight spiral, pocket awareness etc… Almost everybody is going to take Rodger over Brady as being the better quarterback. But, when you start adding in the things that don’t end up on the stat sheets - Reading defenses, leadership, performing under pressure, etc… Most people will select Brady over Rodgers as the better quarterback. Being the most talented players doesn’t necessarily translate into being the best player.
That brings us back to Josh Allen, even though he may have the most from the other projected starters in the East: Jarrett Stidham, Sam Darnold, and Ryan Fitzpatrick, Allen has lacked the consistency to be able to definitively call him the best.
Allen has turned to former NFL quarterback and current CBS broadcaster Tony Romo for some help staying more consistent.
“I talked to Tony Romo for a couple hours at the Super Bowl. And I got to talking with him about mechanics and keeping your head on the same plane, same axis, and kind of rotating around it, keeping your left arm super tight, and finding a way to throw the same exact way out of any position, whether your feet are set or not. That’s really been paying off. It’s been a good thing for me, and it’s gonna continue to be something I’ll work on.”
For Allen, taking that advice could prove for the best. It’s clear to see with the talent the Bills have around him, being able to hit receivers with the consistency he needs to will, no could, but will elevate the Bills to taking hold of the AFC East, and giving him the crown of the best quarterback in the division.
Allen needs to make sure that everything he has been working on translates on to the game field, because it’s really easy to do that kind of stuff at practice or when you're having throwing sessions, but he needs to bring that forward to game time.
Having Brown, Beasly, and Diggs is only an advantage if you’re making good decisions, but holding onto the football too long, losing the football, and sailing the ball over your receivers heads is not the way to get the job done. So at this point of the offseason I can’t crown Josh Allen as the best quarterback in the division, but I can say, he has the potential to get there, but his in game decisions and precision will dictate everything.