The best quarterback in the world?
Well, according to the Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Burrow, there’s only one candidate.
“I don’t think there’s any argument right now, it’s Pat,” Burrow said last week.
“Until someone has a better year than he’s had, he’s the one to knock off,” Burrow continued.
That year included Mahomes winning his second Super Bowl title, second Super Bowl MVP award, and second league MVP award – becoming the first player since Kurt Warner in 1999 to be named league and Super Bowl MVP in the same season.
But not everyone agreed with Burrow, including his Pro Bowl teammate, Ja’Marr Chase. The wide receiver was asked the same question and insisted Burrow was the top quarterback in the NFL, and when told Burrow named “Pat” as the league’s best, he replied: “Pat who?”
So when Kansas City received their Super Bowl LVII championship rings last Thursday, Patrick Mahomes
saw the perfect opportunity to end the debate. The quarterback posted an image on social media of him wearing his two Super Bowl rings, complete with a caption aimed directly at Chase:
That’s Who 💍💍 pic.twitter.com/pIs95yWMTS
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) June 16, 2023
Mahomes’ comeback all but ended an argument that should have, probably, never really started. Because Patrick Mahomes is clearly the best quarterback in the NFL.
It’s not to say there isn’t an absurd number of talented quarterbacks in the league – such as Burrow, the Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen, the Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson, the Los Angeles Chargers’ Justin Herbert, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Hurts and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence – but realistically, no one can truly compare.
Mahomes is one of only six active quarterbacks in the league to start and win a Super Bowl, alongside Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Joe Flacco, and Nick Foles. Only Mahomes and Stafford still play for the team they won the Super Bowl with (as Foles and Flacco are free agents, and Wilson and Rodgers were traded) but Mahomes is the only active quarterback to start and win two Super Bowls.
Those two Super Bowl wins came with two Super Bowl MVP awards, the most of any active player in the league, and only Tom Brady and Joe Montana have won more. He’s also one of six active players to be named league MVP, and although Aaron Rodgers has won the award four times to Mahomes’ two, the 39-year-old quarterback is clearly nearing the end of his career, so, isn’t at Mahomes’ level.
Quarterbacks that may be near his level on the field include Burrow, Allen, and Herbert, but Patrick Mahomes’ stats are better than any of theirs. In the last two seasons, Mahomes has thrown for 10,089 yards and 78 touchdowns compared to Burrow’s 9,086 yards and 69 touchdowns, Allen’s 8,690 yards and 71 touchdowns, and Herbert’s 9,753 yards and 63 touchdowns.
Although what really stands out is that Mahomes wins games.
Mahomes has played in five consecutive AFC Championship Games and three of the last four Super Bowls. Only Burrow comes close, with appearances in the last two AFC Championship Games and Super Bowl LVI, but he has no Lombardi Trophy to show for his efforts.
Others, like Burrow, may be able to play the position in a much more traditional sense – standing in the pocket behind their offensive line, quickly delivering perfect, and on-time passes – but no one plays quarterback like Mahomes.
No other player in the league can escape danger and heave a pass 50 yards down the field for a touchdown like Mahomes. No other player in the league can throw the ball across his body, whilst looking in the other direction, and hit a receiver in stride like Mahomes. It doesn’t mean he’s incapable of taking what the defense gives him in order to live to fight another day but simply put, no other player in the league has the ability to get you off your seat quite like Mahomes does.
Plus, he also signed the largest contract in NFL history back in 2020, surely giving his net worth a well-earned boost, in a deal worth up to half a billion dollars – so the Chiefs must believe he’s not just the best quarterback in the league, but one of the greatest of all time.
Stats, accolades, trophies, talent – as far as signal-callers go, Mahomes has it all.
So the best quarterback in the world? It’s Pat, and it’s not even close.
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