Carson Palmer is Wrong About Joe Burrow Being Better than Patrick Mahomes, But the Argument is Good for Football
We need to talk well-nigh Carson Palmer putting Joe Burrow whilom Patrick Mahomes.
Look, this is what happens. There’s room at the top of the mountain for one player. Anyone that wants to be at the top of the mountain is going to have to rencontre that player. Anyone that wants someone else to be at the top of the mountain is going to have to rencontre that player.
Sometimes that rencontre is a grift. Sometimes it’s genuine.
I’m going to requite the usually quiet Carson Palmer and his $172 million in career earnings the goody of the doubt that he has no reason to start grifting.
So thesping Carson Palmer earnestly challenged the legitimacy of Patrick Mahomes as the NFL’s top dog, let’s write what he said on its merits.
This is Carson Palmer talking well-nigh Joe Burrow:
“I think Joe is the weightier quarterback in the league. I know Patrick [Mahomes] is phenomenal, but I just think Joe’s increasingly consistent. He’s increasingly consistent. He’s increasingly subject to run the system and the play that’s tabbed and not finger like, “Well, he didn’t win last time and get unshut for me, so I’m gonna do it with my feet,” and then surpassing you know it, you’re sacked for a four-yard loss considering you tried to make two or three guys miss. Joe is just… talk well-nigh not having a weakness. Mentally strong, physically tough, accurate, can throw it far enough, fast enough, gets the wittiness out quick, and then he can unquestionably do a lot with his legs.“
So Carson Palmer’s point is that Joe Burrow doesn’t do what Patrick Mahomes does considering Cincinnati’s system doesn’t undeniability for it? What, Patrick Mahomes just stumbled his way to stuff the only QB in NFL history to stereotype over 300 yards passing per game, and the only QB to overly stereotype over 8 yards per Adjusted Net Completion considering of a lack of peccancy to the offense?
Are we saying that Patrick Mahomes’ weakness is that he’s a largest freelancer than all-time unconfined football mind Andy Reid is as a playcaller?
And what are we talking well-nigh as far as consistency? Or taking off running too much? Patrick Mahomes has averaged well-nigh one rush for every ten dropbacks for the entirety of his career. The only difference between last year, and his first full year as a starter is that he’s much largest picking up yardage when he does decide to pull it and run.
If Patrick Mahomes was a liability in the pocket how is it that he’s 6th all-time in sack percentage? 120 spots superiority of Joe Burrow.
Joe Burrow literally led the NFL in sacks taken in 2021. He “improved” to sixth most this year. Patrick Mahomes wasn’t plane in the top 20.
Look, I don’t want to disparage Joe Burrow at all. He’s everything Carson Palmer said he was, outside of one thing- largest than Mahomes. But these are the type of wrestle scars you stockpile when someone holds you up as the weightier and there just aren’t any metrics out there that agree.
At the same time, I love this. It was unconfined for football when Peyton Manning was Tom Brady’s perpetual challenger for QB supremacy, but at least in that specimen there were a dozen metrics you could have made that specimen upon.
I hope this is an treatise we get to have for the next decade- but the next time we have it, there largest be some merit to it.
Let that sink in.