If we said that Tua Tagovailoa was the best quarterback in the AFC, we would be lying. He is far from the best but maybe “far” isn’t the right word. Maybe he is just not ready to be compared to the top.
Who is at the top is conjecture and where Tua ranks on this list is my opinion based on realistic statistics, winning, and performance. I believe that Tua is capable of climbing this list but he has to have a more consistent body of work. The reality is, Tua has only played in 18 games. He has only started 16. He didn’t start against the Jets in 2020 but took late game reps when Miami pulled Ryan Fitzpatrick and he didn’t start the Ravens game earlier this year.
We know he isn’t the best in the AFC so who is? It might be easier to arrange this as a top five instead of who is 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and I think that is more realistic to look at it from that angle.
The top three in the AFC to me would be Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, and Justin Herbert. Allen is looking to be a franchise quarterback but he has shown some signs of regression the last few weeks.
Herbert has an incredible arm but he too has shown some weak areas of his game and I think we can all agree that Patrick Mahomes’ season has been anything close to what he has been the last two seasons. Still, I think those three stand out as the top in the AFC.