Ranking the AFC starting Quarterbacks: Where does Tua Tagovailoa rank?

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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 02: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots looks to pass the ball during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

12. Mac Jones, New England Patriots

“HOW DO YOU HAVE MAC JONES OVER TUA!?” “YOU CLOWN!” Yeah, yeah, yeah, say what you want, but Mac Jones has shown more in the NFL than Tua Tagovailoa has, and if I was starting a franchise today and had to pick between Jones and Tagovailoa, I am taking Jones without hesitation.

Jones has shown he can stay healthy, do what needs to be done, and manage a game to help get his team to the playoffs. He isn’t elite or anything, but he “does his job.”

Tua Tagovailoa
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – DECEMBER 26: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in action against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on December 26, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Jaguars 26-21. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

11. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars

If there was one ranking on this list that I would understand the argument against it, it would be this one. But it’s my personal list, so save your energy. I think Trevor Lawrence has all the tools to be a legitimate starting quarterback in the NFL. Everyone cries about Tagovailoa having Brian Flores; well, Lawrence had Urban Meyer…so remember, it can always be worse!

I expect Lawrence to make a massive leap in 2022 and showcase why he was the No. 1 overall pick.

Tua Tagovailoa
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JANUARY 02: Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans throws the ball during warm-ups before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Nissan Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images) /

10. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans

Ryan Tannehill, to me, is an average starting quarterback in the NFL. In the AFC, you can really see his flaws. His roster is loaded, and he holds them back. He isn’t a terrible quarterback, but he’s that guy you don’t think can ever win a Super Bowl.

Tua Tagovailoa
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 26: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during warm-up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

9. Matt Ryan, Indianapolis Colts

The 2016 NFL MVP has finally got away from the dumpster fire Atlanta Falcons. Even though the Miami Dolphins should’ve drafted him, I do always enjoy watching this former Pennsylvania high school football player throw the rock in the NFL.

Math Ryan could be Indy’s missing piece, which could rejuvenate his career.