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Former All-Pro claims these 2 QBs are better than Patrick Mahomes

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There are things in life that people never tire of. Put your feet up after a long day, spending time with friends and family, discussing which NFL quarterback is the league’s class.

Joe Montana or Dan Marino? Peyton Manning or Tom Brady? Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson? Patrick Mahomes or—

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback has earned this honor over the past few seasons with an MVP award, a Super Bowl title, three Pro Bowl nicks, and consecutive Super Bowl appearances. Even so, some believe Mahomes may have been outdone recently.

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In a current segment of ESPN’s first take, former all-pro linebacker Bart Scott was asked if Mahomes is still the best in the NFL, and the analyst came up with one viral response.

Scott’s short answer might have been, “No, I don’t think so,” but he went on to get a couple of shots at the Chiefs superstar. First off, the analyst said Rodgers was better in 2020 and the veteran won the MVP, so that’s not the boldest claim, even if you’d rather have Mahomes in the long run.

“The pound-for-pound list is fluid,” said Scott, “it doesn’t always stay the same, it’s leased, it doesn’t belong.”

He continued: “[Mahomes] inherited a great team that stood in their window and he has tremendous talent around them. The league is about marriages, right? It’s about who you go to, who your coach is, who your coordinator is, and he has the best offensive coordinator, the best head coach. And when you look at Josh Allen you think about his relationship with Brian Daboll and build around him and will get Stefon Diggs but I think right now Lamar Jackson is the best show for my money and the best quarterback in the league, because [of] that – Lamar Jackson is more responsible for productivity than any of these other quarterbacks. Not only is he her best running back, [but] he’s the best thrower of the ball too, and you can look at the skill positions and say that Hollywood Brown wouldn’t start on any of those other units we’d consider … doing, and he proved he did on Monday night the best show in town is … he does more with less than any of the other quarterbacks we look at pound for pound … I think it’s Lamar Jackson, then I’ll go number two with Josh Allen. “

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There’s always a lot to pack after Scott skips one of his storied swearwords, but his main point is that Jackson doesn’t have the guns that Mahomes and the other QBs have. However, this argument has some shortcomings.

Jackson was matched with offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who once led (and almost won) a Colin Kaepernick-led offensive to the Super Bowl. In addition to being a top-notch coach, he’s probably the perfect situation for a player with the skills of the Baltimore Ravens quarterback. The 2019 MVP has also been blessed with a strong offensive line throughout his career to date that benefits his skills as a runner.

Now Mahomes is definitely fine too, with Andy Reid, Eric Bieniemy, and an abundance of guns to choose from, but let’s not pretend Jackson doesn’t have anyone. Mark Andrews is a top five tight end, Hollywood Brown is a former first-round pick (even though Scott doesn’t respect him), and we mentioned the O-Line earlier.

Here’s another fact, Jackson doesn’t have to make the worst defense in football every week, and neither does Allen, who currently has the best of both worlds with a stacked roster around him. The timeliness bias may require the Chiefs champion to have different names, but let’s not forget who wears the crown.

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