On the latest episode of The Ryen Russillo Podcast Russillo was joined by his co-worker at The Ringer, Kevin Clark, and they discussed the pros and cons of many of the league’s young quarterbacks. They kicked off their discussion with the Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen.
Russillo and Clark are in general agreement on Allen—he’s most likely not going to be a top quarterback in the NFL. Their arguments boil down to the fact that Allen hasn’t reached that elite level yet and there’s very little precedent for quarterbacks making a leap in their third year. Clark sites Pro Football Focus’s Kevin Cole’s recent article on whether it is likely Josh Allen and Sam Darnold have a breakout third year as evidence for this. Clark does sound more positive on Allen calling him “one of the most fascinating quarterbacks that he has ever watched.”
For all his lack of confidence in Allen, Clark, however, is a major fan of general manager Brandon Beane. Clark believes that Beane’s rebuilding job in Buffalo should be the model for all teams, more so than what Sashi Brown did with the Cleveland Browns or what the Miami Dolphins are attempting to do currently.
“The quarterback being that missing piece or outstanding piece, where if that clicks they can win a damn Super Bowl, I think that is maybe one of the top five most fascinating stories in the sport right now,” said Clark.