Ex-NFL Quarterback Carson Palmer: Bengals Joe Burrow Is Better Than Chiefs Patrick Mahomes

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Retired Pro-Bowl quarterback Carson Palmer is claiming that Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow is the best quarterback in the NFL, even better than the reigning MVP Kansas City Chiefs QB, Patrick Mahomes.

Palmer, who was selected first overall by the Bengals in 2003, has made headlines with his recent comments on the podcast “The QB Room” hosted by his brother, Jordan Palmer. During the podcast, the former Cincinnati Bengals QB praised Burrow for his consistency and accountability in running the system and plays called. He contrasted this with Mahomes, who he claims sometimes takes matters into his own hands when his receivers don’t get open.

Palmer heaped praise on the young QB, stating that Burrow has no weaknesses and is mentally strong, physically tough, accurate, can throw it far enough and fast enough, gets the ball out quick, and can do a lot with his legs. His endorsement of Burrow was unexpected given the high regard in which Mahomes is held by most NFL analysts and fans.

I think Joe is the best quarterback in the league. I know Patrick [Mahomes] is phenomenal, but I just think Joe’s more consistent. He’s more consistent. He’s more accountable to run the system and the play that’s called and not feel like, “Well, he didn’t win last time and get open for me, so I’m gonna do it with my feet,” and then before you know it, you’re sacked for a four-yard loss because you tried to make two or three guys miss. Joe is just… talk about not having a weakness. Mentally strong, physically tough, accurate, can throw it far enough, fast enough, gets the ball out quick, and then he can actually do a lot with his legs.

Mahomes was named the league MVP in 2022 and has been among the top quarterbacks in the league for the past few seasons. However, Palmer’s opinion on Burrow could be influenced by his ties to the Bengals organization, where both he and Burrow started their careers.

The debate over who is the best quarterback in the league has been a hot topic for years and is likely to continue for some time. Palmer’s comments have sparked more conversation and debate, with fans and analysts weighing in on whether or not Burrow is indeed the best quarterback in the league.

Burrow has been a standout the past two seasons, throwing for 10,912 yards including the playoffs with 86 total touchdowns. He led the Bengals to the Super Bowl in the 2021 season after beating Mahomes in Kansas City in the AFC Championship game. Mahomes returned a favor in 2022 by beating Joe at home in the AFC Championship game.

Palmer’s comments could be seen as high praise for the young QB, who is still early in his career. If Burrow continues to play at a high level and lead the Bengals to success, it is likely that more people will start to consider him as one of the best quarterbacks in the league.