At some point this upcoming football season (oh and side note, training camps start next week so the football season is in full swing here), the oldest starting quarterback in the AFC East will be Josh Allen, a ° 7 general choice only three years ago. This division is by far the newest division of starting quarterbacks in the NFL.
We looked around the league. I had to make some assumptions to do this. I assumed that Aaron Rodgers and Deshaun Watson would be under focus for their current teams, although whether or not I think Watson should be allowed to adapt (spoiler, I absolutely don’t fuck, anyway). I also assumed that Drew Lock would be the starting quarterback in Denver, that Jameis Winston would win the starting quarterback in New Orleans, and I also listed all five quarterbacks taken in the first round of this year’s draft as starters for his teams, because history shows that they will take over sooner rather than later.
After this year’s draft, the AFC East is shockingly young. Zack Wilson, the BYU player taken with No. 2 pick from the New York Jets, is 21 years old. Michael McCorkle Jones, who went No. 15 overall from Nick Saban’s Alabama to Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots, is 22. Miami is on track with last year’s No. 5 overall pick, 23 years old. Your Tagovailoa.
With an average age of 22.75 years, the AFC East is not only the youngest presumed group of signal callers in the NFL, but they are aNearly a whole dozen younger than the average NFC South. Of course, I know that former CAF East AFC Tom Brady, at his mature age of 43, pulls the division average in a few years, but NFC South has only one quarterback under the age of 25, which is the age of the oldest quarterback in the AFC East. NFC North is the only other division with only a quarterback 25 or younger.
“But Jon, what about Cam Newton?” He is not dead! “
No, it certainly isn’t. However, even if we put Cam Newton and his 32-year-old in the mix, the AFC East average still comes in at 25.25, still beating the AFC West by the youngest average age of the starting quarterbacks.
Josh Allen, who added to the quarterback rankings after the addition of Stefon Diggs to the Bills offense last season, is now the father of the division. He has his target on his back. After two decades of being the underdogs and younger brother of Tom Brady and Co., the division now crosses Buffalo. He will be considered as the veteran leader, as well as the one Wilson, Tagovailoa, and Jones have pursued. Without the division’s oldest statistician to overcome it, he now has to sit on the top of the mountain and defend the challengers.
On the other hand, it’s important to remember that Allen has only three years and 44 games of experience under his belt. While it’s easy to stare at him and say “okay, division is yours,” he’s always young, always learned, and always gaining experience.
If all four of these young quarterbacks attack each other, we may be looking at a core group of talented young quarterbacks who will compete against each other for years to come, ushering in a new era of rivalry for their fan bases to embrace. What they do with the opportunity in front of them, however, is up to them.