Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen starting Sunday proves there was never really QB competition

Buffalo Bills. Josh Allen (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Buffalo Bills. Josh Allen (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Every single year the Buffalo Bills seem to have a QB competition. Having competition is the right way to do it. However, how Allen was given the go to start, shows there was no QB battle.

The Buffalo Bills are starting Josh Allen for the third pre-season game. That is great news no matter how you look at it.

However, the way this has all happened is not just straight up because Allen earned it.

Less than a week ago, I would have told you that the Bills’ QB battle was wide open still. This could still be argued because Allen will be their third starter this pre-season game.

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However, the Bills named Allen the starter over Nathan Peterman who has played great. AJ McCarron‘s injury is also not as serious as initially thought so they didn’t have to pull the trigger on starting Allen so early in the week, they did.

But, the way Allen has been trusted into the starting role, for the most important pre-season game of them all, shows it was his job to lose the whole time.

What is fair is fair and having an open competition to decide an NFL signal caller is only fair. But, Allen might have been the guy the whole time.

This is not to say that Allen is to start Week 1, it is just to say the Bills know he is the best QB on the team.

So, yeah, McCarron is injured, but then why not just start Peterman then? The coaching staff is high on Peterman that is why they started him last year,

Also, he has been playing well. I get you can’t start McCarron because of his injury but that does not mean they had to start Allen.

He could have been in the backup role he was in all pre-season. Now, the first chance/excuse they have to justify starting him, he is going to start.

That shows the everyone involved with the decision-making wanted Allen to win the job. He has won it as of now. And if he plays well in this game, he will be the starter Week 1 in Baltimore.

So, there was still a literal competition to name the starter. The Bills, in my opinion, still went in with an open mind.

But, at the end of the day, Josh Allen gives them the best chance to win. This is not “just a rotation”, if it was, Allen would have started a pre-season game already.

The injury to AJ McCarron while very unfortunate because he will still have a role on the Bills exposes that there was never really a competition for starting QB.

Nathan Peterman has the experience to start but was always used in that relief role. McCarron while although having similar a experience, was brought in to be a well paid veteran leader capable of playing.

The starting QB position is and always was meant to be Josh Allen’s. He has not only earned it, but all that has happened around him shows that.

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The Bills are not rushing him into a starting role. They are simply using the cards they were dealt to do the inevitable: make Josh Allen the starting quarterback.