The AFC West was already loaded with quarterbacks before Russell Wilson arrived. Where does the 11-year veteran rank among the other AFC West QBs?
The 2022 NFL season is set to be one of the most competitive seasons in recent history. The AFC is absolutely loaded with stars, and as many as 13 different teams could all have genuine arguments for making the playoffs. Oh, and the Denver Broncos acquired Russell Wilson, which makes things even more fun.
The NFC is much less competitive, with only a handful of teams being legitimate contenders.
However, all eyes will be on the AFC this season.
Within the AFC, the AFC West is perhaps the best division in all of football. Each team has a shot to win the division, and each club boats All-Pro level talent.
This first piece will kick off a series of articles I’d like to do on the positional rankings within the four AFC West teams.
Naturally, we’ll start with the quarterbacks.
Between Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, Russell Wilson, and Derek Carr, the AFC West not only may have the best division in football, but also the four best quarterbacks in any given division.
While the best quarterback in the division isn’t up for much of a discussion, there is room to debate the second, third, and fourth-best in the AFC West.
Where does Russell Wilson rank among AFC West QBs?
4. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
I think it’s a safe bet to peg Derek Carr as the fourth-best quarterback in the AFC West. This is obviously not a knock on Carr–he’s a baller who has consistently torn the Denver Broncos up.
He’s also the longest-tenured quarterback in the entire conference.
Carr signed an extension this offseason, so it seems like the Raiders do not plan on moving on from him.
In 2021, he led the Raiders to a 10-7 record and a playoff berth.
While his stats are never usually eye-popping, he’s always been able to produce year after year.
The big knock on Carr is his 57-70 regular season record. However, he’s been the reason why the Raiders have been able to win the games they have.
Carr’s record doesn’t reflect his skill–the Raiders have usually had very weak rosters up until the last few years.
I’d expect the Raiders to have a winning record again this year, but all signs point to them being fourth in the division.