As former University of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen heads to the AFC Championship game with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, it’s fun to look back at all the so-called football experts who predicted doom for the Buffalo Bills when the organization drafted him in 2018.
A video posted on social news aggregator Reddit on Thursday captured some of those remarks — none of which are flattering to the 6-foot, 5-inch quarterback who was the seventh overall draft pick in 2018.
Although some predicted he would be a bust (IE: Josh Rosen), the quarterback instead steadily grew better and better and better.
This past season, Allen’s third, he is considered one of the top quarterbacks in the league and in the MVP conversation.
What did the talking heads say about him in 2018?
“Josh Allen is awful, beyond a shadow of a doubt,” Outkick’s Clay Travis said. “The dude has major issues with throwing the football.”
“Carson Wentz is Josh Allen except way better,” Colin Cowherd said. Ironically, Wentz was benched this year while Allen improved his passing accuracy to fourth-best in the NFL.
“Disaster is coming for Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills,” said an unidentified commentator. “I think Josh Allen is terrible. They would have been better off with Tyrod Taylor.” (Taylor, by the way, holds a clipboard).
Another broadcaster predicted Allen was “at best” a sixth-round draft pick while a goofy-looking Cleveland Browns sportscaster said Allen would be “a total bust”.
Meanwhile, Allen — only in his third year — holds franchise records in Buffalo for passing touchdowns in a season (37), total touchdowns (45), completion percentage (69.2), quarterback rating (107.2), and ESPN’s QBR statistic (81.7).
After being drafted, Allen humbly thanked the Bills organization and said his goal was to “make them look like the smartest people out there.”
Mission accomplished, Josh.
If you are a Josh Allen fan, this video is definitely worth watching.