Cunningham and Allen

Becker: Cunningham’s two-way dominance was the blueprint for Josh Allen’s acclaimed style


Many analysts continue to say that they have never seen a quarterback such as Josh Allen.  Allen is 6’5 and a threat in either throw a bomb down the fall or run for a first down on every play. 

The question remains though have we seen a quarterback such as Allen in the past. 

One player that should be compared to Allen is Randall Cunningham.

Cunningham played in the NFL over 3 decades spanning from the 80s into the 2000’s.  Cunningham had rare ability. At 6’4 inches tall, he also had a rare ability to make nothing out of something. 

Playing for the Eagles and Vikings he led both teams to multiple playoff berths and division titles. 

He is fourth in the NFL in rushing for quarterbacks in history.

Unlike Allen though Cunningham never received the same backing and defense of NFL analysts despite playing similar styles. 

Cunningham despite leading the Vikings to a 15-1 record and a berth in the NFC title game in 1998 was benched in 1999 in favor of journeyman quarterback, Jeff George.  

The issue of race could be why Allen has many defenders as opposed to none during Cunningham’s tenure. 

Cunningham is African American and was not appreciated during his time in the NFL. 

Allen is a great quarterback but we have seen his style of play before. 

It’s important to remember the play of players such as Cunningham who paved the way for Allen to be as aggressive as he is.


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