The head coach and GM have now both told the world they want their quarterback to sanitize his game. Super Bowls should be the goal. And the last thing Buffalo needs to worry about is Josh Allen.
I was on edge all season last year because other than the first few weeks- the Bills weren’t what they had been. And I don’t honestly care how many games they won because most weeks, I came away with a feeling of relief instead of victory. I strongly believe that’s because McDermott went into season listening to the outside chatter- the Bills need a run game, the Bills have to stop Josh’s risky play..... Valid concerns but not at the cost of the team’s identity. I believe McDermott has been given the freedom to steer the offense that way because he had a untried play caller who he probably was able to influence much more than Daboll. It has allowed for this uncomfortable change that I firmly believe began last season. It is alarming to me to hear both McDermott and Bean publicly chastise Josh’s playing style but is it really a surprise? Every decision last season seemed to show how they were trying to influence his play. I worry how can next season be any better?? I definitely think the team is heading in the wrong direction. And I think the proof is in the Giants successes this year. Daboll went there & continued to throw caution to the wind and as such turned a QB NO ONE believed in into a Josh light. I am not saying the Bills need Daboll- I am saying look at his success & learn from this years mistakes. Believing in your QB & letting him be him is a proven formula. Worked with Trevor Lawrence this year too. Based on the 22 season- their new improved offense- is not it.
I don’t want to see Josh’s career stunted & I understand the team protecting their investment but the goal is to win Superbowl _s! By preaching caution McBean are more likely to continue our sad SuperBowl legacy instead of creating a new one.
The point about the offensive line is really the key one here. The team's focus should first be on that.
Like Joe's comment, can see both sides. Running QBs do wear down quicker, even Lamar Jackson not sure how long he's going to be able to play like he does. But it is a weapon he has and should deploy, especially since injuries haven't really accumulated because of it yet. And indeed the team is handling this a little too publicly.
I can see both sides here. I think the shelf life of scrambling QBs is much shorter than a regular pocket passer. Mike Vick, McNabb, McNair, Cam, Dante Cullpepper, Steve Young, and maybe even Russel Wilson right now. Their careers basically stopped between 30-34. And a few of those guys didn’t start as many games because of the jail (Vick) or waiting to start (McNair/Young). I do want Josh to have the green light if a play isn’t there and he has to take off. He’s really good at that and I think he can avoid hits because he’ll have more 1 on 1 in open field. What I think they should cut down on are the designed QB runs. I don’t think those work well as they use him like a battering ram that he takes tons of shots right away. I do think the GM and coach examples are a little too heavy handed in public eye, but I do think if they want Allen playing past 2030, it’s a concern.
love this article, spot on
a great point that the opportunity is fleeting
My father had Jack Kemp in the sixties, i had Jim Kelly in the 90's and my son has Josh Allen.
would it be an overstatement to say this is a once in a generation window,