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Podcast: Why holding back Josh Allen would be a bonkers decision
Maximizing the Super Bowl window means letting Allen be himself. In full. We discuss on the Go Long Podcast.
The window is open… but how open? And for how long?
This is currently the great debate in Buffalo, NY and how best to utilize Josh Allen is central to it all. Down at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona, head coach Sean McDermott didn’t mince words in telling NFL Network he wants Allen to rein it in.
To first recap, here’s the thread from Judy Battista:
Of course, on its face, a head coach wanting his quarterback to absorb less hits makes sense. In our column last week, we pointed out the doomsday scenario. After his MVP season in 2015 — Year 5 — Cam Newton went downhill. Fast. Mainly because the hits and injuries added up.
Josh Allen is now entering Year 6 himself.
And yet, here’s thinking Allen is the past the point of no return. Maximizing this Super Bowl window means maximizing Josh Allen in full. To beat Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow and co. in the AFC, the Bills cannot water down their No. 1 weapon. Cannot ask Allen to be something he’s not. Trying to do anything else would be akin to those fourth-and-2 punts. McDermott’s comments are puzzling and potentially troublesome but, as we’ve seen years past, the ball is in Allen’s hands.
When push comes to shove and the Bills need a play, it’s his decision.
Chances are, the Bills will need those acrobatics to win.
On the latest episode of the Go Long Podcast, we discuss…
Why the Bills must let Josh Allen be himself.
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ICYMI, on the future of the Bills: