Josh Allen has bigger voice in Bills play calling this year

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Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll said recently that it has been “really beneficial” for Josh Allen to work as the starting quarterback for the entire offseason this year.

Daboll cited the ability to work with the same receivers all the time as one of the benefits, but Allen talked about another one when discussing how things have unfolded this offseason.

Allen was getting used to the NFL and dealing with a shoulder injury during his rookie season, which meant there wasn’t a lot of time to break down the playbook with Daboll as the year went on. This offseason has provided that opportunity and Allen’s used it to shape the offense to his liking.

“Last year, I don’t think I did enough, with everything going on — first year in the NFL and a lot of people pulling you in different directions,” Allen said, via the team’s website. “This year, I sat down with ‘Dabs’ [Brian Daboll] and went over what I like, what I didn’t like. And he’s trusting me in that mindset. If there’s a play that he wants to call, and I don’t like it, he’s not going to call it. So, it’s developing that trust.”

Tailoring the offense to Allen goes along with a slew of additions to the offensive side of the ball this offseason as things the Bills have done to try to set the quarterback up for more success in his second season. Whether he takes those strides will go a long way toward determining how the team fares in 2019.

13 responses to “Josh Allen has bigger voice in Bills play calling this year

  1. The Bills have vastly improved Allens supporting cast(OL, receiver group, TE) ,he will definitely make huge strides forward in his performance this season. The kid is smart, athletic as heck, great leader and ALL ABOUT the TEAM! The Buffalo Bills with Josh Allen as QB will be an extremely competitive team. Attention Bills haters, they are getting close!

  2. Yes, here’s his play calling: first read not there, so take off in run!

  3. Waiting for the typical haters to comment. 0-16… well who is the QB then? Who cares he isn’t accurate! etc.. I can’t wait for Allen to make then all look sillier than their comments already do.

  4. Allen is putting in the work and is all about winning. This year is gonna give Josh a lot more options and with the benefit of Mitch at Center protection should improve and give Allen much help. Great next step getting him involved in the plays calls.

  5. This kid is such a perfect fit in Buffalo. I can’t wait to see them to return to being contenders again.

  6. I’ve heard some past successful NFL QB’s say that “you can’t learn accuracy… you either have it or you don’t”…. can anyone out there name a franchise quarterback that came into the league with serious accuracy issues and learned, or was ‘taught’ to overcome them?

  7. Brownsfreak – Favre was one who wasn’t accurate to begin with.

    But way too much is made of Allen’s accuracy. These days, it’s mainly those who didn’t watch him play much last year. The Bills got some receivers who will actually catch the ball this year, and a line so he has more than a second to throw.

    Bills found their guy. They and the Jets are poised to fight it out for the division in the years ahead.

  8. BrownsFreak51 says:
    I’ve heard some past successful NFL QB’s say that “you can’t learn accuracy… you either have it or you don’t”…. can anyone out there name a franchise quarterback that came into the league with serious accuracy issues and learned, or was ‘taught’ to overcome them?

    Many QB’s have improved their accuracy after coming to the NFL by working on mechanics and footwork with NFL coaches.
    Brett Favre had a 52% comp rate in college / 62% in pros.

  9. Bash the Bills as much as you like (JoeToronto). But they are doing all the right things to try to put a good team together. Time will tell if they are successful.

  10. Most players that come into the league with poor accuracy do not improve in the pros. Tighter windows, faster speed of play. Allen had a very poor OL and supporting cast. But most of his success was with big runs or a big deep throws. His ability to throw on timing and in the middle the field is still questionable. He has a huge arm and is very physically gifted, but there are countless QBs drafted with strong huge arms that are not accurate.

    Based on college numbers, and early pro numbers–Baker Mayfield is vastly more accurate at all phases of the passing game. Not just completion but where the ball is placed. Even on placement Allen did struggle at times–and his WRs bailed him out.

    Interesting to see if he can make the jump or not. Even EJ Manuel looked good running the ball and throwing as a rookie…for a little while

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