Bills coaches adapting some old Jim Kelly plays for Josh Allen

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When the Bills drafted Josh Allen last year, he walked in the door carrying a symbolic weight. When a team hasn’t had a long-term answer at quarterback since Jim Kelly, seeing a new guy with a big arm and some degree of swagger naturally stirs some memories.

And since Kelly’s still nearby, and still talks to some of the Bills coaches, it’s natural that they might want to borrow from the past, to help grow the future.

Via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, Kelly talked about some recent conversations with Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey about how to maximize Allen’s gifts in his second season.

“I’ve been sitting in some meetings with the offense,” Kelly said. “Me and Coach Daboll went through a lot. And Ken Dorsey, of course, being a [fellow former] University of Miami quarterback and part of ‘The U,’ I’ve been in a couple meetings with them.”

Kelly said they talked specifically about some of the K-Gun offense concepts he ran while leading the Bills to four straight Super Bowls.

“They’ve downloaded all of our four Super Bowl seasons to see what we’ve done,” he said. “And Josh loves some of the plays that we ran. So we’re going to be, of course, implementing some of those.”

It would probably be easy to overstate the idea of Kelly becoming a de facto coach. Any staff in the league with access to a Hall of Famer would be smart to tap into that resource. And while there might be stylistic similarities between Allen and Kelly, Allen has a long way to go and so does the team in putting parts around him.

Kelly was optimistic about his chances though, saying Allen was “10 times the athlete I ever thought about being.”

“But, overall, I love what I see,” Kelly said. “I’ve been to a couple of practices. I love his arm. And probably more than just that, I love the way he gets in the huddle and talks to the players. I think I said this last year, too, but, again, I see it this year: when they run a route or they’re in seven-on-seven or team drill, they come back [after a play], he automatically is talking to the receiver they threw to or talking to another receiver you didn’t throw to.”

How much of the past the Bills implement remains to be seen. But Allen’s progress will obviously be central to their success, so it’s wise to give him as many tools as possible.

17 responses to “Bills coaches adapting some old Jim Kelly plays for Josh Allen

  1. I loved Jim Kelly in his playing days but the Bills need to let go of the whole K Gun thing, it gets brought up whenever they have a first or second year QB. It was an offense from 30 years ago and I think Allen is better suited in a system that’ll play him to his strengths, something innovative.

  2. Bills are coming, Mark it down. This kid made chicken salad with chicken crap last year and that is the mark of any really good or great qb. Can you honestly say the bills didn’t have possibly the worst roster last year ? He made defenses look silly with his running, imagine what he could do with some actual receivers

  3. Bills are coming, Mark it down. This kid made chicken salad with chicken crap last year and that is the mark of any really good or great qb.
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    Really? The Bills had the 29th ranked offense. Allen was 49th (!!) in passing % between NFL “really good or great qb’s” such as #48 Mark Sanchez and 50th Tyrod Taylor. He’s most likely a less accurate, stronger armed Ryan Tannehill.

    Good luck. I have no reason to root against his success but good golly hot take. Good luck.

  4. joetoronto says:
    June 4, 2019 at 9:02 am
    Taking tips from the 4 time Super Bowl loser, Jim Kelly.

    That’s oh so Buffalo.
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    Bills fans are excited about a QB who throws for less than 180 yards/game, more ints than tds, and barely completes 50% of his passes.

    That’s oh so Buffalo.

  5. Many of the younger coaches may not recognize these plays, but Belichick will see their alignments and know exactly what’s coming.

  6. WAS 29th. It’s a new year with new receivers. Allen will be more productive this year than last. Remember, Allen WASN’T supposed to start last year. Bills haters keep on hating.

  7. Dear Bills hater(joetoronto), Kelly was an amazing QB! I will take a HOF QB s input all day long! Go cheer for the Argonauts and please think of something constructive to add to this site, AYE!

  8. I dont care what passing plays the Bills implement I just don’t see Josh Allen becoming a good or even solid starting NFL QB. Allen is utterly terrible throwing short and intermediate passes, anything less than 15YDs or less he sucks and is an extremely scattershot passer, while under pressure his footwork and mechanics revert to a hott mess. Vis Pro Football Focus Josh Allen’s clean pocket passer rating (which is one of the best statistical markers for QB’s as young QB’s who suck even when operating from a clean market end up becoming busts 99.9% of the time.) was one of the worst among all NFL QB’s which doesn’t bode well for his future.

  9. harrisonhits2 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 10:02 am
    Many of the younger coaches may not recognize these plays, but Belichick will see their alignments and know exactly what’s coming
    ++++++++++++++
    I bet he still has the illegal tapes too right along with the tapes from their super bowl opponents pregame walk throughs and practices.

  10. It wasn’t easy to get to 4 Super Bowls and anyone that’s says otherwise is an idiot. Actually the only easy part was beating the Raiders 2x on the way there!

  11. The only thing that must stink is living in barfalo, hoping to eventually have a real NFL team and a real NFL stadium and knowing deep down that it’ll never happen and you’ll forever be the laughingstock of professional sports. Face it, jills fans, your team is the Washington Wizards of the NFL.

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