Sean McDermott remains confident in Josh Allen, offense

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The Bills only managed to score 16 points in Sunday’s loss to the Browns and that leaves them ranked 25th in the league in terms of points scored this season.

None of the teams behind them on that list have a winning record and the Bills’ lack of offensive fireworks is one of the reasons people wonder if they’ll be able to steer their way to the playoffs despite a 6-3 start to the season.

On Monday, head coach Sean McDermott said he remains confident that the offense is capable of taking a step forward over the final seven weeks of the season. He’s also confident that quarterback Josh Allen can be the leader of that effort.

“I remain confident in Josh,” McDermott said, via NewYorkUpstate.com. “When you look at what we’ve been able to do with the way he’s been able to develop in short to intermediate [throws] this year, and certainly I understand [he needs to be able to] go down the field with accuracy. And that’s where execution comes in.”

Accuracy is a major issue for Allen, who is ranked ahead of only James Winston and Marcus Mariota in that metric this season. He’ll have to show improvement during the toughest stretch of Buffalo’s schedule — they face Dallas, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and New England in Weeks 13-16 — if the Bills are going to keep playing into January.

40 responses to “Sean McDermott remains confident in Josh Allen, offense

  1. Allen isnt especially accurate but jesus christ, he is being asked to carry EVERY.SINGLE.GAME. offensively. The Bills have two decent running backs and an oline that run blocks better than pass blocks but they favour passing by a ratio of about 60/40 which is an absolutely insane philosophy with a young raw QB. Either Daboll needs mix in more running plays or they will sink, simple as.

  2. Just the facts.

    Josh Allen is 0-for-16 on balls that travel at least 30 yards.

    He has more fumbles than TD’s.

    He’s 52nd in completion percentage.

    He’s 46th in QB rating

  3. Now the Bills fanbase is slamming the coaching, remaining in complete denial that they drafted a bust QB.

    This is how they roll until the team finally cuts him and then they’ll dump on him.

    It happens every time.

    Wide right, you lose again.

  4. Sean McDermott looks like Bill Burr. It would actually explain a few things that a stand up comedian that happens to be a Patriots fan is coaching the Buffalo Bills.

  5. carloswlassiter says:
    November 12, 2019 at 7:31 am
    So by my count that makes McDermott and that guy here billsrthefuture the complete list of people who are confident in Josh Allen.”

    How many times have you been the 1st to comment on a Bills article? The 90’s must have been tough for you.

    Most Bills fans have a lot of confidence in Allen. He’s a young QB who – counting the time he was injured last year – has just over a season under his belt. Patriots fans probably don’t remember or even know at this point, but it’s pretty rare that QB’s come into the league and tear it up right away like Mahomes.

    Even the mighty Brady wasn’t really the guy he is now until a few years in, though he won a SB his 1st season starting (one offensive TD in that game, btw).

    I don’t think most of the folks who criticize Allen watch the games. He’s clearly getting better, with a line that isn’t playing that well, and a receiver corps that’s solid but has no standouts or true #1’s.

    I’m sure you think he’ll be a bust. But, you also thought the Bills would go 4-12 this year.

  6. joetoronto says:
    November 12, 2019 at 8:34 am
    Just the facts.

    Josh Allen is 0-for-16 on balls that travel at least 30 yards.

    He has more fumbles than TD’s.

    He’s 52nd in completion percentage.

    He’s 46th in QB rating
    ———————————-
    Josh Allen 2019 record 6-3
    Derek Carr 2019 record 5-4

  7. I still think the whole class will be very good – Darnold, Mayfield, Allen, obviously Jackson. Rosen is the only one who I think might not become a quality starter.

    People’s expectations now are informed by Madden & everything else. QB is a developmental position, no matter how “NFL ready” a college QB is. Fans should go back & take a look at Peyton Manning’s 1st couple of seasons (and no, I’m not comparing anyone to him).

    Allen has a great work ethic, and something you can’t teach – that 4th quarter “it” factor. He plays his best when it matters the most. I really don’t doubt that he’ll be a good one, and the Bills franchise guy for a decade+. Despite what all of the expert PFT scouts say…

  8. Wow Joetoronto/wideright the same person living moms basement doesn’t understand.
    The coaches have turned Allen into a game manager, which doesn’t a thing for his incredible talent of making defenses pay on the run.

  9. The OC is terrible. Daboll’s offenses have consistently been in the lower 5 of the league in yards and points scored since he first got an OC job until now. He consistently has a “wtf” gameplan on a week in and week out basis. The Browns pass defense is a strength so what does he do? Call 50 pass plays. The Eagles have Fletcher Cox on the interior so what does he do? Run 36 year old Frank Gore like 10 times right at an All Pro DT. They put together a good looking scoring drive here or there, but what does Daboll do? Go away from everything that was working on that drive for the rest of the entire game. It’s 3rd and 3 or 3rd and 4 so what does Daboll do? Call a play where EVERY receiver runs a deep pattern. The guy is an idiot. It’s 3rd and 3, with under 2 minutes left in the half, inside your own 30 yard line, and what does Daboll do? Call a designed run for Allen to the weak side of the OL where Allen ends up losing one of his fumbles instead of using a sure handed RB like Gore. Instead of going into halftime with a lead, they end up being down after the turnover. It’s constant, idiotic play calling week in and week out with this guy. Allen has shown improvement this year, especially in the intermediate passing game, in spite of Daboll’s play calling. He does not call plays that keep Josh in a rhythm at all. They are trying to mess up Allen’s head and they are going to ruin him if they don’t start letting him be himself while designing around his strengths. You know why Jackson is successful right now? Because Harbaugh and Roman know EXACTLY what they are doing. They are letting Lamar be himself out there while tailor making the offense around his strengths. They are not trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. I wish Buffalo had a staff that was smart enough to do the same with Allen. They need to incorporate the intermediate routes, but stop calling the designed runs and let him ad lib whenever he feels it. That is when the defense breaks down and he is the most dangerous because he can run and throws well on the move also. For the guy saying Josh has more fumbles than TD’s? Not true. He has 16 total TD’s, while having 11 fumbles, with only 3 of those fumbles being lost. Three of those fumbles have been accrued due to bad snaps. It’s really not as serious as the media and others regurgitating what the media is saying want you to believe. He also has 4 of those fumbles on designed run calls. Again, Daboll is an idiot.

  10. Can anyone name any of his receivers? The running back is 36 and they lost last week because the kicker missed 2 kicks. Accuracy and completion % are not the same thing

  11. I’m not a big fan of Daboll, but he’s not really the problem. Sure, the Bills could be calling a run heavy game that takes most the responsibility away from Allen…and then what do you have? Pretty close to the same team…a strong defense and mediocre at best offense…and even bigger questions at the QB position being kicked down the street to be answered at a later time. The good news, if there is any…you’re finding out exactly what you have in Allen before you have to give him a 100 million dollar contract extension. The team is not suddenly great if you hide Allen’s shortcomings and run the ball 60% of the time. If Allen was tearing it up, Daboll would look great. Switching out Daboll isn’t going to make the Bills a great offense. Only more talent and MUCH better production out of Allen can do that. And BTW, asking him to carry the offense EVERY.SINGLE.GAME is pretty much what every team with a legit franchise QB does! If you can’t ask that of him, then he’s not the answer.

  12. unclebluck says:
    November 12, 2019 at 9:13 am
    joetoronto says:
    November 12, 2019 at 8:34 am
    Just the facts.

    Josh Allen is 0-for-16 on balls that travel at least 30 yards.

    He has more fumbles than TD’s.

    He’s 52nd in completion percentage.

    He’s 46th in QB rating
    ———————————-
    Josh Allen 2019 record 6-3
    Derek Carr 2019 record 5-4
    **************************************
    That team stat you’ve been shamelessly using to defend Allen is changing every week and you know as well as I do that soon you won’t be able to use it anymore.

    Raiders going up, Bills going down.

  13. donkeykong85 says:
    November 12, 2019 at 7:34 am
    Allen isnt especially accurate but jesus christ, he is being asked to carry EVERY.SINGLE.GAME. offensively. The Bills have two decent running backs and an oline that run blocks better than pass blocks but they favour passing by a ratio of about 60/40 which is an absolutely insane philosophy with a young raw QB. Either Daboll needs mix in more running plays or they will sink, simple as.

    8&8parade says:
    November 12, 2019 at 10:51 am
    I’m not a big fan of Daboll, but he’s not really the problem. Sure, the Bills could be calling a run heavy game that takes most the responsibility away from Allen…and then what do you have? Pretty close to the same team…a strong defense and mediocre at best offense…and even bigger questions at the QB position being kicked down the street to be answered at a later time. The good news, if there is any…you’re finding out exactly what you have in Allen before you have to give him a 100 million dollar contract extension. The team is not suddenly great if you hide Allen’s shortcomings and run the ball 60% of the time. If Allen was tearing it up, Daboll would look great. Switching out Daboll isn’t going to make the Bills a great offense. Only more talent and MUCH better production out of Allen can do that. And BTW, asking him to carry the offense EVERY.SINGLE.GAME is pretty much what every team with a legit franchise QB does! If you can’t ask that of him, then he’s not the answer.

    Keep changes names, lets see how many you have, billswillnevermove.

  14. Just remember the same homer bills fanboys that think Josh Allen is good are the same that posted how great tyrod Taylor was hyping him as t-mobile, try to state the ej Manuel was just as good as Andrew luck and hyped up losman and Trent Edwards lol . Forgive them because bills fanboys just don’t know football

  15. Allen is just very raw and his team has overachieved. The main thing to worry about is how much he is taking, he will be another Cam Newton very soon.

  16. I’m not saying he is good or bad, but don’t the 6 touchdowns Josh Allen ran in count too? What I do know is Josh Allen is the QB for the rest of the season. A betting man would say 9-7 and a fan would say 10-6. Could go either way in my opinion.

  17. I’m was disagreeing with the person you quoted me with, smart guy…yet we’re the same poster? I also doubt my opinions are very similar to billswillnevermove, who I’m also supposed to be. I don’t seek out that posters comments so I could be wrong, but I would bet I’m far more critical of the team. I don’t have any homer bias left for them. I lost that about halfway through the drought.

  18. unclebluck says:
    November 12, 2019 at 9:13 am
    joetoronto says:
    November 12, 2019 at 8:34 am
    Just the facts.

    Josh Allen is 0-for-16 on balls that travel at least 30 yards.

    He has more fumbles than TD’s.

    He’s 52nd in completion percentage.

    He’s 46th in QB rating
    ———————————-
    Josh Allen 2019 record 6-3
    Derek Carr 2019 record 5-4
    ________________________________

    Let’s get one thing straight, “the Bills are 6-3” and it is in-spite of Allen, not because of him!

    Their D and schedule has a lot more to do with those wins that Josh does, but if they can build the D a little more and get an OL or two Josh can ride the teams coattails to a SB just like Dilfer did with the Ravens almost 20yrs ago!

  19. Steve Cunningham says:
    November 12, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Let’s get one thing straight, “the Bills are 6-3” and it is in-spite of Allen, not because of him!
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    Uhhhh, yeah, you’re wrong. Engineered the 4th qtr comeback against the Jets when down 16-3 by throwing the go ahead TD with 3 minutes remaining. Drove them down the field for the game winning TD against Cincy with under 2 minutes to go. Led them down the field on the drive that ended up winning the game against Tennessee. Josh has had the best 4th quarter passer rating of any QB in the NFL for basically the whole season. The kid is clutch. They are winning in spite of Daboll’s idiot play calling.

  20. A good qb doesn’t go down to 3 of the worst teams in the league and need to comeback. How about those 4th quarter comebacks against the eagles and pats go?!?!

  21. mz1394 says:
    November 12, 2019 at 12:12 pm
    A realist would say 8-8
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    You just might be correct. The Cleveland game was an incredibly large swing. I actually thought the Browns would blow us out, so seems to me they will be in the remainder of their games save @New England. If they do end up 8-8, at least I’ll know there will be a boy happy somewhere.

  22. If the Bills could manage more than a whopping two touchdowns a game, they wouldn’t need 4th quarter comebacks against these bottom feeder teams. How many games have the Bills won where the opponent has scored more than 20 points? And by the way, there are four quarters in every game. If you only have a good rating for one of them, that’s not an impressive stat.

  23. John Brown told reporters after the game weeks in a row he ran the wrong route at the end of the game. No one but the team would know this. Allen, being a class guy, didn’t throw him under the bus. He has reliable receivers and the rest are cadavers. Foster, who took the league by storm last season at the end has one more catch than I do. Drops, wrong patterns, not coming back for the ball are whay Allen is dealing with. A $22.5 mil TE has 4-5 catches. Sweeney would be an improvement. Andy Reid gave McCoy a “senior” week. Said “he’s not getting any younger”. Gore is years older. He started strong, but is beaten down now. Singletary isn’t built for 20+ carries a game. He needs help. Yeldon should come up. I knew Gore was out of gaswhen he couldn’t get a half yard on 3 tries against the Skins. We had to risk our QB, like KC did. Can’t keep happening. What do we have a fullback for? Isn’t he the short yardage guy? When Allen finally has the weapons Lamar has, then you will see him flourish. Any casual observer could see his obvious talents. There’s$100 mil and 9 draft picks coming, but not soon enough. Allen has been given too much too soon to carry. It wasn’t the process, but Peterman made it necessary. Still, with all these obstacles Allen is one of 3 QBs in NFL history with 20 touchdown passes and 10 rush TDs. Dak, Cam and Steve Grogan are the others. This all with 8 games left in his second year, when he didnt start the season. He added 2 more Sunday. He needs help. They are in the same boat as last season with receivers other than stalwarts Beasley and Brown. Allen is remarkable in his wins when you analyze it correctly, but dopey “fans” don’t see it. That is because
    SOMME GUY’S JUST DON’T KNOW FOOTBALL…….No matter how many names they use. It’s tough to win an argument with a smart person. It’s impossible with an ignorant one.
    I’m out.

  24. mz1394 says:
    November 12, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    A good qb doesn’t go down to 3 of the worst teams in the league and need to comeback. How about those 4th quarter comebacks against the eagles and pats go?!?!
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    He was actually in the middle of driving them down the field against the Pats when he got cheap-shotted out of the game.

  25. Dak and cam never had more fumbles than pass tds but then again you just don’t know football!!!! Also bills scoring offense is 25th in the league with a weak schedule .

  26. mz1394 says:
    November 12, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Dak and cam never had more fumbles than pass tds but then again you just don’t know football!!!! Also bills scoring offense is 25th in the league with a weak schedule .

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    And 3 of those accrued fumbles have been on bad snaps. Those are on the Center, but they don’t credit the Center with fumbles. The simple math in that tells you he doesn’t have more fumbles on his own than TD passes. The Bills scoring offense can largely be attributed to the idiot wearing the headset and holding the play sheet, his name is Brian Daboll. His offenses have been in the bottom 5 of the league in yards and points scored everywhere he has been an OC in the NFL. You could have read that the first time I posted it. 😉

  27. Knowing some guys just don’t know football, I looked up stats on Cam and Dak.
    First two seasons
    Cam:55 turnovers accd to his Wiki page.
    Dak: 30 turnovers accd to his Wiki page.
    Dak:13 fumbles
    Cam:15 fumbles.
    Some guy’s really, really don’t know football. Not at all.
    No……..
    Not at all.

  28. Cam Newton 5 fumbles 1st 2 years . Dak 3 fumbles 1st 2 years !!! But you just don’t know football!!! Do you still want to count missed field goals from 50+yards????

  29. Ummm…..”the last two years”. Duh! We were talking about “the first two years”
    Comprehension is hard. As I explained, it’s impossible to win an argument with an ignorant person. Seems to be the infinite loop you’re stuck in. No point going any further. A low brain pan, lack of common courtesy and common sense has rendered your insights to be without currency. You keep proving your lack of ability to hold your own in conversation.
    You just don’t know football, or much else it would seem.
    My good fortune you keep proving it.

  30. Josh Allen 33rd in completion percentage in 2018 , 32 in 2019. catquick says:
    August 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm
    Accuracy issue not a problem

    SOME PEOPLE JUST DON’T KNOW FOOTBALL!!!!!

  31. It reads 1st 2 years NOT last . I’m going to assume you have a kindergarten reading comprehension level. Then again you think Josh Allen doesn’t have an accuracy problem despite the FACTS

  32. Joe Toronto dedicated to the Bills. I applaud you for being the most interested fan with regards to Bills football. The time and energy dedicated to the Bills is impressive. They must be very close to your heart….. have you even been to Canada? Or are you stuck with no friends in WNY?

  33. Allen is one of 3 QBs in NFL history with 20 touchdown passes and 10 rush TDs. Dak, Cam and Steve Grogan are the others.

    ____

    What is this stat based on? Its obviously not career stats, because there are tons of guys with 20 passing and 10 rushing TDs. And its not a single season stat, because he never threw 20 tds in a single season.

    Is it based on his first 16 games started?

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