Sean McDermott on Josh Allen: How the QB goes is how the team goes

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The Bills had a long playoff drought before hiring head coach Sean McDermott and McDermott has put it to an end by leading the team to the postseason in two of his three years in Buffalo.

McDermott hasn’t led the team to a playoff victory yet, although they were on track to beating the Texans in January before a shaky fourth quarter let Houston back in a game that the Bills eventually lost in overtime. Quarterback Josh Allen was among those who didn’t rise to the occasion and McDermott suggested that will have to change for the team to make further strides.

“Most times, how the quarterback goes is how the team goes. Josh is very aware of that in his responsibilities,” McDermott told Adam Schein of Mad Dog Sports Radio.

McDermott said he thinks Allen made “significant strides” last season and wants to see him continue to “round out his game on the field” this year, although McDermott did say earlier this week that passing game development was the thing the team would miss the most without their regular offseason program in place.

27 responses to “Sean McDermott on Josh Allen: How the QB goes is how the team goes

  1. *”How the QB goes is how the team goes”*

    This is why you see most teams trying to make sure they have as strong of a QB room as possible. This assures teams that they are set up to be contenders now and in the future. The one team I don’t see setting themselves up at QB for the present, nor the future, is the Minnesota Vikings. Epic fail as always.

  2. And quite a few other teams over the last 40yrs and I will say it for the thousandth time, the Bills will only go as far as their D carries them!

  3. Here in Buffalo we all know drafting Josh Allen was a big mistake but we stay delusional and pretend everything is fine because that’s all we know how to do here.

    I wish I could leave this awful town but I’m stuck here.

  4. One QB can’t hit the ocean from the beach and the other doesn’t have the arm strength to open a can of beer.

    Oh, Buffalo.

  5. Josh Allen has two more years left on his rookie deal plus a fifth year option if the team wants to pick it up. he has time to continue to improve but at the same time the bills should consider drafting a quarterback next year if he doesn’t improve a lot. the one mistake a team should not make is over paying a so-so quarterback.

  6. Allen is a decent QB who suffers by comparison to great ones. But he can be good enough in Buffalo if they have sufficient talent around him. Every team can’t have an all-world QB. The problem will come when they have to pay him. Because even average QBs expect to be paid like Hall-of-Famers.

  7. Josh Allen is super talented, both mentally and physically, and he’s still in the infant stage of his career. The Bills have suffered through years and years of mediocre QB’s, and they finally have an elite franchise QB who is quite capable of dominating and winning multiple super bowls. The only thing standing in the way of that happening is poor coaching, and I haven’t seen anything out of McDermott that suggests he’s going to blow this golden opportunity. Great time to be a Bills fan. I’ve watched the career’s of guys like Elway, Bradshaw, Aikman, and Peyton Manning, and they all started out just like Josh Allen. In case you don’t watch a lot of football, young QB’S get better with experience. Allen is already winning, and he’ll be much better in another year.

  8. There’s no hope for Trash Allen, he sucks and that’s why he’s here in Buffalo.

  9. Must be sad being stuck in Buffalo with no friends except your 44 usernames. I kinda enjoy your pathetic attempts at humor. Carry on sad man

  10. Jake Fromm is the future and the future starts this year, I’ve had enough of Allen, it kills me is a bills fan to watch him play

  11. Thank god the Bills have Josh Allen at QB and not a crybaby like Derek Carr. By the way what happened to opportunist coach Gruden and his promise to make Nathan Petermann a starting QB in the NFL….at least he isnt a crybaby like Carr…

  12. Josh Allen is a good QB that is headed in the direction of greatness. In 27 starts Allen has 6 4th Quarter Comebacks and 8 Game Winning Drives. He has natural leadership skills, unbelievable arm talent, Is tough as nails and is great to the community… I’m glad the Bills drafted him.

  13. If Allen improves the next two years as much as he has the last two years that’ll put him smack in the middle of average QB’s in the NFL over the last decade, ENJOY that mediocrity Bills fans!

  14. And you really think you have something with Allen, then answer me this, why did the Bills draft another QB?

    I think the management knows something you fans just can’t figure out! And why did they get a downfield WR for a QB that only completes 8% of his passes over 25yds? Allen isn’t even average according to NFL stats, but hey if you’re happy with him then I’m happy for you!

  15. EJ says:
    May 3, 2020 at 10:37 am
    Josh Allen is a good QB that is headed in the direction of greatness. In 27 starts Allen has 6 4th Quarter Comebacks and 8 Game Winning Drives. He has natural leadership skills, unbelievable arm talent, Is tough as nails and is great to the community… I’m glad the Bills drafted him.
    _________________________

    And over his two year he has 2 wins against teams that made the playoffs, count em’ 2! And you think throwing the ball 70yd is arm talent, well how about the fact he only completes 8% of his passes over 25yds, that’s not arm talent, it’s the lack of it!

  16. Those that are bad-mouthing Allen appear to not know a lot about NFL history. It often takes time and the right coach/system to allow a QB to thrive.

    Troy Aikmen’s first 3 years were terrible. His first 21 years, he threw more interceptions than TDs. Result: HOF

    John Elway’s first game… 1 of 8 (12.5 percent) for 14 yards, zero touchdowns, one interception, four sacks and a passer rating of 0. From 1983 to 1992, Elway threw just one more TD than Ints. Result: HOF

    Steve Young had a terrible start to his career. Result: HOF

    I’m not saying that Allen will be a HOF player, but give the kid some time. Not every QB is a Mahomes or a Luck.

  17. For a guy who was by every account the most raw of his draft class, he’s done pretty well. No reason not to expect continued growth.

  18. 10 out of 21 posts. Quarranteen is causing brain fever in roaster poster.
    So sorry to hear, but at least it’s good for a laugh.
    “I’m stuck here”……hahahaha……. hilarious
    # one guy don’t know

  19. How many wins against playoff teams does Josh Allen have? Always judge QBs on how well they play against good teams not padding stats against bad teams. His signature win was against the Cowboys but as it turned out the Cowboys were not as good as they looked at the beginning of the season.

  20. Antonio Brown Where Are You? says:
    May 3, 2020 at 9:25 am
    Josh Allen has two more years left on his rookie deal plus a fifth year option if the team wants to pick it up. he has time to continue to improve but at the same time the bills should consider drafting a quarterback next year if he doesn’t improve a lot. the one mistake a team should not make is over paying a so-so quarterback.

    ———–

    Not sure why everyone seems to think that he has two much less three more seasons to “prove himself.”

    He was a 7th-overall trade-up pick that Beane gave up quite a bit to get. That’s not the kind of pick to whom four or five seasons is given to work out.

    He either turns into an above average QB this season or the team will move on. If they don’t make the playoffs this season McD and Beane may be in trouble too.

    Allen can start by beating a playoff team, at least while that team starts the QB that made ’em a playoff team. He hasn’t done that once yet in two seasons.

    The problem is that he cannot read defenses, which is why for the second straight season he used more time in the pocket than any QB. Not being able to read defenses is an impossible thing to overcome in the NFL. Whether he learns how to read Ds this season remains to be seen, but if he can’t, he’s not going anywhere. No team would.

  21. “And you really think you have something with Allen, then answer me this, why did the Bills draft another QB?

    I think the management knows something you fans just can’t figure out! And why did they get a downfield WR for a QB that only completes 8% of his passes over 25yds? Allen isn’t even average according to NFL stats, but hey if you’re happy with him then I’m happy for you!”

    Clearly, you only look at stat lines.

    Allen hasn’t had a ton to work with. This year, he’s going to have one of the best WR corps in the league, along with a much improved line.

    Not sure if you have watched the league for too long: the 3rd year is a key one for QB’s. Anyone who knows anything doesn’t pass judgment based on half a rookie season, or even a very good 2nd year where he led his team to the playoffs.

    This is the breakout year. And he’s going to light it up.

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