Wink Martindale: Josh Allen is young Ben Roethlisberger with Dan Marino’s arm

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It will be Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale’s turn to try to come up with a way to stop Bills quarterback Josh Allen this weekend and he’s not expecting it to be an easy task.

Martindale said on Wednesday that “it’s amazing to see” how Allen’s accuracy has improved this season because it is usually difficult for quarterbacks to “shed that tag.” Allen has remained accurate and productive while throwing on the move and facing pressure, which led Martindale to compare him to a couple of more established quarterbacks.

“It’s a young Ben Roethlisberger because of his size and how he extends plays with like [Dan] Marino’s arm,” Martindale said, via the team’s website.

The Ravens faced Buffalo in 2019 and Allen completed just 17-of-39 passes, fumbled twice, and got sacked six times in a 24-17 loss. Baltimore blitzed often in that game and they’ve blitzed often this season, but Allen has thrived in those situations this season.

Martindale said “you’ve got to pick your spots,” but that a blitzing defense is “who we are” and that Allen is going to face pressure this Saturday. How he handles it will have a lot to do with who moves on to the AFC title game.

7 responses to “Wink Martindale: Josh Allen is young Ben Roethlisberger with Dan Marino’s arm

  1. Exciting days indeed for Buffalo. Comparing today’s QBs with previous ones always is fraught with danger.

    If the rules were the same, then maybe it would be more appropriate, but Marino and Kelly survived and thrived at a time when hits (especially QB hits) were expected and openly applauded (look at the old CBS NFL Today opening clips where pretty much every pay would be an ejection today) although the rules were changing even then….

    Today’s QBs are better althetes but FAR more protected (and properly so IMHO),so comparisons are kind of watered down somewhat…..

  2. Josh Allen is really Cam Newton with Ben Roethlisberger’s arm. And neither of them in the locker room or off the field, which is the highest compliment I’ve given him so far.

  3. Dan Marino’s accurate arm?

    Career completion percentage: 59.4%
    Best ever year completions: 64.2%

    Josh Allen’s completions this year: 69.2%
    Josh Allen’s career completions (including his two terrible years) 61.8%

  4. thebigzero says:
    January 14, 2021 at 10:38 am
    Dan Marino’s accurate arm?

    Career completion percentage: 59.4%
    Best ever year completions: 64.2%

    Josh Allen’s completions this year: 69.2%
    Josh Allen’s career completions (including his two terrible years) 61.8%

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    You never had the privilege of seeing Dan play in his prime did you?

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