Sean McDermott: Josh Allen certainly proved himself and what he can do

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Quarterback Josh Allen made clear strides in his third season, as Buffalo advanced to the AFC Championship Game.

Allen himself mentioned following Sunday’s loss that he proved the Bills didn’t make a mistake by drafting him. In his season-ending press conference on Tuesday, head coach Sean McDermott echoed that sentiment.

“I think he answered quite a few of the questions that were out there about him maybe from outside this building, specifically about his play. And I know that the comforting piece to me about Josh is he’s going to go back to work,” McDermott said. “He’s an extremely driven young man with a bright future and he’s done a great job leading our team this season in particular.”

In the regular season, Allen improved his completion rate from 58.8 percent in 2019 to 69.2 percent in 2020. He finished the year with 4,544 yards passing with 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also had 421 yards rushing with eight TDs and a 12-yard touchdown catch.

“There’s not a lot of teams that can answer that question and say, ‘Yes we have our quarterback,'” McDermott said. “I can tell you — and you’ve watched it — Josh Allen is a very good quarterback and one we can win with for years to come. So not getting into contract situations and all that type of jazz, but really just talking about Josh’s development this season, [it] was a huge step in our growth as a team. It was a huge step in his growth as a player, on and off the field. And I bet you if you polled anyone inside this building in particular, we’d get probably a unanimous vote that Josh Allen certainly proved himself and what he can do. Does that mean he’s perfect? No. Does that mean he’s got work to do? Yes, just like all of us.”

Now that he’s completed his third season, Allen is eligible for a contract extension. McDermott said that situation “tends to handle itself” and that he trusts General Manager Brandon Beane to take care of it.

But it’s clear at this point that a new deal for Allen is not a matter of if, but when.

14 responses to “Sean McDermott: Josh Allen certainly proved himself and what he can do

  1. He looking like the best of that draft class but I am not sold on giving him a $40M+ deal. When you do that you won’t be signing free agents like Diggs to your team anymore. The talent level will drop off around you and that is when we find how good you really are. How many QBs recently signed big deals when they looked good with talent around them but can’t carry the team once they are paid??

  2. Probably the most improved player in the league. Now if he wants to improve even further next year, he should stop turning around and running backwards 25 yards whenever he gets pressure up the middle.

  3. Lamar is the best in his draft class and it’s not even close. If Lamar had Diggs and Beasley he would have put up big passing stats too.

  4. he should stop throwing into double coverage and learn how to throw the ball away before taking a sack for a 15 yard loss.

  5. 6’5”, athletic, pocket presence, touch, accuracy, speed…he’s developed it all, and it was on consistent display all season long. The Bills ran into the angriest version of the Michael Jordan of the NFL.
    The butt kicking from the Chiefs might be the best thing for Allen, and the worst thing for the AFCE next year.
    The Bills had their faults fully exposed..some glaring…and now they are on to the draft and FA.

  6. Allen is going to win a lot of games for the Bills.

    He’s the best QB out of that draft, imo – and I don’t think the gap between him and Mahomes is that significant. I’m looking forward to seeing a few more big games w/ those 2 involved.

  7. Allen was considered a “project” when he was drafted. I’d say he’s almost a finished product at this point.
    He’s still got a few things to learn… like staying away from double coverage, not playing “hero ball” and avoiding unnecessary sacks.
    Considering that no one thought he was “pro ready” coming out of college (like Josh Rosen…har dee har har), he’s come a long way in 3 seasons. Can’t wait to see him next season after he works on his flaws some more.

  8. Please give Allen 40 mil a year which he will never win you any Superbowl and cripple the cap. One question coach. Has Diggs demand a trade yet? Was the trade worthy? Watching Diggs head exploded the other showed his true color. 🐵🐵🐵🐒🐒🐒😀😃😀🤣🤣🤣🤣

  9. Please give Allen 40 mil a year which he will never win you any Superbowl and cripple the cap. One question coach. Has Diggs demand a trade yet? Was the trade worthy? Watching Diggs head exploded the other day showed his true color. 🐵🐵🐵🐒🐒🐒😀😃😀🤣🤣🤣🤣

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