Keith Butler on Josh Allen: Usually a price to pay for QBs running the ball

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Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler has to deal with Bills quarterback Josh Allen this weekend and he knows that Allen poses a threat to his team through the air and on the ground.

Allen threw 37 touchdowns while completing over 69 percent of his passes and running for eight scores last season, so it may come down to the Steelers picking their poison. Based on Butler’s comments on Thursday, the Steelers might choose Allen as a runner.

Butler drew a comparison to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and noted that Allen doesn’t shy away from contact as a runner while saying the Steelers won’t shy away from it either.

“I hope he does try to finish his runs like a running back,” Butler said, via Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We’ll treat him like a running back. If he wants to be treated like a running back, we’ll do that, too. . . . And you don’t see Ben run as much as you used to, do you? That’s an important position. And if you are going to run the ball, that ball attracts a lot of attention in the National Football League. There is usually a price to pay. So we’ll see what happens in the game.”

Allen avoided paying any heavy prices for running the ball in 2020. The Steelers will try to start his 2021 season in a different fashion on Sunday.

19 responses to “Keith Butler on Josh Allen: Usually a price to pay for QBs running the ball

  1. The big difference, of course, is not many quarterbacks are bigger than your linebackers and your defensive ends.

  2. “. . . And you don’t see Ben run as much as you used to, do you?”

    DUDE, Ben is 39, Josh is 25….Of course you’re not going to see a man almost in his forties run as much as a young pup in his prime. When Ben was 25 he was running around all over the place. Maybe not to the extent, or success that Allen does, but we’re comparing apples to oranges here. Sounds like Butler has RUN his course in this league.

  3. Josh may not even have to run with the ball, but we know he can. He also got a lot smarter running with the football by sliding or getting our of bounds before contact. the only time he actually fights for additional yardage these days if it’s to get a 1st down or for a score. He’ll make the most of opportunities if given running lanes, but this isn’t 2018 Josh anymore out there running with the ball like a FB.

  4. Butler is saying out loud what most coaches are thinking. Hardly a dumb comment….just a refreshingly honest comment.

  5. It’s only a matter of time until those running QBs get squared up and learn their lesson the hard way. The Steelers have the best pass rush in the league, Allen will be forced to scramble a lot in this game.

  6. Did he just compare Ben Roethlisberger’s running ability to Josh Allen’s ? I am wondering if he has even watched any Bill’s film because the focus should be on stripping the ball when Allen runs. Aim for a 15 yard penalty, or a turnover?

  7. So I guess you learned from last year when Lamar Jackson total 150 yards rushing against you in 2 games. Maybe when you play them you might want to treat him like a RB instead of a punter.

  8. meanj0e says:
    September 10, 2021 at 9:14 am
    It’s only a matter of time until those running QBs get squared up and learn their lesson the hard way. The Steelers have the best pass rush in the league, Allen will be forced to scramble a lot in this game.

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    I mean, you (and lots of others) say that, but here we are 3 years into Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen and 2 years into Kyler Murray, and they’re still running. Mike Vick was still running after 10 years. The only reason the running QBs generally stop running is that they get older and slow down and it’s not worth it anymore.

  9. The key is to avoid taking big hits, like Cam Newton did.
    You can have a good running QB if he’s smart and slides or goes out of bounds.

    Pocket passers who take big hits don’t last either.

  10. Josh Allen plays with a certain level of arrogance and I think defensive coordinators are beginning to notice. Cam was doing the same thing in his prime until defenses humbled him. Take notice Josh.

  11. Don’t think butler is putting any fear in Allen,Allen has gotten smarter every year about reading defenses..Allen is going to pick apart pitts secondary and run when needed..sounds as if butler is trying to scare Allen into what butler fears..Allen embarrassing his play calling and tearing his defense into shreds!!!

  12. It really is a perfect comparison. Allen reminds me of a young Roethlisberger when he was more athletic and not afraid of contact. I think Allen sports a bit more athleticism but I think Roethlisberger had the bigger arm when younger. Allen has alot of pressure to keep this Bills train going. Roethlisberger has been here and done that for what seems like as long as Brady. Tomlin will keep this team ready even though it’s the, as of late, might Bills.

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