Tyrann Mathieu: When Josh Allen runs, we have to treat him like a running back

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Bills quarterback Josh Allen played the best game of his career last week when the Bills thrashed the Patriots 47-17 in the wild card round.

When it comes to this week’s opponent, there’s plenty of familiarity with Allen’s skill set. Sunday will mark the fourth time in the last two seasons that the Bills and Chiefs have met. Kansas City won both matchups last year, including the AFC Championship game. But Buffalo won the Week Five matchup 38-20 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Though Allen completed 84 percent of his passes for 308 yards with five touchdowns in last week’s win, he also rushed six times for 66 yards. Allen’s just as much of a threat to run as he is to throw, which is one of the elements Kansas City’s defense is focused on to stop.

“I think he’s a great athlete,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said in his Thursday press conference. “He’s obviously a guy that can make all the throws, and any time he’s using his legs, it seems like it’s to his advantage. So, it obviously adds extra pressure on the guys that are covering, but it also adds pressure on the guys that are rushing him just to stay in their lanes and not let him break containment and get into open field.

“But I think anytime he decides to tuck and run the ball, we have to treat him like a running back and treat him like one of these wide receivers where all 11 guys have to pursue and get to the ball. I think it’s going to be one of those games where we’re going to have to tackle him, and we’re going to have to tackle him well.”

Mathieu noted that it can be deflating when the defense initially has things covered on a play but Allen still runs for positive yardage.

“But he gets paid. He’s going to make his plays,” Mathieu said. “I think this is one of those games that even when those guys make their plays, we just have to go to the next play. We can’t necessarily dwell on the things that they’re doing well. It’s all about what we do and how we respond and react.”

21 responses to “Tyrann Mathieu: When Josh Allen runs, we have to treat him like a running back

  1. Hopefully he means gang Tackling Allen,
    And not lowering the helmet like running backs normally get.
    Also, by refusing to not go down easily, he opens himself up to getting speared. Just be smart, take what you can get, and get down or OB

  2. Too bad the refs will still treat him a QB and throw a flag for any marginally violent hit.

  3. Allen can be a game wrecker. Just ask the Patriots. He’s very hard to bring down if he finds a seam, and last Saturday night, he found lots of them. He’s everything you could want in a quarterback. An upset wouldn’t surprise me at all.

  4. “… we have to treat him like a running back…”

    Yes, Tyrann…yes, you do…Allen (and all running quarterbacks) need to be treated like a running back when they tuck the ball and run…however as Foriosnuts says above, there is a real risk the referees will still throw a flag for roughing the passer…today’s defenses are stuck when it comes to playing defense…

  5. The bad thing is Tyrann tackles like a kicker. Either avoids contact all together, or jumps on their back and goes for a ride for 5 extra yards.

  6. Good luck Tyrann. He’s a big dude. Chances are you’ll treat him like Deion Sanders treated ball carriers and run away.

  7. Anyone who has watched Josh Allen run the ball this year knows that he’s been making the right call. If his team needs a critical 1st down, he’ll go get it. Other then that, he’s sliding or getting out of bounds. So if they wanna treat josh like a rb…remember he’s a 6’5 240+ bruiser.

  8. If you watch Mathieu closely, you will see him watching teammates do the tackling

  9. billsmafia772
    Only problem with your advice on Josh being more careful, is that he is the engine that makes the offense go. They have shown that without his running they simply can’t run the ball. The can only run the ball effectively when: A) Josh is taking off and gashing them. B) When Josh is effectively throwing the ball. Only AFTER that can them seem to run the ball with their backs.
    I hate to say it, but if Josh Allen does NOT get a few huge runs in for first downs against the Chiefs, and then try to just run conventional Run and play action passing, they are going to lose.
    As Josh Allen goes (running) so go the Bills. He is JUST that crucial to their success.

  10. dejadoh says:
    January 21, 2022 at 10:00 am
    Wait until the Bills return the favor with Mahomes and “tackle him well”.

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    Exactly. If I had to pick one to survive, it wouldn’t be Mahomes.

  11. “They have shown that without his running they simply can’t run the ball.”
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    Singletary has been excellent for the past 4-5 games, and the O-line has improved dramatically since the 1st half of the season.

    They still rely on Allen’s running a bit too much, but the running game is not just him anymore. I expect the Bills to add more to it in the offseason, as well. They know what they have w/ Allen, and I think it’s likely that he’ll need to run less as time goes on.

  12. Josh Allen is a younger Cam Newton. Throw it all over the field, run over people then showboat. Kansas City defense will have their work cut out for them.

  13. Wait? In Honey Badger committing to tackling now? This would be a welcome development!

  14. dejadoh says:
    January 21, 2022 at 10:00 am
    Wait until the Bills return the favor with Mahomes and “tackle him well”
    ……………………………………………………………………

    The difference is Mahomes doesn’t run as much as in the past and won’t take on defenders like Josh does. Josh is a beast at 240lbs and not afraid to lower his shoulder into a defender. PM will get his yards then slide or get out of bounds when a defender is getting close. Whether he’s been told to do that or figured it out on his own, he avoids hits as much as possible when he runs. So good luck with that….

  15. dejadoh says: January 21, 2022 at 10:00 am Wait until the Bills return the favor with Mahomes and “tackle him well” …………………………………………………………………… The difference is Mahomes doesn’t run as much as in the past and won’t take on defenders like Josh does. Josh is a beast at 240lbs and not afraid to lower his shoulder into a defender. PM will get his yards then slide or get out of bounds when a defender is getting close. Whether he’s been told to do that or figured it out on his own, he avoids hits as much as possible when he runs. So good luck with that….

  16. The problem with trading him like an RB, is he runs like a FB with RB speed. He will knock you out, not the other way around.

  17. Mathieu is stealing money from KC! May be the worst defensive player in the league. He avoids contact like it’s his job!

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