Sean McDermott would prefer Josh Allen to run less

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Bills quarterback Josh Allen had more carries (122) and more rushing yards (763) than any season in his four-year career. He had another 17 carries and 134 yards in two postseason games.

In Sean McDermott’s mind, less is more.

“Yeah, we want to evolve,” McDermott told Judy Battista of NFL Media. “We’re always trying to evolve — on the field, off the field, schematically — and in this case with Josh’s running or the amount of times that we run him, we have to continue to evolve that way and making sure we’re doing right by him by doing right by our team. So, we are going to keep a close eye on that. But the one thing we will never take from Josh is his competitive nature and spirit. So, he’s going to do it when he’s going to do it.”

Allen was only the 10th quarterback in league history to rush for at least 750 yards in a season. He was the only one of the 10 to also throw for 4,000-plus yards in the same season.

In the final seven games of the season, including two postseason games, Allen averaged nine carries per game.

McDermott wants Allen to take fewer hits.

“I don’t know if he likes to take (a hit),” McDermott said. “I don’t want to say that. That’s a better question for him, but he doesn’t shy away from mixing it up from time to time.”

17 responses to “Sean McDermott would prefer Josh Allen to run less

  1. Most of that yardage was on designed runs and you are the head coach, so….


  2. O.J. Howard, Jamison Crowder, Rodger Saffold and a 1st end Guard should help that.

  3. Then get a serviceable mid tier RB!! The crap they’ve been trotting out forces Allen to make up the difference. I can’t believe McKissic passed on them. He would have been The guy there.

  4. Who would have thought Allen would become the most feared player in the NFL. I’m sure the 6 teams before Buffalo can only wonder what might have been.
    If you disagree, then look at his ascension from season to season, starting as a runner, to the perfect passer prototype ..and now both can kill a defense using both tools. .

  5. “I don’t know if he likes to take (a hit),” McDermott said. “I don’t want to say that. That’s a better question for him,

    Wait! Have you spoken to him? Is it a question that might be important? Get the kid some help! Wake up Mr. Head Coach. It’s what winning HCs do. Take 13 seconds and learn how to be a HC.

  6. Josh Allen’s outstanding season as a rusher masked his regression as a passer. His excellent passing in the playoff notwithstanding. Allen’s passer rating, passing yards per game, completion percent, yards per pass attempt and TD passes have gone down, while his interceptions went up. Allen had 9 games with a sub 6 yards per pass attempt and his 6.8 y/a was below the NFL average of 7.1 for QBs. Maybe he’ll bounce back to his 2020 form, which could be an outlier since 3 of his 4 seasons as a passer have been below NFL averages in several categories. Allen has also taken a lot of hits.

  7. He is correct because eventually some one bigger and tougher and unseen will do what they did to Cam Newton. Bang and somethings gotta give. Running QB’s may be the flavor of the day/year but it wont last or it wont last long for the Running QB’s. He would be better off to emulate Russell Wilson – dont bowl over guys slide.

  8. Allen and Mahoney are the two QB’s I enjoy watching the most. Perhaps it’s because both are excellent at extending plays and making throws that other QB’s can’t. Last years Playoff game between Buffalo and KC is what I’m talking about. Looking forward to this year’s meeting.

  9. Kind of hard NOT to run him on 3rd and Short
    Dude is automatic. And if the RB gets stuffed from time to time. You can almost hear people say at the same time..
    Just let Allen get the 1st. Just give it to Allen

  10. Allen is fearless and usually takes what the defense gives him.

  11. They know he has to run a lot to function. It’s only a matter of time before Mr 13 Seconds gets hurt at 43 mil per.

  12. buffalobluecollarlunchbucket56 says:
    March 27, 2022 at 9:21 am
    Allen is fearless and usually takes what the defense gives him.

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    He was Buffalo’s leading rusher in the 13 Seconds Game. That’s pretty bad to have your 43 mil per year QB needing to do that.

    Wake me when an elite qb is a leading rusher in attempts.

  13. Coach sounds like he holding him back a little. The guys a true beast let him make the call to runsometimes a QB has to scramble just dont call anymore runs for him right?

  14. McDermott knows Belichick is building a defense to punish dual threat QBs like Allen. He just traded for Mack Wilson who is a fast LB that arrives with violence. Wilson knocked out Mahomes in the playoffs. Josh Allen is going to have to evolve as a pocket passer or he won’t last long.

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