Tuesday, September 27, 2022

49ers coach calls out Bill’s QB Josh Allen in heated press conference

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The Buffalo Bills had a rest day on Sunday as they are scheduled to face the Tennesee Titans Monday night soccerl into Week 2, but that didn’t stop the team and the way they’re using quarterback Josh Allen from becoming a hot topic of discussion.

During the first quarter of the San Francisco 49ers’ game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 18, quarterback Trey Lance ran the ball down the middle before awkwardly falling onto his right leg and suffering what head coach Kyle Shanahan described during the post-game press conference as a confirmed injury at the end of the season.

While backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo stepped in and helped the 49ers beat the Seahawks 27-7, Shanahan faced severe scrutiny for allowing his would-be franchise star to run the ball so many times. During the team’s Week 1 loss to the Chicago Bears, Lance, who is 6ft 4 and weighs 224 pounds, was the team’s leading rusher with 13 attempts for 54 yards.

During the post-game press conference, a reporter asked Shanahan how he ran the ball off the 21-yard line at courts 2 and 8, the game in which the team’s first-round pick of the 2021 NFL draft broke his ankle .

“Would it have been better if it was 2nd and 4th?” Shanahan clapped back, as reported by 49erswebzone. “There are a few options for the play. It could have been a handover. The D end went up the game. It’s the exact same game we ran three games before where Deebo [Samuel] got a 52-yarder. So there’s a lot of stuff that fits in there.”

When asked again about his calling to play, Shanahan said: “upset and irritated‘ when he brought up the Bills.

“Buffalo does this to their quarterback all the time,” Shanahan said. Per Niners nation. “It’s a pretty standard piece. It’s part of football and it’s unfortunate that he injured his ankle in the process, but it’s a normal game. You should watch out for some other people.”

While it could be argued that Shanahan was merely calling plays to capitalize on Lance’s rushing abilities, asking how often a quarterback should run the ball isn’t a criticism reserved only for the 49ers’ head coach.

This exact discussion was brought up again by several NFL analysts regarding Allen after the Bills’ win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1. Mike Florio and Chris Simms suggested it would be wise for the 26-year-old superstar to pay attention to how he protects himself on the pitch, while Yahoo! Sportscaster Jason Owens warned that Allen could end up like quarterback Cam Newton.

Owens wrote of Newton, “In each of his first five seasons, he ran the ball more than 100 times a year, with rushing totals ranging from 585 to 741 yards. At his best in 2015, he was a league MVP, leading his team to the Super Bowl. He was a Pro Bowl-level quarterback and Carolina’s best running back wrapped in a single package.”

“His performance showed signs of slowing down in 2016, a year into his MVP campaign and his sixth season in the NFL. In 2019, he admitted he had been playing through persistent shoulder issues since that 2016 season, a period of time where his downfield accuracy waned. It wasn’t just his shoulder. There have also been foot injuries, hiking boots, concussions and ankle surgeries. In 2017, anonymous team officials whispered concerns his body was about to collapse.”

However, just because a player chose a particular path doesn’t mean Allen will follow suit, and the Wyoming grad’s on-field exploits are a big reason the Bills will win the Super Bowl this year. “There’s no easy answer as Allen’s game continues to produce wins and highlights,” Owens admitted. “But it’s up to both Allen and Bills to find the right balance.”

If Allen suffered a serious injury, Bill’s head coach Sean McDermott would be questioned intensely, much like Shanahan is now. Sacramento Bee reporter Chris Biderman tweeted on Sunday: “I think it’s perfectly fair to criticize Kyle Shanahan’s insistence on managing Trey Lance and putting him at risk. We’ve seen Shanahan put together good running plays without running quarterbacks. Lance needs to develop as a passer and is now set back another year.”

Steve Berman of The Athletic tweeted“I totally understand wanting to be the next Josh Allen, but it felt like Kyle Shanahan was forcing the issue here. Allen punishes defenders. Lance just kept getting punished.”

At a performance on Kyle Brandt’s basement Last week, the host showed Allen a tweet from a fan expressing how nervous she gets every time the $258 million quarterback runs the ball himself. The tweet read: “Is it necessary for you to run in Q4 if you have 20+ points? Can you stop it, please? From the anxious Bills fan with PTSD. Go bills!”

Allen couldn’t help but smile. “Is it necessary? Absolutely not,” he said. “But it’s football and you know, things happen. We were in a four-minute drill where we were just trying to waste some time and we called game action. Gabe Davis is open late… and I was just trying to get a few yards. We call it a surrender situation. An incompletion is much worse, so I’d rather grab a sack and keep the clock ticking.

“But there was a crease, I took a half-assed slide. I climbed to the sidelines and [backup quarterbacks] Matt Barkley and Case Keenum said, “Dude, can you slide for me?” I wanted to go back and watch the tape. I did a little jump forward slide. I was touched a bit but I got down in time and didn’t take a big hit.”

During the Bills’ 31-10 win over the Rams in Week 1, the fifth-year veteran played spectacularly, notching 26 of 31 for 297 yards and three touchdown passes. He also rushed the ball 10 times for 56 yards and a touchdown.

As for pre-run protection, Allen said meanwhile a press conference on Wednesday: “I think I can do better in that regard. But given the circumstances as it was, I understand the flow of the game – I sometimes do things that are necessary for my eyes to help our team win a football game. That’s all. But at the end of the day, availability is the best skill. So, just understand that and calm down and don’t take too many hits – that’s year after year.”

At a performance on Kyle Brandt’s basement Last week, the host showed Allen a tweet from a fan expressing how nervous she gets every time the $258 million quarterback runs the ball himself. The tweet read: “Is it necessary for you to run in Q4 if you have 20+ points? Can you stop it, please? From the anxious Bills fan with PTSD. Go bills!”



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