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Bleacher Report casts a rare shadow over Bill’s QB Josh Allen

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The Buffalo Bills enter the 2022 NFL season with the highest odds of winning Super Bowl 57, and most of that hype stems from the fact that the team is built around quarterback Josh Allen, whose near-perfect performance in the playoffs set him apart status catapulted to superstardom.

Almost every analyst ranking in the league ranks Allen as the No. 2 quarterback, just behind Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes. However, NBC sports reporter Chris Simms ranked Allen No. 1 ahead of Mahomes in his 2022 prediction rankings.

“Allen is without a doubt the best quarterback in the NFL right now,” he announced June 16 via Chris Simms unbuttoned. “He’s the guy I would take in a heartbeat. No one is asked to do more for their team or wear their team more weekly than Josh Allen.”

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With so much expected of everyone, Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton predicts the 26-year-old “could fall short of self-imposed, internal or perceived expectations with a disappointing season”.

Moton wrote on Tuesday, June 21, “The Buffalo Bills offense, which is built around quarterback Josh Allen, may decline following the departure of former offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who took over as New York Giants head coach in January .”

“In 2022, the Bills have their first offensive play-caller in Ken Dorsey. He has served as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator for the past three years,” Morton wrote, citing Allen’s “realistic” comments to reporters about Dorsey last month.

“It’s going to be a learning curve for me [Dorsey] too,” Allen said. “We are humans. We are not perfect. We don’t expect each other to be perfect. But as long as we’re on the same page, which I think, and we continue to grow with that, I think we’ll be fine.

Moton surmised, “Allen could have a decent year, although his development could plateau if the offense changes. If he falls behind like Ryan Tannehill after the Tennessee Titans lost offensive coordinator Arthur Smith to the Falcons last offseason, Bills fans can forget a shot at the Super Bowl.

It should be noted that Moton does not include Allen’s recent comments on Dorsey. “It doesn’t feel like we missed a step,” the quarterback said on June 14. “The vocabulary is still the same, the protection is still the same. We swapped out a few pieces here and there with concepts and thought processes. But again, to be able to call that same play, and players know that play like the back of their hand, and it’s just our job to go out there and execute it.”

Head coach Sean McDermott loves what he’s seen in practice so far. McDermott promoted Dorsey to offensive coordinator rather than an outside collaborator and told reporters last week that the team is “light years ahead.”

Moton remains reluctant to jump on Buffalo’s hype train, even though the front office has added new weapons on both offense and the O-line to take some of the pressure off Allen.

“The Bills may not start the season red hot on offense,” Moton wrote. “If they don’t, Dorsey and Allen will have to iron out some creases to match the production rate of last year’s unit, which finished third in scoring and fifth in yards.”

On the other hand, Pro Football Network’s Dalton Miller says the most exciting thing about Allen is how much he keeps improving every year.

“The scariest thing about Allen is that he’s not done as a passer,” Dalton surmised. “He still has days when things don’t always go smoothly. That means it hasn’t reached its ceiling yet, which, as Michael Jordan would poetically say, ‘is the roof’.”

Discussion of whether Allen would be where he is without Daboll and how Daboll will fare as New York Giants head coach without an elite quarterback leading the team became a hot topic of discussion on Twitter.

Pro Football Focus analyst Sam Monson tweeted on June 16: “If it had never happened to Josh Allen, Brian Daboll’s resume would look very different. & I think it’s pretty unclear who or what was primarily responsible for Allen’s development. That’s a downer of a tweet, but I didn’t realize it until today while reviewing his career.”

NFL draft analyst Joe Marino believes the credit goes beyond Allen and Daboll. marino tweeted, “Boring answer, but I believe the person most responsible for Josh Allen’s growth is Josh Allen. He embraced the areas where he needed to improve and made it happen. Daboll, McDermott, Beane and Jordan Palmer deserve a lot of credit, but I think Josh himself gets the most credit.”

A cover 1 The sports presenter used an external example in his argument. He tweeted, “If Tom Brady never happened, Bill Belichick’s resume looks very different. & I think it’s pretty unclear who or what was primarily responsible for Brady’s development. That’s a downer of a tweet, but I didn’t realize it until today while reviewing his career.”

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“The scariest thing about Allen is that he’s not done as a passer,” Dalton surmised. “He still has days when things don’t always go smoothly. That means it hasn’t reached its ceiling yet, which, as Michael Jordan would poetically say, ‘is the roof’.”



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