Although the Buffalo Bills have been one of the best teams in the NFL lately, they still haven't found that one step that'll take them to the next level. Head coach Sean McDermott is already trying to figure out ways to improve in 2022 and one of those involve changes to quarterback Josh Allen's game.
McDermott spoke to the NFL Network's Judy Battista at the Annual League Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday, telling the reporter that the Bills must "evolve" next season and one way to do so is for Allen to run the ball less.
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McDermott talked about how Allen has run the ball more than expected in recent years and that cutting down on his carries will ensure that "we're doing right by him by doing right by our team." Even with limited rushing attempts, though, McDermott confirmed that he won't fully remove Allen from the run game.
"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 gonna do it when he's gonna do it."- Sean McDermott
Allen is one of the NFL's top mobile quarterbacks, accounting for 34.5% of the Bills' rushing yards in 2021. However, the issue is that he finished the season with 763 rushing yards on 122 carries, which wasn't too far off from starting running back Devin Singletary's totals (870 yards on 188 attempts).
In total, Allen has rushed the ball 422 times for 2,325 yards since he joined the league in 2018. Only Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson has more carries (615) and rushing yards (3,673) when it comes to signal-callers in that span, which further shows just how often the Bills gunslinger has carried the ball.
Fortunately, the Bills do have support in the backfield to take pressure off Allen. In addition to Singletary and Zack Moss, Buffalo signed veteran RB Duke Johnson this offseason, so there isn't an excuse for Allen to see 100-plus carries for the third straight season.
Only time will tell if McDermott's strategy will pay off in the 2022 NFL season. The Bills are currently FanDuel Sportsbook's +650 favorite to win Super Bowl LVII next year.
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