Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has long put to rest the concerns that pervaded during his rookie season,
when his struggles with accuracy and turnover issues raised questions about whether he could be a long-term starter in the NFL.
But even after two Pro Bowl season and a second-team All-Pro nod, not everyone is convinced that Allen has what it takes to put the Bills over the hump.
One NFL coach aired a concern about the Bills quarterback, telling The Athletic that he is among the second-tier of NFL signal-callers
and may not be able to fully take over a game like Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Anonymous Coach’s Concern With Josh Allen The coach participated in The Athletic’s survey of 50 coaches and executives, who collectively ranked all of the league’s quarterbacks into tiers.
While Allen ultimately ranked in the first tier — behind only Mahomes and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow and one slot ahead of New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers —
some ranked him lower. One coach shared a concern about Allen’s ability to throw out of the pocket,
which can become an issue if the Bills get a big deficit and need to abandon the run game to come back.
“I’m not sure he (Allen) can win you a game as a dropback passer consistently, which is part of the Tier 1 description,” the coach said.
“I think Allen, Lamar (Jackson) and Jalen (Hurts) all fit into that high Tier 2 category.
The running is a weapon, but if you are down two scores or 10 points, you might have an issue.”