When watching Josh Allen operate on the gridiron, it doesn’t take much to see the Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl quarterback plays with a reckless style that leads to plenty of oohs and aahs. Unfortunately, it also leads to moments where the Bills Mafia can’t help but grimace, like when he charges head-first into a pile at the goal line, putting his body on the line for his team.
While Allen’s simply making the ultimate sacrifice, trading his potential health in an all-out effort to carve out a win for the Bills, these risky moves come at a cost.
Sure, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound QB is much more built for such collisions than, say Kyler Murray (5-foot-10, 207 pounds), everyone agrees that if Allen can find a way to avoid such contact, both he and the Bills would be better off in the long run.
It’s a fine line between giving it your all in the heat of the moment with the game on the line or living to see another down. But if Allen someday suffers a serious injury, there won’t be time to look back and make adjustments, as it will be too late.
So how about getting ahead of the potential problem by making some subtle changes to his playing style?
The 26-year-old MVP candidate recently opened up about some possible alterations we could see to his gameday approach.
Specifically, Allen mentioned being more cautious in the open field, where he should look to slide instead of fighting for extra yardage.
It’s not the first time we’ve heard members of the Bills organization stressing the importance of having the face of the franchise on the field instead of nursing an injury on the sidelines.
Back in March, coach Sean McDermott mentioned he didn’t feel Allen’s play style was a “healthy way to play QB in the NFL,” while noting injuries are inevitable.
Basically, don’t expect Allen to stop scrambling or taking on defenders completely, as that will always be a part of his game as one of the best dual-threat QBs in football, but perhaps we’ll see him think twice before lowering his shoulder to take on a similar-sized defender near the sideline in the future.