NFL Rumors: Buffalo Bills Worried About Josh Allen's Playing Style

Buffalo Bills' head coach Sean McDermott has expressed concerns about the sustainability of quarterback Josh Allen's playing style.

Although Allen's running ability is one of his strengths, McDermott believes that such a brand of football is not a healthy way to play quarterback in the league. McDermott cited data showing Allen getting hit on 66% of his down-field rushes during the 2022 season and the need to make adjustments as Allen approaches his 27th birthday.

Despite Allen's 6'5", 237-pound frame, McDermott's concerns about the long-term sustainability of Allen's playing style are not unfounded.

Allen has rushed for 3,087 yards and 38 touchdowns through five years, with an average of 5.7 yards per carry. While he can absorb a lot of punishment, McDermott fears that injuries are inevitable.

Allen acknowledges that he needs to be better in protecting himself as a ball-carrier. Still, he also believes that sometimes he needs to do what is necessary to help his team win a football game.

Veteran QB Cam Newton is a perfect example of the risks of a quarterback's punishing running style. Newton was a three-time Pro Bowler and a league MVP through his first five years but never rediscovered the same success he found in 2015. Now at 33 years old, Newton's days as a starter as essentially over, and he remains unsigned ahead of the 2023 season.

While Allen has plenty of good years ahead, his failure to adapt as a runner could alter his trajectory. McDermott wants Allen to make some adjustments to his style of play, but it remains to be seen if he will.

Allen's completion percentage has declined in the last two seasons, and McDermott believes that he needs to work on that aspect of his game as well.

Given the longevity of top quarterbacks, it is essential for Allen to take care of himself and evolve his playing style to ensure he remains effective and healthy for years to come. Photo Credit:  Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK