Daboll: Allen's footwork, eye control, timing all improving

The Bills' offensive coordinator addressed the media on Monday

Sal Capaccio
September 24, 2018 - 9:08 pm

Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn - USA TODAY Sports


On the heels of Josh Allen’s first-ever victory as a starting quarterback in the NFL, Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was asked to assess his rookie quarterback's play Monday when he met with the media.

“There were obviously some good things for him,” he said. “[He] was good with his reads, for the most part, and made some loose plays with his feet. [There are] a lot of things to still clean up on. I think his footwork is getting better, his eye control and getting the ball out on time is getting better, but there are some good examples, like there were last week, of some things we need to clean up. [It will] continue to be a work in progress. Make sure we don’t give him too much week to week to improve on, just a couple of things. The ball was out of our hands three times in some form or fashion, so we need to make sure we do a better job with that. [He] did a good job with leading his team and controlling the game we needed to control it.”

Allen finished the game 15-for-22 for 196 yards passing, with one touchdown and no interceptions as the Bills stunned the Minnesota Vikings 27-6 in their own stadium. He was arguably the Bills’ best offensive player all day, decisive, accurate, and athletic. His first half was nearly flawless, if it weren’t for four passes that could have been caught - two of which were flat-out dropped. Other than the four balls, Allen had only three legitimate incompletions on 18 attempts through the first half. He was also the team’s leading rusher through the first 30 minutes, with 37 yards on seven carries, averaging 5.3 yards per-run, including two touchdown runs and one leap over a linebacker that’s made every highlight reel in the country.

That same play must have had coaches gasping as their quarterback went hurdling through the air. Daboll joked with reporters that the team works on hurdling, then footwork, for five minutes each every day day, then said, “he’s a competitive athlete. He’s big, he’s strong, and obviously, we always want to throw first and run second. He’s competitive. It was a good play, we just want him to be smart with his body.

“Every play is different in it’s own right, situationally, where we are on the field. Obviously, we want to minimize the hits that the quarterback is going to take throughout the year, because that can build up some. Whether you’re in the red zone, down the field, is there a chance to take a big hit versus to not take a big hit? Those are all things you have to manage. Again, it’s a split-second decision that he is going to have to make in real time. I trust him. He’s an athletic guy; we’re not going to take that away from him. At the same time, he’s got to be smart and know when to say when.

“He’s competitive. We have a lot of competitive guys. It was third down and long and they pressured and he switched protection. He did a good job with that and saw a spot and took off. [He] competed to get a first down.”

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