McDermott: Allen 'will remain our starter when healthy'

The Bills head coach joined Schopp and the Bulldog after the team's Week 10 win over the Jets

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November 12, 2018 - 6:24 pm

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It was a surprising outcome for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday as the offense, led by recently signed quarterback Matt Barkley, put up 41 points in a 41-10 win over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The Buffalo offense struggled to put up points and generate much offense over the course of the four prior games, combining for 33 points and going 0-4 in that stretch. However, the Bills racked up 451 yards of total offense, which included 232 yards in the air from Barkley, as well as 113 yards on the ground by LeSean McCoy. Buffalo also had a 100-yard receiving game from Robert Foster, who was just added to the 53-man roster on Saturday from the practice squad. He is the first 100-yard receiver for the Bills in 21 games when Deonte Thompson had a 100-yard receiving game last season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As for the defense, they shut down Josh McCown and the Jets offense, limiting them to just 199 yards of total offense, sacking him three times, and picking him off twice.

As the Bills head into their Week 11 bye week, the team is likely to get their rookie quarterback from injury.

Head coach Sean McDermott said in his weekly Monday press conference that Josh Allen will be the starting quarterback when he is healthy. The 22-year-old is recovering from a sprained right elbow that he suffered during the Bills' Week 6 loss to the Houston Texans.

The Bills will next play on Sunday, November 25 when they host Doug Marrone and the Jacksonville Jaguars in a rematch of the AFC Wild Card game this past season.

McDermott joined Mike Schopp and the Bulldog on Monday afternoon for his weekly visit on WGR. He reflected on his team's win over the Jets, as well as addressed the quarterbacking situation with Allen nearing his return.

Here is some of what he had to say:


McDermott on Josh Allen's readiness ahead of Sunday:

"I would say he was close. The signs started to present themselves that he would not be able to go."


McDermott on Allen's injury:

"He has had no setbacks. It has just been a natural progression of a young player coming back from an injury, and we knew we had the bye week coming up... I thought he was playing his best game of the year [at the time of the injury] and made his best throw of the season on the play he was injured."


McDermott on Barkley's role moving forward:

"I was around a similar situation in Philadelphia years ago where A.J. Feely came in and won some games for us, but when our starter was back and ready, he re-assumed his role. Josh is our starter, and will remain our starter when healthy. Though I thought Matt [Barkley] did a great job, Josh is the starter."


McDermott on potentially keeping four quarterbacks on the roster:

"There's not a whole lot of teams that carry four. We have to try and re-balance the board here as things settle down."


McDermott on the week ahead:

"Having this late of a bye week is a little unusual and unique. It has been a grind, but will be good to get a little rest."


You can listen to the entire interview below:

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