Brandt: People are crazy to tell Josh Allen not to run

NFL Network's Kyle Brandt joined One Bills Live on Tuesday

Louie DiBiase
November 20, 2019 - 1:18 am

Kyle Brandt from Good Morning Football on NFL Network joined John Murphy and Steve Tasker on One Bills Live on Tuesday to discuss what the Buffalo Bills have to do to ensure they punch their ticket to the postseason.

One factor in Buffalo's recent success has been the play of quarterback Josh Allen and how he's utilized his strength as a runner more. This was a theme of the entire conversation on Tuesday afternoon. 

"For anyone around the country that watches red zone, every time they go to the Bills game, it feels like Josh Allen is rushing for a touchdown," Brandt said on WGR. 

Featuring Allen as a runner has been a focal point of the Bills' top-ranked red zone offense in 2019. The second-year quarterback has rushed for seven touchdowns this season in just 10 games. While he is just one rushing touchdown behind his rookie total, Allen hasn't made the same highlight reel runs outside of the red zone that he did as a rookie. 

If Buffalo wants to make a late-season run, Brandt believes Allen shouldn't hold back on scrambling. 

"I always go back to when Michael Vick was on his ascension in the early years with the [Atlanta] Falcons and there was a crowd of people saying don't run," he said. "I'll never forget John Madden being like, 'it's Michael Vick. God put him on this world to run.'"

Allen has just 15 less attempts in two less games this season compared to his 2018 total, but his 331 rushing yards is 300 less than last year. 

Of course, more runs in the open field can lead to more hits. Is it worth a potential injury risk? 

"He doesn't do it as recklessly as he did when he came into the league," Brandt said.

"Sure, be careful, be smart, but somebody is crazy if they say don't run as much he is great at it." 

Allen's mobility has been a key element in wins for the Bills over the last two years. Buffalo is 7-2 when he has at least nine rushing attempts. 

You can listen to the entire segment below:

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