Buffalo Bills: Confidence level in the QB position in 2019
The Buffalo Bills aren’t without some questions at the quarterback position, but things are better than they were a year ago.
The Buffalo Bills entered the 2018 season with one of the most inexperienced quarterback rooms ever assembled.
The team traded AJ McCarron, leaving Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen to fend for themselves. This was not an ideal strategy and things are different in 2019.
ESPN.com recently featured a piece that went through all 32 NFL teams and created a confidence index for every quarterback situation. So for example, the Philadelphia Eagles are No. 1 on the list thanks to having two great quarterbacks on the roster.
It shows how confident teams are, or should be, in their quarterback situation. The Bills show up near the bottom at No. 25 overall.
Here is some of what was said about the team’s situation:
"Somewhat like Lamar Jackson‘s rookie season, Josh Allen’s first year was a tricky one to evaluate. He seemed to make more noise as a runner than as a passer, in part because of the Bills’ tremendous shortcomings at offensive line and wide receiver."
This ranking makes sense, even if it frustrates Bills fans. Josh Allen showed some positives, but is still an unknown heading into his second season. Both of his backups are essentially mentors, so if he went down it’s not like a Nick Foles is ready to step in.
This is still better than where the team was a year ago.
The goal is for Allen to be the starter for the next decade and beyond, and it is natural for there to be questions about him after only one season. The good thing this year is that he has two veterans behind him to mentor him throughout the offseason and then through the season.
He won’t be on his own trying to learn the ways of the NFL.
Any team with a second-year quarterback is going to have some concerns, no matter how the player performed as a rookie. Bills fans can rest easy knowing a great support system is in place for Allen as he now gets a full offseason to prepare as the starter.