6 Former Buffalo Bills who would thrive on the 2019 roster
By Avery Duncan
Jim Kelly – Quarterback
Second-year starter Josh Allen could be in this position on a similar list twenty years from now, but as he stands, he’s far from Jim Kelly level. Despite not wanting to be in Buffalo–and subsequently playing in the USFL–Kelly not only carved out a home in Western New York, but he also cemented his legacy as the best quarterback to ever wear the blue and red.
Playing 11 seasons for the Bills, Kelly started four Super Bowls by conducting arguably the best hurry-up offense ever in the K-Gun. Though never the one to post gaudy stats, Kelly was an efficient quarterback years before the efficiency-laden passing explosion of the 2010s. He knew when, and how, to take games over, and was the master of pre-snap audibles and adjustments.
Other than the Houston Gamblers, Kelly didn’t take a snap with any NFL team outside of Buffalo. During his time as a Bill, he threw for 35,467 yards to 237 touchdowns to 175 interceptions. In 1990, he led the NFL in passer rating with 101.2, by having 24 touchdowns to nine interceptions. He finished his career as a five-time Pro Bowler and a 1991 All-Pro and walked into the Hall of Fame.
In an era where you beat a defense pre-snap more than ever–via motion, hurry-up tactics, adjustments, and audibles–Kelly would thrive. Luckily, he’s now healthy (congratulations!) and attempting to help develop the future at the position. In the off-season, Kelly has sat in on film room sessions with Allen to study his thought processes in-game and the K-Gun.
So, maybe this one could turn into reality?