Is the quarterback position the Buffalo Bills biggest red flag entering the 2020 season?
The Buffalo Bills don’t have many major question marks entering the upcoming season. However, in a recent article by Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report looking at each NFL team’s biggest red flag, the quarterback position was selected for the Buffalo Bills.
Sobleski wrote about Josh Allen and the Bills quarterback position:
"Allen must continue to improve his overall efficiency and effectiveness within the offensive structure. He can’t finish 32nd in completion percentage again or rank in the bottom half of the league in passing yards, yards per attempt, touchdown passes, QBR and standard quarterback rating while expecting to be the answer at quarterback for a squad on the rise."
While Josh Allen made significant strides in his development last year, there is certainly room to grow. As exciting it is to see Allen make some incredible throws with his arm and his scrambling ability keeps fans in awe, the stats seem to lag behind.
However, in this offense Josh Allen likely will not be at the top of the league in these categories. Even with the addition of Stefon Diggs, it is unlikely that this offense is going to become one of the top passing attacks in the league. Mainly because that is not the identity of what the Buffalo Bills are building.
Under Sean McDermott, the Buffalo Bills have become known for winning with their defense and on the offensive side of the ball it is going to be a run-heavy scheme. Last year, the Bills finished eighth in the league in rushing and the addition of Zack Moss to the backfield with Devin Singletary makes them even stronger.
If it’s not quarterback, then what is the biggest red flag?
While Josh Allen has his question marks, this roster has been built to minimize the importance of the quarterback position. If Allen doesn’t take that next step but produces like he did last year, the Bills are likely still going to be in position for another trip to the playoffs.
The Bills biggest red flag is probably on the defensive side of the ball. The first spot that comes to mind is outside linebacker and who replaced Lorenzo Alexander. The team does have A.J. Klein and Vosean Joseph as potential options but this is not a critical position because of how frequently the Bills operate in the nickel defense.
This leaves the cornerback position as probably the biggest red flag. The Bills are setting up a three-way race between last year’s starter Levi Wallace and free agent signings Josh Norman and E.J. Gaines. However, all three players have question marks and if one player doesn’t emerge as the starter, this could become a major issue for the secondary this coming season.