BUFFALO (N.Y.) — The current situation Buffalo Bills It was terrible. To be exact, it was down 24-3 Tom Brady‘s Tampa Bay BuccaneersThe Bills entered the locker room at halftime, after seemingly nothing had gone right on offense.
“I think the thing that we got ourselves into was pretending like it was something secret what we're doing,” center Mitch Morse After the game, said he. “Everyone on the same page, even if it's wrong, is better than four people doing the right thing and one person doing something off topic.”
The Bills were back at Raymond James Stadium on exactly the same page. It was like a switch was flipped. Quarterback Josh AllenDespite suffering a left-foot sprain, he managed to orchestrate a 21-point comeback, with the offense looking unstoppable.
The Bills lost in overtime but that second half of Week 14 was a sign of a strong offensive run. For the rest of the season, the team averaged 32.9 yards and 412.1 yards per match (including playoffs). This is the second-highest average score in the NFL. Kansas City Chiefs.
“It definitely was a turning point and it kind of made us realize that we needed to just shift gears and really put the pedal to the metal,” tight end Dawson Knox said during the team’s mandatory minicamp. “It was go time from there.”
The Bills have a heavy schedule for 2022, which includes five playoff teams last year in seven of their first seven games. They need to increase their late-season offensive success in 2021. The offense has undergone a change, with Ken Dorsey as the new offensive coordinator replacing Brian Daboll. Dorsey will bring new elements to the offense, but there should still be continuity from years before, based upon his extensive experience in the system. Allen's QB Coach for the last three seasons was Dorsey.
“Whenever you bring someone new [from outside the organization at offensive coordinator]You're not just talking about new plays. [we] really didn't want to get into that, if we could avoid it, because of Josh in particular amongst the rest of the core that was already intact here,” coach Sean McDermott said.
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Allen will need to adapt to Daboll leaving to become the head coach. New York Giants. Daboll was Allen’s offensive coordinator for his first four NFL seasons.
“Obviously, it's going to be different,” Allen said. It's a different voice through the headset. It's an entirely different mind calling the plays. It's the same verbiage, and the protections are the same. We have changed some things about concepts and thought processes, but it is obvious.
Allen will have a variety of weapons to use to make the offensive changes. Bills agreed to a tight end O.J. Howard (Buccaneers), and large receiver Jamison Crowder (New York Jets), and drafted running back James Cook Large receiver Khalil Shakir. They want to make the offense more flexible and to allow for more creativity in the way that players are used to support Allen. The team's offseason exercises saw returning players line up in new positions and run different routes to make the offense more versatile and allow for better matchups.
Last year’s roster did not include a strong backup tight end, which limited some of the playcalls and packages they could run. Howard will change all that.
“There's gonna be so much versatility in this offense now, 12 and 13 personnel,” Knox said. “Bring us here, run the ball, spread our feet, and get us good matchups.”
Knox, 6'4″, 254-pounds, has worked hard to improve his reliability as a passer-catcher throughout his career. Allen has made Knox his go-to target downfield. Howard (6-6, 251) adds length and size to the position.
“[Howard] makes you feel small. That dude is massive,” Knox said. “He’s got a great catch radius, he runs good routes, and he's strong too.”
Crowder is a seven-year-old veteran who will be competing with the fast. Isaiah McKenzie This is the position for the slot receiver. Cole Beasley Last season, occupied. Cook should be reliable at passing catching the running back position. Cook averaged over 10 yards per reception during his Georgia college years.
“We got guys all over the field that can make some plays now,” Allen said. “And if you look at the depth from the running backs to the tight ends to the receivers and the guys have that just have shown they've made plays in the league before. And we've got some rookies that are coming along and continuing to improve and impress these coaches.”
While the Bills offense will have different components thanks to the new additions, they won’t be abandoning what’s worked in the past and been successful.
“We’ve got a core of what our philosophy is that’s worked for us,” Dorsey said. “But at the same time, you’ve got to be able to evolve in this game. You’ve got to be able to do some different things to keep defenses off balance and force them to react to you and not you reacting to them.”