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12 minutes ago, C.Biscuit97 said:

1) that was a lot of work so I salute you

 

2) 49% in junior college, 56% in college, and 52% in the nfl.  When does the lack of accuracy ever become Allen’s fault?  I’m sorry but the guy is a top 10 pick and the highest drafted qb in Bills history.  At some point, can we stop blaming everyone else?

 

3) Barkley and Anderson, dime a dozen Street FAs, came off the street and both completed 60% of their passes with the same terrible wrs.  The 60% was higher than their career average.  

 

4) Eric Ebron was considered a bust in Detroit.  He gets with Luck and has a pro bowl season.  Did he suddenly get better?  Or does Luck throw a more catchable football?  This is a thing posters overlook.  As a receiver, you don’t always watch to catch a 95 mile per hour fastball.  This league is about touch.  What separates qbs like Mahomes and Allen, both who have rocket arms, is Mahomes has great touch on his passes.  Allen hasn’t shown that.

 

allen is very exciting but the excuse making is getting old.  He isn’t that accurate.  Accept it.  He needs to improve.  Hopefully the regime that traded for Benjamin and Matthews and drafted Zay over JuJu And Kupp (plus the 2 undersized guys that weren’t good this year) will suddenly figure out how to evaluate wrs.  But no matter how many excuses you make, 52% is terrible. 

I don't know, when do you finally realize completion percentage is not the same as accuracy?

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1 minute ago, oldmanfan said:

I don't know, when do you finally realize completion percentage is not the same as accuracy?

You’re reaching.  

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Just now, C.Biscuit97 said:

You’re reaching.  

No I'm not.  I have explained this concept more times than I can count.  And the OP does a good job of explaining it as well, accounting for things like throw aways, etc.

 

You have no concept what the term accuracy means.  And saying I'm reaching proves it.

 

I agree Allen has to improve.  But drop the banal accuracy stuff based solely on completion percentage.

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38 minutes ago, Captain Murica said:

 

Just did the quick math on that. 

 

If the WRs caught 50% of those 35 drops. He'd be at 58% completion rate for the year. If they caught 75% of those 35 drops, he'd be at 61%. Which isn't a stretch by any measure with a solid WR/TE core. Plus, it'd be nice if they had more throws into the flat for him. Those numbers are a huge jump and more respectable which would have made him second out of the rookies. We need to grab some guys with hands in this off-season via the draft and FA. 

 

Wow, that's stunning. I'm surprised that the results of 35 throws would tilt the statistics that much. Of course every receiving corps has drops but I agree that catching the majority of those particular 35 throws is not too much to ask. 

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39 minutes ago, C.Biscuit97 said:

1) that was a lot of work so I salute you

 

2) 49% in junior college, 56% in college, and 52% in the nfl.  When does the lack of accuracy ever become Allen’s fault?  I’m sorry but the guy is a top 10 pick and the highest drafted qb in Bills history.  At some point, can we stop blaming everyone else?

 

3) Barkley and Anderson, dime a dozen Street FAs, came off the street and both completed 60% of their passes with the same terrible wrs.  The 60% was higher than their career average.  

 

4) Eric Ebron was considered a bust in Detroit.  He gets with Luck and has a pro bowl season.  Did he suddenly get better?  Or does Luck throw a more catchable football?  This is a thing posters overlook.  As a receiver, you don’t always watch to catch a 95 mile per hour fastball.  This league is about touch.  What separates qbs like Mahomes and Allen, both who have rocket arms, is Mahomes has great touch on his passes.  Allen hasn’t shown that.

 

allen is very exciting but the excuse making is getting old.  He isn’t that accurate.  Accept it.  He needs to improve.  Hopefully the regime that traded for Benjamin and Matthews and drafted Zay over JuJu And Kupp (plus the 2 undersized guys that weren’t good this year) will suddenly figure out how to evaluate wrs.  But no matter how many excuses you make, 52% is terrible. 

I think there's a difference between excuse making and seeing a healthy combination of potential and progress. The potential is obvious but we also saw progress. Especially with touch and recognition

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22 minutes ago, oldmanfan said:

No I'm not.  I have explained this concept more times than I can count.  And the OP does a good job of explaining it as well, accounting for things like throw aways, etc.

 

You have no concept what the term accuracy means.  And saying I'm reaching proves it.

 

I agree Allen has to improve.  But drop the banal accuracy stuff based solely on completion percentage.

Love how you didn’t dispute one of my points.  Why are Anderson and Barkley, after like a week with the team, more “accurate” than Allen?  Or that having a rocket doesn’t mean you throw a catchable football?

 

if Allen was on any other team, we would laugh at him and wonder why a team took such an “inaccurate “ qb that high.  He seems like a hard worker and is very exciting.  But despite all the excuses, he is going to need to be a more accurate passer next year. 

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1 minute ago, wakingfane said:

I think there's a difference between excuse making and seeing a healthy combination of potential and progress. The potential is obvious but we also saw progress. Especially with touch and recognition

I can definitely agree with that, I think towards the end of the season he placed a little more touch on certain throws. Definitely not perfect, but progress was made from his early starts in the season. 

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3 minutes ago, wakingfane said:

I think there's a difference between excuse making and seeing a healthy combination of potential and progress. The potential is obvious but we also saw progress. Especially with touch and recognition

Well, he certainly was drafted because of his potential.  All the skills are there.  But I think some of you need to watch some of the touch passes these last 4 qbs make.  It’s a different level than Allen currently has. 

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This was a pleasant surprise. I assumed accuracy was going to be lazily equated with completion percentage. Thanks to OP for putting in the time and making a nice contribution to the board.

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20 minutes ago, C.Biscuit97 said:

Well, he certainly was drafted because of his potential.  All the skills are there.  But I think some of you need to watch some of the touch passes these last 4 qbs make.  It’s a different level than Allen currently has. 

Agreed. I just see a natural physical awareness, intuition, and intelligence on field that I believe will lead to continued growth in that area and others. And I agree with the OP that accuracy technically is not the issue. It's precision and touch, which are easier to fix and/or work with. This is not an EJ Manuel / JP Losman level project.

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Statistics don't apply to Josh. 

They haven't for years, why start now? 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, TheElectricCompany said:

We already know where this is heading. 

 

Josh Allen & statistics do not matter. They haven't mattered for years. 

 

 

I expect to see a six point jump in completion percentage next year.. related to improvement mostly in areas other than "accuracy"...

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The OPs point isn’t necessary. 

 

We dont need to do these. 

 

This is the kinda crap you write to try and convince yourself that your awful QB, EJ Manuel, really isn’t that bad. 

 

I dont need these stats. I don’t need next gen stats. “Stats are for losers.” 

 

I saw Allen. He passed the eye test with flying colors. No need for paralysis by analysis with him. He’s got it. And I don’t need stats to tell me that. 

 

 

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30 minutes ago, C.Biscuit97 said:

Love how you didn’t dispute one of my points.  Why are Anderson and Barkley, after like a week with the team, more “accurate” than Allen?  Or that having a rocket doesn’t mean you throw a catchable football?

 

if Allen was on any other team, we would laugh at him and wonder why a team took such an “inaccurate “ qb that high.  He seems like a hard worker and is very exciting.  But despite all the excuses, he is going to need to be a more accurate passer next year. 

Why did the two other guys have higher percentages, and one for just one game?  Because they are veterans and see the field better and get the ball to guys quicker when they're more open, is the likely explanation.  Which has nothing to do with accuracy.  Nothing.  At all.  And I did say that Allen certainly needs to improve.  Touch is one of those things he can improve upon.

 

You are the typical guy out there that slavishly latches onto one stat with no comprehension of the variables that can affect such a statistic.  You also are the typical one who does not understand the difference between being accurate and precise.  When people complain about someone not being accurate, what they are really complaining about is that someone is lacking being precise together with being accurate.  I have gone over this several times on the board, but folks like you don't want to become educated on it because it would interfere with your predetermined conclusion.

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2 minutes ago, The_Dude said:

 

I saw Allen. He passed the eye test with flying colors. No need for paralysis by analysis with him. He’s got it. And I don’t need stats to tell me that. 

 

 

I think there's room for both.  I am with you 100% on the "eye test" part of things.  Leadership, talent, moxie -- he's got it all.  I also think stats have their place.  The one thing I haven't seen a lot of people talk about is the fact Allen started this process behind the 8-ball.  He was not groomed at an early age to be a QB, and we've seen how poorly he was coached at Wyoming.  From what I can tell the kid has literally only had about a season and a half's worth of coaches working specifically on his mechanics and the art of playing QB.  And look how far he has come!

 

The sky is the limit for this kid, and I think we're all going to be pretty pleased with what the future holds.

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9 minutes ago, wakingfane said:

I expect to see a six point jump in completion percentage next year.. related to improvement mostly in areas other than "accuracy"...

 

I expect a jump too, although not as high. It would be pretty unprecedented to have a QB surpass his NCAA completion percentage within his first four seasons. 

Who would have thought that a QB who had poor NCAA stats would have poor NFL stats? 

Doesn't matter .... Josh is beyond statistics. 

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Just now, oldmanfan said:

Why did the two other guys have higher percentages, and one for just one game?  Because they are veterans and see the field better and get the ball to guys quicker when they're more open, is the likely explanation.  Which has nothing to do with accuracy.  Nothing.  At all.  And I did say that Allen certainly needs to improve.  Touch is one of those things he can improve upon.

 

You are the typical guy out there that slavishly latches onto one stat with no comprehension of the variables that can affect such a statistic.  You also are the typical one who does not understand the difference between being accurate and precise.  When people complain about someone not being accurate, what they are really complaining about is that someone is lacking being precise together with being accurate.  I have gone over this several times on the board, but folks like you don't want to become educated on it because it would interfere with your predetermined conclusion.

You’re the guy (and I do get why and I used to do it too) that ignores years of statically evidence because you want to believe Allen isn’t inaccurate.

 

While there are are plenty of cases of inaccurate colleges qbs getting drafted high and busting, ill point to one who ended up with a borderline HOF career. McNabb had a very good career and I’d gladly have Allen come close to his level.  But he struggle with throws that stopped him from becoming a consistent top 5-10 guy.  And it wasn’t because of lack of arm strength.  He would skip screen passes. He would sail 10 yards passes.  

 

There is so much more  to be an accurate qb.  It’s throwing to guys in space and putting touch on a ball to let them catch and run.  Allen is basically a fastball pitcher right now.

4 minutes ago, eball said:

 

I think there's room for both.  I am with you 100% on the "eye test" part of things.  Leadership, talent, moxie -- he's got it all.  I also think stats have their place.  The one thing I haven't seen a lot of people talk about is the fact Allen started this process behind the 8-ball.  He was not groomed at an early age to be a QB, and we've seen how poorly he was coached at Wyoming.  From what I can tell the kid has literally only had about a season and a half's worth of coaches working specifically on his mechanics and the art of playing QB.  And look how far he has come!

 

The sky is the limit for this kid, and I think we're all going to be pretty pleased with what the future holds.

I agree with a lot of your post. I’d also like to point out that Allen’s coach at Wyoming was Carson Wentz’ college coach. 

27 minutes ago, wakingfane said:

Agreed. I just see a natural physical awareness, intuition, and intelligence on field that I believe will lead to continued growth in that area and others. And I agree with the OP that accuracy technically is not the issue. It's precision and touch, which are easier to fix and/or work with. This is not an EJ Manuel / JP Losman level project.

Imo, touch passes are tougher for strong arm qbs than bombs.  EJ actually threw a nice deep ball when he just let it rip.  He then tried to aim the ball on shorter throws.  JP was great on deep balls and sucked on the short throws.  

 

Allen has natural arm talent and has relied on it for so long.  But those touch passes or taking something off a football are harder for a guy like that than someone like Brees, who doesn’t have a cannon.  

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4 minutes ago, C.Biscuit97 said:

 

I agree with a lot of your post. I’d also like to point out that Allen’s coach at Wyoming was Carson Wentz’ college coach. 

 

 

I don't think college head coaches do much developmental work for QBs.  It's up to whomever they have as OCs and QB coaches.  I think there was a lot lacking at Wyoming in this department.

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Thanks for doing the hard work to quantitate what a lot of us saw while watching the games.  Allen does not have accuracy problems.  In fact after coming back from his injury he repeatedly demonstrated exceptional accuracy AND touch.  What he needs to work on are his footwork/mechanics in certain situations and to better read defenses both before & during a play.  Given his intelligence & work ethic this should be something he can accomplish in the off season.

 

And for the record until Allen has check down skill position players that are a threat to break a 5 yard dump pass into a 15 yard gain (see McCaffrey or Gurley) Allen would be better advised to throw the ball downfield.  I suspect that the kids attitude will always mean his percentage completion numbers will suffer a bit as he favors making the longer throws.  I'm more interested in seeing Allen's yardage per completion go up then his percent completion rate go up.

 

Watching Mahomes in the playoffs has only reinforced my opinion that when throwing the ball Allen actually resembles the KC gunslinger.  Now I know that's sacrilege to a lot of posters here but Mahomes succeeds because he puts the ball where his skill players can make a play.  Remember the 2nd & 18 play where Mahomes hit Kelce across the middle for a 17 yard play against Indy?  On that play the ball was low & out in front of Kelce but he made the catch.  Now think back to the Jet's game where this board argued over a couple of pages that Clay didn't drop the pass but that Allen needed to make a perfect pass.  IMO the pass that Allen threw to Clay in that game was better then the one Mahomes threw to Kelce.  My observations were that a lot of Allen's throws were more then good enough. 

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Just now, CincyBillsFan said:

Thanks for doing the hard work to quantitate what a lot of us saw while watching the games.  Allen does not have accuracy problems.  In fact after coming back from his injury he repeatedly demonstrated exceptional accuracy AND touch.  What he needs to work on are his footwork/mechanics in certain situations and to better read defenses both before & during a play.  Given his intelligence & work ethic this should be something he can accomplish in the off season.

 

And for the record until Allen has check down skill position players that are a threat to break a 5 yard dump pass into a 15 yard gain (see McCaffrey or Gurley) Allen would be better advised to throw the ball downfield.  I suspect that the kids attitude will always mean his percentage completion numbers will suffer a bit as he favors making the longer throws.  I'm more interested in seeing Allen's yardage per completion go up then his percent completion rate go up.

 

Watching Mahomes in the playoffs has only reinforced my opinion that when throwing the ball Allen actually resembles the KC gunslinger.  Now I know that's sacrilege to a lot of posters here but Mahomes succeeds because he puts the ball where his skill players can make a play.  Remember the 2nd & 18 play where Mahomes hit Kelce across the middle for a 17 yard play against Indy?  On that play the ball was low & out in front of Kelce but he made the catch.  Now think back to the Jet's game where this board argued over a couple of pages that Clay didn't drop the pass but that Allen needed to make a perfect pass.  IMO the pass that Allen threw to Clay in that game was better then the one Mahomes threw to Kelce.  My observations were that a lot of Allen's throws were more then good enough. 

We had one of the best rbs in the nfl to check down too. McCoy was really, really good before last year.

2 minutes ago, eball said:

 

I don't think college head coaches do much developmental work for QBs.  It's up to whomever they have as OCs and QB coaches.  I think there was a lot lacking at Wyoming in this department.

A coach at UND and Wyoming had 2 top 10 drafted qbs in 3 years.  I think he deserves some credit for that.  

 

I do do get what you’re saying about developing qbs in college however.  But wasn’t one of the pluses about Allen is that he played in a pro system in college?

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6 hours ago, IgotBILLStopay said:

Great analysis OP. Thanks.

 

I doubt any reasonable argument that Allen is good will ever be accepted by the national media. They are all heavily invested in the narrative that Allen is a bust.

 

i dunno, i hear podcasts giving him props for potential

 

the media 100% laughed themselves nearly to death over Bills fans convinced Anderson was gonna put pain in the Pats in his big comeback

 

 

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Just now, C.Biscuit97 said:

We had one of the best rbs in the nfl to check down too. McCoy was really, really good before last year.

But he lost a step which is hard to blame on Allen.  And maybe next year McCoy can get back to where he was as recently as 2017.  And it's not just the RB's we're talking about here.  TE's play a crucial role in providing outlets for QB dump offs.  While I think Crooms can develop into a moderate to deep threat receiving TE the Bills desperately need a big blocking TE that can release as the QB is flushed out of the pocket for the dump off.  Funny how ALL four of the championship teams have this kind of player. 

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2 minutes ago, C.Biscuit97 said:

A coach at UND and Wyoming had 2 top 10 drafted qbs in 3 years.  I think he deserves some credit for that.  

 

I do do get what you’re saying about developing qbs in college however.  But wasn’t one of the pluses about Allen is that he played in a pro system in college?

 

Good recruiter?  :lol:  I don't know if you can even give him credit for Allen -- nobody recruited him.

 

I think it was viewed as a plus that Allen wasn't exclusively shotgun so he knew how to take a snap.  But watching highlights, it seems as if the play call was typically "Josh, run around and try to make a play."

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1 hour ago, C.Biscuit97 said:

1) that was a lot of work so I salute you

 

2) 49% in junior college, 56% in college, and 52% in the nfl.  When does the lack of accuracy ever become Allen’s fault?  I’m sorry but the guy is a top 10 pick and the highest drafted qb in Bills history.  At some point, can we stop blaming everyone else?

 

3) Barkley and Anderson, dime a dozen Street FAs, came off the street and both completed 60% of their passes with the same terrible wrs.  The 60% was higher than their career average.  

 

4) Eric Ebron was considered a bust in Detroit.  He gets with Luck and has a pro bowl season.  Did he suddenly get better?  Or does Luck throw a more catchable football?  This is a thing posters overlook.  As a receiver, you don’t always watch to catch a 95 mile per hour fastball.  This league is about touch.  What separates qbs like Mahomes and Allen, both who have rocket arms, is Mahomes has great touch on his passes.  Allen hasn’t shown that.

 

allen is very exciting but the excuse making is getting old.  He isn’t that accurate.  Accept it.  He needs to improve.  Hopefully the regime that traded for Benjamin and Matthews and drafted Zay over JuJu And Kupp (plus the 2 undersized guys that weren’t good this year) will suddenly figure out how to evaluate wrs.  But no matter how many excuses you make, 52% is terrible. 

Completion % is just one stat and it can be easily manipulated by a play caller to boost a quarterback’s stats if that is their primary goal. But the primary goal is to win games and taking advantage of what Allen does well is what any offensive coordinator should do in order to best win the game at hand. 

 

There are some things that Bills fans should just accept with Allen: (1) He likes to push the ball down the field and is willing to make difficult throws and his air yards will always be near top of league (2) He is likely to never be a great short pass quarterback as he does not have a lot of natural feel for the quick game and screens (maybe he can make some modest improvement in this area because he does not do it that often) and (3) he will likely end up being an average at best touch passer. These limitations/decisions  will likely result in a sub 60% completion rate for most of his career. But that’s not a death sentence. 

 

Look at it this way: Allen goes 1 for 2 for 10 yards and a first down. Mariota goes 2 for 2 for 10 yards and a first down. Both achieved first downs and both get a new set of downs. One qb pushed the ball down field and the other chose to take 2 check downs to get the first down. Both reached the desired goal so who is to say what method was wrong. 

 

Allen might be compared more to a Newton type rather than a Drew Brees or Tom Brady. Both are athletic and power throwers. There are differences for sure between them but they are similar traits (running threats, big arms with the ability to make explosive plays down the field). Long story short is let’s not try and make Allen into something he is not (a precise short/quick game passer). Take advantage of what he does well and that just may mean making big chunk plays with his legs and arm. 

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1 hour ago, C.Biscuit97 said:

49% in junior college, 56% in college, and 52% in the nfl.  When does the lack of accuracy ever become Allen’s fault?

 

Completion percentage still doesn't equal accuracy. And that doesn't mean Allen is blameless. If he doesn't take an easy checkdown or he misreads the field, his completion percentage will suffer for reasons that have nothing to do with accuracy but are nevertheless his fault. The point of the OP isn't that Allen is a perfect QB, it's that his accuracy concerns are overblown.

I stick by what I've said - Allen will never improve his accuracy significantly from where it is now, but it is already good enough. What he needs to improve is his ability to read the field and make quick throws. He was less accurate than usual in the final game but he had over a 65% completion anyways because he made good reads and his receivers didn't drop the ball. He had one of his most accurate games against Detroit but finished around 50% completion. It isn't as simple as that.

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