Buffalo Bills adapting some old Jim Kelly plays for Josh Allen
Whether he was ready for it or not, quarterback Josh Allen became in instant franchise savior when the Buffalo Bills drafted him with the No. 7 overall pick, a selection that lends itself to high expectations for a franchise that had been seeking a long-term answer at the position since Jim Kelly hung up the cleats.
Buffalo is now relying on Kelly to help develop the talented, but raw, Allen.
Don’t call him coach Kelly just yet, though.
“I’ve been sitting in some meetings with the offense,” Kelly said. “Me and Coach Daboll went through a lot. And Ken Dorsey, of course, being a [fellow former] University of Miami quarterback and part of ‘The U,’ I’ve been in a couple meetings with them.”
Kelly said they talked specifically about some of the K-Gun offense concepts he ran while leading the Bills to four straight Super Bowls.
“They’ve downloaded all of our four Super Bowl seasons to see what we’ve done,” he said. “And Josh loves some of the plays that we ran. So we’re going to be, of course, implementing some of those.”
While Kelly does not (yet) have an official role with the Bills, any team with easy access to a Hall of Famer is smart to tap into that resource.
Kelly was a fan of Allen when the Bills selected him a year ago, and continues to feel that way. He said Allen is “10 times the athlete I ever thought about being.”
While there may be some similarities between the two quarterbacks, Allen has a long way to go until he’s ready to match the production of Kelly. So, too, does the team around him.