Peyton Manning opens up about mentoring Bills’ Josh Allen
Buffalo Bills rising third-year quarterback Josh Allen may be the next face of AFC East quarterbacks following the departure of former New England Patriots future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. One way to make his mark on the division once fertile for Brady’s two-decade-long domination? Training from Brady’s longtime nemesis, Peyton Manning.
“So I’ve done a few Zoom calls. I did the Buffalo Bills quarterback room meeting. Did the Los Angeles Rams full team meeting. Did the Bears quarterbacks,” Manning said.
“To me, that’s what you have to do. The coaches shouldn’t lead everything. Josh Allen seemed real excited about that,” Manning said.
It’s unclear if the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback is continuing his mentorship of the former seventh-overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. But Manning came away from his experience seeing Allen as a bright pupil ready to learn.
Allen tossed over 3,000 passing yards for 20 touchdowns and a 58.8 completion percentage in 16 games during his sophomore campaign in 2019. In addition, he rushed for another 510 yards and nine touchdowns. Allen also led the Bills to their second postseason berth in three years—an AFC Wild Card Round defeat at the hands of Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans.
Despite a promising start to his NFL career, Allen still has a lot to learn. And it makes sense Manning is teaching him given the former Indianapolis Colts gunslinger’s own past difficulties in the playoffs early in his career.