Josh Allen was short on apologies and promises on Wednesday in attempting to put behind lingering frustrations of his four-turnover dud that cost the Bills in a season-opening loss at the New York Jets two days earlier.
The only way the quarterback can prove he’s better is not through words, but rather by looking ahead and focusing on Buffalo’s home opener against the Las Vegas Raiders (1-0) on Sunday.
“As a quarterback in this league, the best ones are able to kind of put this behind them and take away lessons from it and not let it affect how they play the next game in a negative way,” Allen said. “I let it get away from me this last game and I’m not going to let it affect me going forward.”
And the sixth-year player wasn’t trying to be funny when noting this wasn’t the first time he’s thrown three interceptions in one outing, before adding it might also not be the last.
By identifying the aggressive tendencies that make him one of the NFL’s top dual threats as a passer and runner, and at the same time one of the league’s leaders in committing turnovers, Allen believes he can finally avoid putting himself and the team in difficult situations by understanding when to press and when to ease up.
“It’s a double-edged sword. I get away with it a lot of times, and sometimes I don’t and it hurts us,” he said. “That’s a learning process that takes a long time. And Year 6 in this league, I should know better when to do that. Now I got to go out there and prove that.”
One week into the season, and the three-time defending AFC East champions are attempting to avoid a crisis in confidence stemming from their franchise player unraveling in a 22-16 overtime loss on Monday night.
It was an outing in which Allen threw three interceptions and lost a fumble in a game Buffalo squandered a 13-3 halftime lead, and lost on Xavier Gipson scoring on a 65-yard punt return.