Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly wants his beloved franchise to get Josh Allen a star running back.
Jim Kelly wants what is best for Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills going forward, forever and always.
When arguably the greatest player in franchise history speaks, you listen. Although Kelly’s playing days in Orchard Park occurred almost entirely before Allen was even alive, he knows how special this place is and what outstanding Bills football looks like when the team is firing on all cylinders. Simply put, Kelly is done with the nonsense and needs Brandon Beane’s help with this big issue.
Just go get Allen a star running back, and figure the rest of this out later. It is not that hard, y’all!
Allen is the team’s best passer, runner and all-around talent, but his style of play is not sustainable in the long-term. Do the Bills want him to have staying power in the NFL or concede to the fact he will be washed like Cam Newton was with the Carolina Panthers in his very early 30s?
If the Bills win the Super Bowl with Allen as their starting quarterback, no folding table is safe.
Jim Kelly wants the Buffalo Bills to get Josh Allen a star running back right away
This has been the elephant in the room for quite some time for Bills Mafia to come to grips with. Although it is not like Beane has not tried to get Allen a great partner in the backfield, but how do you not run the football effectively in Buffalo? What makes this even more maddening is Beane and head coach Sean McDermott did work previously with Newton and the Carolina Panthers…
Together, they were instrumental in Carolina going 15-1, winning the NFC and playing in Super Bowl 50. Even if Newton fell to pieces vs. the vaunted Denver Broncos defense, and was never really the same after that, one would think the Buffalo brass would have learned from the mistakes made in Charlotte. What makes this feel even worse is the Panthers could run the ball.
I think the Bills have maybe two more offseasons to get Allen the guy he needs or it will be too late. They have drafted players to fill that need, whether it be Devin Singletary out of FAU, Zack Moss out of Utah or most recently James Cook out of Georgia. Unfortunately, none of them have been anything close to a Thurman Thomas, let alone a Marshawn Lynch or even a Fred Jackson.
Ultimately, it really comes down to this. Allen is as big as a house, but eventually, his body will break down. It happened to Newton in his late 20s and it’s not like Ben Roethlisberger took great care of himself in his early 30s to prevent a rapid decay in the final five years of his illustrious playing career. It took a quarter of a century to replace Kelly with Allen, so don’t screw this up.
If the Bills can procure a talent to lead the team in rushing besides Allen, that would be splendid.