After a discussion of his new venture with the Alliance of American Football, former Bills GM Bill Polian was asked for his thoughts on Josh Allen's rookie season.
Polian's response included some unprompted praise for Bills coach Sean McDermott. Here are his comments in full:
"I thought (Allen was) about as expected and I thought that the arrow was up toward the end of the year, which is a real plus. I heard Hubie Brown on a college basketball broadcast the other night and it reminded me what a sage he is. He was asked about a player that was a one-and-done guy and came into the NBA and he said, 'Well, he's got a world of talent. He’s still learning the game.' That could be applied to Josh as well. He's got a world of talent. He’s got a lot to learn.
"There’s no question that this executive and coaching team have a plan, it’s sound, they know what they're doing. Sean McDermott is unbelievable. I mean, to get six wins out of the personnel group that they were effectively forced to inherit is amazing. And there's still a lot of work to be done. I saw Brandon Beane say that the other day; he's clearly cognizant of that. But it's the right plan with the right people executing it. It's just a matter of time before they put it all together. The fact that they made the playoffs a year ago and the fact that they got six wins out of a team that probably shouldn't have been counted on for any more than three is witness to the fact that the coach coaches the living daylights out of them. He's tremendous. So stay with it. Good days are ahead."
Polian was high on Allen during the draft process, saying Allen could turn the Bills into a Super Bowl contender during the course of his rookie contract, so "about as expected" could be taken as a compliment. I don't think anyone would argue with the "loads of talent/much to learn" synopsis, either. But going out of his way to praise McDermott had to be a pleasant surprise, even if the claim about being "forced to inherit" last year's roster is a little shaky.
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