What, exactly, was Josh Allen doing on that failed lateral attempt in the playoffs against Houston?
The Buffalo Bills' quarterback explained during an appearance on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.
"It wasn’t my finest moment, but I kind of just saw him and, hell, if I would have given him a good, little pitch (tight end) Dawson (Knox) might have been able to go," Allen told co-hosts "Big Cat" and "PFT Commenter."
Allen joked that he was going to channel his "inner Reggie Bush," a reference to the 2006 Rose Bowl when the former Southern Cal running back attempted an ill-advised pitch to a teammate, leading to a turnover. The Bills got lucky when Allen's attempted pitch to Knox was batted backward out of bounds by the tight end, preserving possession. In a game full of crazy moments, Allen's lateral stood out as the most absurd.
In comments that might send a chill down coach Sean McDermott's spine, though, Allen said, he "can’t promise I’m not going to" try a lateral again.
"I don’t plan on it," he said before adding, "like, it could happen."
Like most of the 20-minute interview, Allen's comments were lighthearted. About the only time he took anything approaching a serious tone was when he discussed what the Bills accomplished in 2019 – and what the future might hold.
"You know, to kind of sit back and reflect, and to realize how young our team is, to get to 10 wins and how we did it, there is a lot of room to improve," he said. "That’s the good part for us, that we did have this type of season and we’ve still got a lot of improvement to make – a lot of places we can grow. Obviously with our offseason coming up and with our front office, they’ve been fantastic in bringing the right guys. Our locker room is pretty good right now. I’ve got a lot of guys in there that I’d kill for."
Allen was asked by the hosts about his favorite win from the 2019 season, and immediately went to a game most fans would agree with – the victory over the Cowboys.
"It being Thanksgiving, growing up watching that game," he said. "I had 30-plus people from back home there, so that one was pretty sweet. The Pittsburgh night game, that was a very cool atmosphere. To go in there, Sunday Night Football, it was the first time the Bills had been on it since 2007, I believe. To go out there and win and clinch a playoff spot that night and to get home, Bills Mafia was there at 2 o’clock in the morning, 30-degree weather, it was really, really cool."
Allen also touched on a memorable celebration, when he attempted to throw the ball out of the stadium after scoring a two-point conversion against the Miami Dolphins.
"Almost. I was like four or five rows to go," said Allen, who estimated he can throw a football about 80 yards. "It was up there. In my mind I was supposed to go probably 10 yards further and throw it from the edge of the turf. It got up there. I got a nice little fine for it."
The co-hosts joked with Allen that they would pay the quarterback's fines next season if he continued to try to throw the ball out of the stadium in celebration. Allen has a long history with Pardon My Take's co-hosts. They created the website draftjoshallen.com before the 2018 NFL Draft, and the quarterback has been a frequent guest on the show since then.