The relationship between Bills quarterback Josh Allen and his quarterback coach/mentor Jordan Palmer has been well-documented.
Bills fans have plenty to thank Palmer for, and maybe even more after Allen's near-perfect performance in Saturday's wild-card victory against the New England Patriots.
Palmer sent this text to Allen before the game: "So proud to know that you’ve risen to the level of being a Pro Bowl alternate!"
That's according to Peter King's Football Morning in America column on Monday.
Allen has been known to use slights – perceived or otherwise – and this very well might have been another example.
Allen and the Bills dominated the NFL's second-ranked defense in the regular season and scored touchdowns on seven consecutive possessions.
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That this Bills team plays with a chip on its shoulder is apparent. You never know where that motivation will come from.
It's hard to say Palmer knew a Bills' offensive explosion was on the horizon or a winning streak to end the regular season, but here is what he told Colin Cowherd in late December before the running game emerged.
"You’re seeing him put himself, and Daboll and whoever is dialing it up, not just make the play but make the decision on whether the play needs to be made. That’s been the growth of Josh Allen," Palmer said. "The run game is one of the answers that traditionally works, but I don’t think we’ve ever seen a quarterback like Josh Allen," Palmer said. "Would I love for him to rush for 150 yards every week? Yeah, it’d be great. ...
"But they have other answers that I don’t think other quarterbacks have right now and I think that’s going to make them very, very scary come January."