AJ McCarron is excited about Josh Allen. Why not join him? Sure, Buffalo Bills fans might appreciate the newest intended savior for different reasons. But we can cheer for whoever wins the job even if it teaches us to be patient with green rookies.
The quarterbacks of the present and future could make us forget the past. While we may doubt either lives up to possibilities, it beats embracing low expectations.
Drafting such a raw talent gives us something to be nervous about for a couple years. Our muscles are going to remain tense for awhile, so that hopefully counts as exercise.
Brandon Beane is banking on his largest wager paying off despite many observers balking at the odds. Even a staff this optimistic may not think Allen can start from his first game. But who knows? You may be among those still surprised they grabbed him in the first place.
I’m not going to delete tweets about Allen. As with his poor decisions about what to share with the world, let’s all agree to be on our best behavior from this point forward. Those who compiled reasons why they doubted he’d be the choice don’t need to get lists framed. There’s all the difference between what you’d like and what you’ve gotten.
Allen is a project. Aren’t we all? As someone with ample untapped potential, I’m sympathetic. If he can disprove the maxim that it’s hard to fix accuracy, then Buffalo can enjoy its reputation as gutsy visionaries. It just takes throwing the ball precisely. Well, I guess that’s the tricky part.
I’ve already completely forgotten dreams of other prospects in Bills uniforms. Was that guy named Mason even drafted? I’m trying to focus on the upside, as that’s what being a Buffalo fan is about historically. Our new favorite quarterback got off to a good start by saying “Bills Mafia” twice in his nine-second introduction video.
If you’ve already donated to Andy Dalton’s foundation, consider the charities of the handful of teams that didn’t draft quarterbacks early. Aside from concerns about Allen’s transition to paid football, there will inevitably be questions about the steep price. But there’s a difference between spending a lot and too much.
I’d personally appreciate Allen putting his bionic arm to good use, as it would really help our efforts to avoid feeling broke. A good time will overtake fretting about the cost. I once went to Dublin on Saint Patrick’s Day and treasure memories of the stout-fueled pub tour adventure infinitely more than the sleep I missed.
I’m not presuming he’ll be able to cure our sicknesses by letting us touch his jersey. Today’s concerns about the first pick are a little simpler. The Mafia may fret that Allen will never be anything more than an impressive prototype. Then again, I worried the Bills would win six games last year.
I trust the staff that managed an improbable and wonderful wild card appearance more than I would, say, Buddy Nix making the same gamble.
At least they’re trying. The steadfast refusal to draft a quarterback early has been a historically curious franchise characteristic. It’s especially true considering how many times they’ve had the chance thanks to crummy previous seasons. Allen is only the fourth first-round quarterback Buffalo has ever drafted and the highest ever selected, which explains why he faces such a formidable task.
Whatever they’ve tried before typically hasn’t worked. While there’s no need to be reminded the Bills are 58 games under .500, here it is anyway. Much woefulness has followed timidity. Allen may be a calculated wager, to put it mildly. But this team has rarely excelled by playing not to lose.
It’s not that we’re guaranteed an annual Super Bowl parade now. Avoiding that EJ Manuel feeling takes effort. Still, fearing risk is a good challenge to face. The Bills strive to avoid the perils of trying to play it safe.
Those two second-round picks dealt away will be forgotten if we can finally watch proficient quarterback play. Some Buffalo fans are worried about putting too much faith in one guy while wearing Jack Eichel jerseys.
To be fair, that other Pegula club hasn’t done much with Mister Franchise. But it’s better to attempt to build around a budding superstar than compensate for not having him. It’s not the fault of the tank’s reward that management didn’t get enough for Evander Kane. Falling into Rasmus Dahlin might show that luck is what they needed most.
Who’s up for months of guessing if Allen can be molded like Eliza Doolittle? We’re crazy about something only done on 16 days per year. Forget games: it’s a relief to have gotten through the draft buildup. Welcome to May.
Time has allowed us to move from contemplating every rumor to envisioning every scenario. You may not have wanted the Bills to be the ones who saw greatness in Allen’s rawness. But you may as well try to evolve along with him.
Editor’s babble: There’s nothing quite like an article by Anthony Bialy to quell mass hysteria. We are grateful for his contributions to our blog. You can find Anthony on Twitter @AnthonyBialy.
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