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Josh Allen 'badly' wants Super Bowl title for Buffalo

5/24/2023 12:22:54 PM
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In April, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen said that he has never been "as focused or locked in on football than I am right now."

That approach has extended throughout the offseason, with coach Sean McDermott taking note of Allen's mindset, saying on Tuesday, "I've seen a different Josh this offseason -- not that it was bad before -- but he's got a new sense of focus, I would say, and determination, which is good."

The quarterback's focus is set squarely on doing what it takes for the team to take a step forward and moving past the disappointing playoff losses. He also acknowledged an understanding of the team's "window" for success, Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN reports.

"I so badly want to bring a Super Bowl here to Buffalo," Allen said Tuesday, "and I just don't want anything to get in the way of allowing me to be the best quarterback that I can be for this team."

Part of what Allen is doing more behind the scenes is getting on the same page with those players as the first week of voluntary OTAs continues.

"I think communicating to our playmakers, understanding where I want them and making sure that we're on the same page. Film study, for sure. And then just diving into our playbook, knowing it inside and out," Allen said on where he has been more locked in. "And whether we've got to simplify some things or add more stuff, talking with [offensive coordinator Ken] Dorsey and again, just trying to be a part of his brain and making sure that I'm doing that on the field. And then, just knowing the concepts as well as I can, knowing where my eyes should be and understanding what the defense is trying to do, and how to exploit said defense."

McDermott also said that Allen taking his game to the next level also means being a "great decision-maker." Allen led the league with 19 turnovers in 2022 and has taken the most hits of his career over the past two seasons. While he hasn't missed a game since his rookie season, keeping Allen healthy is a priority. That extends to being smart about Allen's usage. He was second on the team with 124 rushing attempts.

"I want to give everything that I have for as long as I play," Allen said. "I'm not saying that I haven't done that in the past, but there's always new ways that I can find to get better, and not being complacent with what I'm doing on the field, understanding that there's a lot of plays that we left out there. And you know, statistically, you look at it, we were top three, four [in] offense in the league last year, and it wasn't good enough. So, just losing the playoffs isn't fun, you know?"

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