Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen blames himself for Tuesday’s firing of offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey, though he insists they are not a “broken team” and simply need to cut out the mistakes.
Dorsey was fired this week after the Bills slipped to their third defeat in four games on Monday, with Denver Broncos kicker Wil Lutz securing a 24-22 victory in Upstate New York with a walk-off field goal.
Having been touted as potential Super Bowl contenders before the season began, the Bills are now 5-5 and sit outside the AFC playoff picture.
Their recent games have been characterised by poor errors, with Monday’s four turnovers including two interceptions and a fumble from Allen.
Allen, who leads all NFL quarterbacks for picks thrown (11) and giveaways (14) this season, believes Dorsey might still have been in a job if not for his sloppiness with the ball.
Asked if he could have done more to save Dorsey, Allen told reporters: “Without a doubt, and I take that very personally.
“It hurts a lot to see someone you care about go through a situation like that and to know that if I could have done more, if this offense could have done more, we wouldn’t have had to do something like that.”
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However, with the Bills ranking third in the league for yards per play (6.0) and second in completion percentage (70.3 per cent), Allen still thinks the team have plenty going for them in the offense.
“Turnover-wise, it’s abysmal when we lose and there’s no secret to that,” Allen said. “We’re not a broken offense, we’re not a broken team.
“But the splits compared to when we win and when we lose [with turnovers] are massive. Again, that’s on my shoulders. We’ve got to be better; I’ve got to be better.”
Allen and the Bills must now turn their attentions to Sunday’s huge divisional matchup against the 4-5 New York Jets, who are breathing down their necks in the AFC East.
They then face tough trips to last year’s Super Bowl outfits either side of their bye in Week 11, taking on the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs.