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Josh Allen says Ken Dorsey would have a job if Bills played better

Alaina GetzenbergESPNNovember 15, 2023, 5:45 p.m. ET3 minute read

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills’ decision to move on from offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey is personal on many levels for quarterback Josh Allen.

Dorsey has worked with Allen since 2019, first as the team’s quarterbacks coach. In January 2022, after another playoff elimination at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs, Allen successfully lobbied for Dorsey to get the offensive coordinator job.

Coach Sean McDermott made the decision to fire Dorsey on Tuesday after the team fell to 5-5 following Monday’s loss to the Denver Broncos. This is the team’s worst winning percentage over more than two games since finishing 6-10 in 2018.

Buffalo now finds itself out of the playoffs heading into a Week 11 game against the New York Jets, who beat the Bills in Week 1.

Allen said Wednesday that if the Bills had played better, Dorsey would still be employed.

“Without a doubt, and I take that very personally,” Allen said. “It hurts a lot to see someone you love go through a situation like this and to know that if I could have done more, if this offense could have done more, we wouldn’t have had to do anything thing like that.

“…It’s an unfortunate series of events that led to this, but, again, while you can sit here and feel sorry for yourself and sulk about what’s going on, we have a game at hand. prepare and it’s in four days, so we can’t pay too much attention to it.”

The Bills would have won against the Broncos on Monday night, but a penalty for having 12 men on the field negated a missed field goal as time expired, allowing Denver one more attempt that resulted in the 24-22 victory.

McDermott said the decision to fire Dorsey was based on what happened during the season. Quarterbacks coach Joe Brady was named interim offensive coordinator in Dorsey’s place.

“It’s obviously not a situation you want to find yourself in, especially in the middle of the season,” said Allen, who said he spoke to McDermott about why the decision was made. “I love Dorsey as a human being; he’s one of the good ones. He’s been in this room with me for a very long time.

“I feel like I owe a lot of the success I’ve had in my career to him, and he’s been a big part of it, so it’s sad to see him go. The fact is we play better as a team, we probably don’t need to make a move like that. He’s been a big part of what we’ve done here the last few years.

The Bills’ offense has played below expectations this season and has been too predictable at times, especially since Week 5. During that stretch, they went 2-4 and averaged just 20.5 points per game after averaging 34.8 over the first four weeks. Turnovers per drive increased from 12% to 21%, with Allen leading the league with 14 turnovers.

Slow starts have also been a major problem, with the Bills trailing only the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants in the first half since Week 5.

Allen expressed confidence in Brady, who he has worked closely with since the coach was hired in 2022.

“The clock is ticking on what we can do this season, and that starts this Sunday to try to turn things around,” Allen said. “It’s no secret how many wins you probably need to get to the playoffs, and we don’t have a lot more wiggle room. So we understand that.”

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