ORCHARD PARK, New York — Josh Allen voiced optimism in the Buffalo Bills’ future after the team finished the season on a similar note, falling short of another AFC title game and Super Bowl berth on Sunday night.
The Bills rallied from 6-6 to win the AFC East and go on a six-game winning streak, but their season came to an end against the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round. Buffalo failed to reach the AFC Championship Game for the third year in a row, a feat Allen had only accomplished once in six seasons.
This was viewed as a pivotal season for the Bills, as the team faces numerous questions heading into the offseason.
But Allen, 27, said he’s not concerned about the championship window closing.
“I believe in what we’ve got going on here and the people that are in charge,” he told reporters on Monday. “I believe in myself.” And that will never change.
Despite Allen’s success in 10 career postseason games — 64.6% completions, 21 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 83 rushing attempts for 563 yards, and 5 rushing touchdowns — Buffalo is only 5-5 in those games. With the latest loss to the Chiefs, Buffalo became the first club in four years to be eliminated by the same opponent since the 49ers lost three consecutive years to the Green Bay Packers from 1995 to 1997.
Allen was chosen in 2018, and only two teams have
The Chiefs and Ravens have a higher win percentage than the Bills. The Bills’ 58 regular-season wins during the last five seasons (second only to the Chiefs) are tied with the 2017-21 New Orleans Saints for the most in a five-year period without winning the Super Bowl.
Teammates in the locker room discussed how well Allen performed this season and down the stretch, and several, including the quarterback, praised coach Sean McDermott’s performance.
“All signs are still pointing up with this team,” he remarked. “I understand it feels dismal. And there will most likely be a significant amount of change. To be honest, I don’t know anything about that and can’t focus on it. I simply have to keep working hard, bringing the folks here along, and trying to get everyone to work together. And it requires an entire company… some long glances in the mirror and interactions with folks inside and outside the building simply saying, “What can I do more?” What can I improve on, and how can I learn and grow from it? That is exactly what I intend to do.”
The Bills went into the offseason with approximately $49 million over the
Questions surround, among others, 30-year-old wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who concluded the final seven games, including the playoffs, with an average of 41 receiving yards and zero touchdowns. This is the first time in his career that he has gone seven games without a receiving touchdown. Diggs is expected to incur a $27.9 million cap hit.
Von Miller, a pass-rusher who will be 35 in March and recorded zero sacks this season, will have a $23.9 million salary charge as he continues to recover from right ACL surgery in December 2022 and is still being investigated for an alleged attack on his pregnant girlfriend.
With veteran safety Micah Hyde becoming a free agent (and potentially retiring), receiver Gabe Davis announcing Monday that he plans to test free agency in March, and both cornerback Tre’Davious White (right Achilles) and linebacker Matt Milano (right leg) recovering from season-ending injuries while expected to be in the top seven in cap value, this roster appears to be in for a shakeup.
“Long road ahead, long offseason,” Allen remarked. “Got to continue to keep putting in the work and getting better in the offseason and getting together with guys and figuring out what we can do to get over this hump.”