BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- We’ve seen what Josh Allen can do running the ball and the potential of his strong right arm but on Wednesday head coach Sean McDermott praised his leadership. Veteran’s Kyle Williams and Micah Hyde echoed McDermott saying the rookie QB has shown characteristics of a leader. Here’s how Josh Allen is approaching his role as the leader of the Bills offense.
Q: What makes a good leader? Sean [McDermott] was talking earlier today about how you’ve really stepped up as a leader on the offensive side of the ball. What do you think makes a good leader?
A: Well, one, I think knowing yourself and knowing what you’re about is the first step in being a leader. Obviously, leading by example and going out there and doing what you need to do. That’s kind of been my motto throughout my life of leading by example, not saying much, putting my head down and doing what I need to do. We’ve been talking a lot as a team and as we evolve as leaders and as this team gets older, taking those right steps in becoming a leader. That’s influencing each other, challenging each other, and in the end, being able to transform someone and be able to transform this team and put it on the right track of where we need to go.
Q: Do you feel like you’ve arrived at that?
A: No, not at all. I still think there’s a lot to do, a lot to go through. I love this team. I appreciate Coach and what he said about me, but I’m just trying to win football games. When we get 53 guys that put their heads together and go in one direction, that’s going to be a good thing. I definitely think as a team right now, we’re extremely close. I think you can pick out plays in the season, if we make these plays, it might be a little bit of a different story.
Q: Along those lines, when you first got here and you’re one of the new ones, you’re a rookie, how do you think that the steps that you went through to become a leader or how do you think you’ve grown to that aspect from day one until now?
A: Well from day one, obviously being the first selection this team had in the draft to being here in rookie OTAs, first being the leader in that group; getting those guys on board and trying to set the mindset of what I’ve talked with Coach, what I’ve talked with the vets, establishing that in the rookies and trying to put us in the right direction so when we do mix with the team, it would be seamless. I think that was the first step and then just evolving over time, like I said, leading by example, not saying much, going to work, going out during the games and do whatever I can to help this team win football games.
Q: One of the things that Coach said in the press conference [this morning] was that there was something different in you from coming out of the injury. Do you feel that way, and if so, what was it?
A: I think knowing the job of the quarterback I kind of respected and appreciated at more watching a guy like Derek [Anderson] and a guy like Matt [Barkley] to come in and be a professional and come in and really kind of transform this team. I definitely think that we were a different team before Derek got here and the presence that he’s had in our locker room and on our offense has been tremendous. Then, Matt comes in, he’s kind of the same way. They just know how to be professional quarterbacks and for me to see that, that was huge.