Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is off to a blistering start to the 2020 NFL season, and he can attribute that to the offseason work he put in with a couple of former quarterbacks – including one Tony Romo.
Allen sought the former Cowboys quarterback and current CBS announcer at the Super Bowl in Miami this year for advice, according to NBC Sports’ Peter King, and the two developed a relationship this offseason.
“I didn’t do anything,” Romo told King on Monday. “Really. Believe me. This is him.”
Allen has the Bills atop the AFC East at 3-0 and has thrown 10 touchdowns to one interception while completing 71.1% of his passes for 1,038 yards – an average of 346 yards per game. He also has two rushing touchdowns.
Allen said he spent the offseason tweaking his mechanics with his coaches and offseason tutor Jordan Palmer – another former quarterback who works with several QBs around the league – and Allen said that Romo wanted him to “feel your head is on a stake through the ground and you’re just trying to rotate it around and use [the torso] as an axis.”
“Josh could throw a football really well,” Romo said. “I just wanted him technically to do it better.”
Allen spent the offseason working with Palmer daily to become a more “rotational thrower” and credited Palmer along with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and QB coach Ken Dorsey for the work they put in with him to prepare for this season.
Palmer praised the third-year quarterback for being open-minded to make changes.
“To be making drastic changes in your mechanics, you’ve got to be coachable,” Palmer said.“You’ve to be all-in on the right plan. Josh worked it every day.”
Despite the technical changes and adjustments Allen has made, it was a postgame comment the 24-year-old said to Peter King following Sunday’s 35-32 win over the Rams that may have impressed Romo most.
When asked about being happy at 3-0, he said, “Excuse my language: I’m pissed off how we allowed the 28-3 lead to dwindle there. I take that very personal.”
Romo loved that response.
“That’s better than a good answer,” he said. “It shows that he has a very high standard of excellence. That’s the quarterback I want. When we talked this offseason, he forcefully asked me: ‘How can I be better?’ That’s what you want out of the quarterback of your football team.”