I had to write that headline in such a snarky way because it is fully merited.
Pete Carroll said he wasn't expecting the Bills to completely abandon their running game.— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) November 8, 2020
"We had a real nice plan" for the Bills running game.
Instead, Josh Allen picked apart Seattle's secondary.
The Bills are 25th in rushing offense DVOA but are 5th in passing offense. On defense, the Seahawks rank 30th against the pass and 6th against the run. Josh Allen was very impressive in September before his recent cooling off. Buffalo’s best running back is arguably Josh Allen and he leads the team in rushing touchdowns and is second in rushing yards.
What did Carroll think was going to happen? The element of surprise? Buffalo is among the pass-heaviest teams in early down situations. That sort of admission is almost like saying they lost before opening kickoff.
I gave Ken Norton Jr what I felt was rightful shit for that defensive display but Carroll is clearly not immune to criticism. That’s a horrible feel for tendencies and terrible gameplanning from the start. Maybe if Seattle was keyed in on the pass early it wouldn’t have mattered because they’ve just been exceedingly incompetent with each year post-LOB, but coming out with the mentality that the Bills were going to try running it is setting the entire team up for failure.
Congratulations to Josh Allen, who might as well trademark Let Josh Cook.
Josh Allen is the 1st QB in the Super Bowl era with 400+ pass yds, 3+ pass TD, 0 INT & a 130+ passer rating in multiple games in a season— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 8, 2020
Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers & Patrick Mahomes are the only other players with multiple such games in their careers