Bills quarterback Josh Allen thinks that Buffalo’s championship window is still open despite the team falling short of an AFC title game and Super Bowl appearance again this season.
“I believe in what we’ve got going on here and the people that are in charge,” Allen said Monday, according to team reporter Maddy Glab. “I believe in myself, and that’ll never change.”
Allen’s comments come after a heartbreaking 27-24 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Buffalo has now failed to advance past the divisional round each year since losing to the Chiefs in the AFC title game in the 2020 season.
“When you do feel this way, it makes winning all that much more special,” Allen said. “And this isn’t something that we’re going to run from. It’s not something we’re going to hide from. We got to take it on the chin and continue to learn and get better, and I know that’s not what people want to hear. They want to see results. We want to see results.”
“At the end of the season, there’s one happy team. We’re gonna keep fighting and keep working as hard as we can until we are that one team,” he added.
The Bills roster 21 players who could test free agency in the upcoming offseason, including receiver Gabe Davis, safety Micah Hyde, and pass-rushers Leonard Floyd and A.J. Epenesa.
But Allen remains optimistic about the Bills even though the team is projected to be $43 million over the salary cap in 2024, according to Spotrac.
“All signs are still pointing up with this team,” the star passer said. “I know, it feels bleak. And there’s probably going to be a lot of change, whether it’s personnel, guys coming back, guys not playing again. That’s all speculation.”
Allen completed 66.5% of his passes for 4,306 yards and 29 touchdowns against 18 interceptions in 2023. He also scored a career-high 15 rushing TDs, making him the only QB in NFL history to record at least 40 combined scores in four straight seasons.
The 27-year-old accounted for three touchdowns versus Kansas City.
Allen – who signed a six-year, $258-million extension with Buffalo in 2021 – also said Monday that he doesn’t plan to undergo surgery this offseason. The 2018 first-round pick didn’t miss any games in 2023 but was on the injury report for several weeks with a right shoulder ailment.