I was really tempted to leave this article as that single word, but I respect you more than one sarcastic word. The Buffalo Bills should have Josh Allen back in the lineup as soon as he clears concussion protocol.
The biggest reason is there is no medical reason to think keeping him out will do anything. The concussion protocol is black and white; pass or you don’t pass. It’s not an ankle where you can play through the pain or sit this week and take the bye to heal up. If his head is healed, it’s healed.
Secondly, Matt Barkley is a solid backup QB but doesn’t have any upside. He is limited physically. He could win a game at QB, sure, but that’s not what I want to hang my hat on. Allen provides an element Barkley just can’t.
Allen had a bad game on Sunday. He looked lost. He needs to get back on the horse against a defense that isn’t among the best in the NFL. QB development is non-linear.
I could get into confidence issues and the constant back-and-forth, but I don’t think sitting Allen for a week causes a QB controversy and I don’t think anyone in the locker room would go there either. It’s not Rob Johnson and Doug Flutie. It’s Allen’s team and when he’s healthy he’s going back in.
I’m interested in the arguments against this and look forward to the comments section.