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Four Downs: Josh Allen’s new contract marks a new era for Bills quarterbacks

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The latest edition of Four Downs is here, with plenty of perspective on the Buffalo Bills. Check out the latest below on Josh Allen, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, and much more.

Josh Allen’s new contract

Let’s be honest here. This has been a long time coming. This isn’t specific to Josh Allen’s new contract extension, but to the end of the “what if” questions at quarterback for the Bills.

Like so many Bills fans, I have been waiting for the team to field a franchise quarterback since Jim Kelly retired in 1996. Twenty-five years is far too long for any fan base, and certainly for many tortured fans from Western New York. But now for the foreseeable future, Bills Mafia doesn’t need to worry about the draft prospects at quarterback each year. There’s no need to think about signal callers hitting free agency, or to have the franchise’s definition of quarterback success be limited to the Kelly years.

The Josh Allen contract extension gives fans something to look forward to for the next eight seasons, instead of looking back to success that took place over 25 years ago. Like I said, this has been a long time coming.

Daboll adds perspective

Bills fans felt very fortunate this offseason, when Brian Daboll wasn’t named the head coach of another NFL club. As shocking as that was, Daboll now returns to Buffalo this season with hopes of winning a Super Bowl. Marcel Louis-Jacques shared this note from Dan Graziano’s recent article for, and it was too good not to share with our readers.

Pod of the Week

This week I want to recognize the collective podcasts that come from Matt Parrino and Ryan Talbot of This training camp they have gone live after each practice, discussing the latest news about the Bills. Parrino and Talbot offer insightful commentary, and share as much information as they can from camp each day. You can find all of their episodes here.

Another stellar showing at Highmark Stadium

No, I am not referring to Josh Allen and the performance of the Bills’ offense, but the 18,000+ fans who showed up for Saturday’s open practice. You can find video highlights from Saturday’s practice right here.