“So the challenges this season may be a little different from last season. But as coaches that’s what we get paid for, is to adjust, to try to stay ahead. things the best you can. And that’s what my teammates, these players, these coaches look like to me and it’s up to me to do it. And that’s what we do.
With that, make way for the notes …
Key statistics: 209 of 319 (65.5%), 2,236 yards, 17 touchdowns, five interceptions, 7.0 yards per attempt, 97.1 quarterback, 57 carries, 319 yards, three touchdowns.
Analysis: Take a look at Allen’s numbers above and compare them to these, his 2020 season across eight games: 67.2 completion percentage, 2,172 yards, 16 touchdowns, five interceptions, 7.8 yards per attempt, 102.4 quarterback scores, 58 carries, 227 yards, four touchdowns.
It’s amazing what expectations will do to a player’s perception. One of the big stories in the league was the emergence of Allen last year. His numbers this year are comparable, but given the bar he set last year, it’s not unfair to feel like he hasn’t quite hit it.
“I’m not trying to compare years to years,” Allen said. “I’m just trying to be the best quarterback I can be. We’re 5-3, not where we want to be, so we have to focus on this week and go one week at a time. … It’s been our state of mind since we stepped onto the pitch at training camp.