Count Bill Belichick as a fan of Josh Allen, even though the New England Patriots head coach has to face him twice a year. As New England gets set to face the first of two AFC East showdowns with the Buffalo Bills this week, Belichick didn't hold back on his praise of Allen and how he's become one of the better quarterbacks in the league.
"His improvement has just been tremendous," Belichick said Wednesday. "Where it was three years ago, completion percentage, passer rating, decision making, production, it has just gone [up]. It's risen at a really remarkable rate. It's just remarkable how good he has become.
"Last year, this year, he's built on that, what it was when he came into the league, but he's really made tremendous improvement and has a lot of command of the offense. They audible a lot. They change things. They, obviously, have a lot of confidence in him. He handles them well on the line. Every other they'll run a bad play where they run into a bad look or a blitz or something like that.
"He doesn't get fooled much by anything. It's really, really impressive to watch how he's developed there."
Allen's improvement over the past few years has made him one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He's completed 66.8% of his passes for 3,071 yards with 25 touchdowns to 10 interceptions for a 99.1 passer rating. He also has 69 carries for 383 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 5.6 yards per carry. While Allen's numbers are slightly behind from last year in a few categories, Allen is sixth in passing yards, 14th in completion percentage, seventh in touchdown percentage (6.1), 22nd in interception percentage (2.4), 12th in yards per attempt (7.5), and 11th in passer rating.
Belichick has seen plenty of quarterbacks improve over the years, but wouldn't commit to Allen being the best he's seen in his 47 years coaching in the NFL. The Patriots head coach gave him the best compliment he could -- in Belichick fashion.
"I don't know," Belichick said. "He's been pretty good."