Although he has never been an offensive coordinator before. Former Bills’ quarterback’s coach Ken Dorsey, was the best replacement for Brian Daboll. Dorsey joined the Bills in 2019 and has helped turn Josh Allen into a superstar. Dorsey was highly coveted as per Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News Sports, half a dozen teams were after Dorsey to be their new coordinator. The New York Giants were also heavily pursuing Dorsey. Per NFL journalist Bobby Thompson, the Giants offered Dorsey a “lucrative deal” and there was mutual interest. The Bills, however, stepped up and matched the offer. They ensured they kept Josh Allen’s number one choice for offensive coordinator. Which was also the best option for the Bills.
The Josh Allen Approval
Josh Allen and former coordinator Brian Daboll, had a very close relationship. Allen is also close with Ken Dorsey and has publicly credited him many times with helping him elevate his game. Most recently Allen told reporters, “When he got here three years ago, my career definitely changed in terms of how I viewed the game of football.” In another interview a couple of weeks ago, Allen essentially condoned Dorsey to be the next Bills’ offensive coordinator. When he was asked about it, the star quarterback replied. “There’s a guy in this building I’m a huge advocate for,” meaning Dorsey. Buffalo’s head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane stated multiple times last week that they would include Allen in the loop of finding a new offensive coordinator. Allen’s input was heard, and he got his guy.
Dorsey’s Successful Track Record
While he has never been a coordinator, Ken Dorsey has still had a lot of success in his career. He played quarterback at the University of Miami where he was a two-time Heisman trophy finalist. Dorsey also posted a 38-2 record as the starting quarterback leading the team to a National Championship win in 2002. Dorsey became a quarterback’s coach in 2013 with the Carolina Panthers, working with Cam newton. In 2015 coached by Dorsey, Newton would post the best season of his career. He won NFL MVP honors and led his Panthers to a 15-1 regular season record and Super-Bowl berth. Fast-forward to 2019 and Dorsey joins the Bills as their quarterback’s coach. Josh Allen improved a very fair amount from his rookie season in 2018 to his sophomore season in 2019 coached by Dorsey. In the 2020 season Allen stunned the league coming out of nowhere to post an insane season and finish second in MVP voting. In 2021 in his 3rd season being coached by Dorsey, Allen once again posted an MVP caliber season and stapled himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Quarterbacks have had nothing but success under Dorsey.
Why Bills’ Fans Should Be Excited
Dorsey will only be Josh Allen’s second offensive coordinator since he was drafted in 2018 but fits in perfectly. Dorsey will bring familiarity, which is huge considering the Bills offense has had lots of success the past two seasons. There is probably no one that knows Allen better than his now former quarterback’s coach. With the chemistry Dorsey and Allen and share it’s impossible not to get excited thinking about the type of offense the Bills can put on display next season. Dorsey knows all of Allen’s strengths and weaknesses and will put him in the best position to succeed. While Josh Allen has been excellent the past two seasons, it is very possible he can even take it up a notch under Dorsey’s schemes and play calling. With Dorsey calling the plays, we could be in-store for a monster season from Allen, even better than his last two. Which is actually insane to think about.
Great article! Go bills!