One of the biggest questions this season for the Buffalo Bills is what this offense might look like under Ken Dorsey. It is not a question because Dorsey can’t handle the job or the Bills picked the wrong person to replace Brian Daboll.
It is more so a question because there isn’t a whole lot to go off of as Dorsey has never called plays before in the NFL. He has been a quarterback coach for a number of years, most notable during Cam Newton’s MVP season with the Panthers in 2015 and with Josh Allen the past three seasons.
Recently, Kevin Clark at The Ringer put together a great article about Ken Dorsey, Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills offense. Based on some quotes from the article, there are four players that probably benefit the most from having Dorsey as the offensive coordinator and can provide a hint at what this offense might look like.
Let’s start with the obvious one and that is quarterback Josh Allen as the franchise quarterback seemed to have input on the decision to hire Dorsey to replace Brian Daboll. It is going to benefit Josh Allen, who the first time in his career will not have Daboll in his ear on game day, but has a coach who Allen has been able to work with since 2019 and share what he likes and what works for him:
Allen said that more input “kind of comes with the territory of promoting a quarterback coach, because we’ve had those conversations of what we like. I had, and have, a great relationship with Dabes and was able to tell him what I like and what I want to take out or put in. And Dorse was there through it all, so it’s a blessing to be able to promote him, keep the same verbiage, the same mindset and the same concepts. It’s kind of second nature.”
One of the biggest challenges when switching offensive coordinators is that the coach wants to come in and set up his system. This not only means the plays that are run but his own verbiage, which can result in the same play being called two different things based on the coordinator. For any player, this can create confusion and the result is usually more thinking than just going off instinct.