Q: You’ve been asked about this for the past few years, but how do you balance what Josh Allen brings as a runner and how it’s such a weapon in his game along with the injury risks that are naturally involved?
SM: Yeah, it is a weapon of his game. It’s got to be a good balance, a healthy balance and that’s what we shoot for every week. It’s something that we do take seriously for a lot of reasons, which I’m sure you know what most of those reasons are.
Q: As a follow-up, how does your experience in the past being around mobile quarterbacks like Donovan McNabb and Cam Newton help you be comfortable using that aspect of a mobile quarterback’s game?
SM: Yeah, I’ve been around this conversation before, albeit in a different position, but very close to the topic nonetheless. Again, it’s an ongoing thing, it never goes away is what I can tell you. Just from my experience, you’re always trying to find that sweet spot, what’s not enough, what’s too much. So it takes everyone, it takes us as coaches and Josh to find that right balance.
Q: What are your feelings on the ball security issue in that regard?
SM: Yeah, as he said after the Jets game, he’s got to do a better job and I don’t think there’s any other way to spin it. We can’t give the ball away. The ball has an unbelievable to become a great equalizer. We were dominating that game in a lot of ways, as you saw, and we put the ball on the ground and then all of the sudden we faced some adversity. We can learn and we need to learn from that before it comes back to haunt us here. That’s one of the many things that we have to work on.
Q: Mystery solved on the offensive line — how do you think Daryl Williams and Cody Ford performed in their first game together on the right side of the line?
SM: Yeah, I thought they were solid. I thought Daryl Williams played a really good game and he’s a good addition to our team. He’s worked extremely hard. I loved how he finished plays and finished blocks, he played to the echo of the whistle. With Cody, it looked like they had good symmetry over there. A lot of good things on that side.
Q: Andre Roberts really got off to an excellent start to the season on special teams. What are your thoughts on his start?
SM: Yeah, I love that guy. He personifies what it means to be a Buffalo Bill — unselfish, a leader, tough, hardworking guy. You don’t read his name in the paper a whole lot but he does so much behind the scenes for our football team and he was in the zone against the Jets. Unbelievable determination to get those yards, some of which he was set up for and some of which he got on his own. To play as hard as he does I think really helps the young guys see that and model themselves after that.
Q: Kind of a big-picture question — This offseason has been so different and so strange, but how long should it take to have a really good feel for your team and do you think this year that could maybe be delayed because things are so different?
SM: Yeah, because it is unique I really don’t have a feel for that in terms of going through it and having any experience. I just think every game we’ll have a better feel. I know what we have to work on and the list is long so we’ve just got to continue to evolve and grow as a football team. There’s a lot to be done and we have to continue to grow.
Q: What did you see from Trent Murphy this offseason that allowed him to get off to the start that he did?
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