Jonathan Allen got his chance to talk to reporters after today’s practice. He has become a leader on the team, and he appreciates what Head Coach Ron Rivera had to say to the team today. Allen understands players have been off for months, but bad habits can’t continue if they want to be successful.
Allen knows the expectations that people have for a defensive line that is loaded with talented 1st round picks. He doesn’t care what anyone outside of the organization thinks, he’s just focused on what he and the team can control. He’s tired of losing, and wants to help build a winning football team.
Training Camp Press Conference - Jonathan Allen https://t.co/nMdwvmK54z— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) August 22, 2020
Jonathan Allen is addressing the media now. Rivera addressed the team after practice, and Allen said Rivera made it clear he needs more from the players. Allen completely agrees.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 22, 2020
Allen summarized Rivera's fiery post-practice speech with two words: "need more."— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 22, 2020
"I 100% agree, I'm 100% bought in to what he's saying."
Allen said he loves the feeling of this year's camp. Everyone is working hard together to get better.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 22, 2020
Allen said he loves how this coaching staff has gone about practicing and getting ready for the season. Said they're physical, working hard, working smart and working together.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 22, 2020
Allen said he couldn't care less about the outside expectation for the defensive line. He has his own expectations for himself and the unit. That's all he care about.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 22, 2020
Allen said that it's easy for the D-Line to look at the outside expectations and be excited. But he doesn't care what anyone outside of the building thinks of him or the position group. He's focused on what him and his teammates can control.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 22, 2020
J. Allen on expectations for this DL: 'easy for us to look at expectations and get excited. I could care less. It doesn't matter what anyone outside the organization thinks. I believe in having standards we have to live up to day in and day out. If we do that we'll have success."— John Keim (@john_keim) August 22, 2020
Allen said that it's inspiring seeing LB Reuben Foster back out on the field after the injury.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 22, 2020
"I'm happy for him, I'm excited for him and I can't wait to see him play."
Allen said he just wants to be the player he can. He has stepped up and is seen as a leader, but all he cares about is helping the team win.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 22, 2020
Allen said that all he is focused on is doing whatever he can to help the team win.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 22, 2020
"I'm tired of losing. We're tired of losing."
Allen knows there will be days where the team doesn't practice up to their standards. They haven't played for eight months, after all. But Allen said the important thing is that they can't let that become a habit.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 22, 2020