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Jonathan Allen: “Excellence is sustained success”; Antonio Gibson: Have to trust what you see as a runner

Jonathan Allen and Antonio Gibson spoke to the media after today’s practice

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Football Team Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Allen was not impressed with the Washington Football Team’s first win on Sunday. It was a tale of two halves, and the second half is what happens when you play together, execute, and do everything right. Overcoming a 17 point deficit sets the tone for the rest of the season, and shows that they can be resilient amid adversity. Allen doesn’t want anyone to get a big head about the win, quoting Nick Saban, “Excellence is sustained success” and saying they were really only good for 2 12 quarters.

Allen said the hardest part of the shortened offseason was not having OTAs since Washington was changing their offense and defense this season. They lost preparation time, and didn’t have any preseason games to work out the kinks. There is a huge difference in coaching styles this year going from Jay Gruden/Bill Callahan to Ron Rivera. Gruden and Callahan had completely different styles. Ron Rivera is straightforward and doesn’t have any gray area for what’s right and what’s wrong.

Jonathan Allen

1st half vs 2nd half:


Terry McLaurin:

Shortened offseason:

Different coaching styles:

Ron Rivera:

Antonio Gibson was thrown into the NFL fire on Sunday, and said he learned a lot in his first game, like trusting what he sees as a runner. One of those lessons came on his biggest run of the day, a 20 yard run to the left that ended with him tripping over WR Terry McLaurin who was blocking for him. Gibson admits he should have cut to the inside, and he feels it could have been a TD if went that way. He is also changing his gameday attire after getting his long shirt pulled by an Eagles defender. He said he couldn’t get that burst he needed with a dirty bird dragging him down.

Antonio Gibson

Trust what you see:

Always ready:

Missed opportunity:

No more long shirts: