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 1⁄2 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.
1st half vs 2nd half:
Jon Allen addressing the media right now. Said it was a tale of two halves against the Eagles. Said the second half is what happens when you play together, execute and do everything right.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 17, 2020
Allen said overcome such a big deficit really sets the tone for the rest of the season. Shows they can be resilient amid adversity.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 17, 2020
When Nick Saban goes into the lab to make a football player, he makes Jonathan Allen.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) September 17, 2020
Allen bristled at the notion that Washington has accomplished anything this year.
"We were just good for one game. And we weren't even good for one game. Just two and a half quarters."
Jon Allen quotes Alabama coach Nick Saban: "Excellence is sustained success."— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 17, 2020
Allen admits that the defensive line was great for two and a half quarters. Need a bigger sample size to validate their dominance.
Jon Allen relayed that he learned "excellence is sustained success" while playing under Nick Saban. To him, that means the D-line has to repeat its performance against the Cardinals, then repeat it again every game after that— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) September 17, 2020
Jon Allen describes Terry McLaurin as a "no nonsense, blue collar type of guy." Said you cannot ask for anything more out of a teammate.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 17, 2020
Allen said the hardest part of the past several months was not having OTAs, especially since Washington needed to learn a new offense and defense. Did not have much time at all to prepare, and did not have the benefit of preseason games either.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 17, 2020
Different coaching styles:
Jonathan Allen says the problem last years was Jay Gruden and Bill Callahan were completely different styles.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) September 17, 2020
He said this year, Rivera is straight forward & no nonsense. @WSHFootballSI
Jon Allen on Rivera:”you know what’s right, you know what’s wrong. ... there’s no gray area. “— John Keim (@john_keim) September 17, 2020
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.
Trust what you see:
Rookie RB Antonio Gibson talking to the media now. Said the biggest thing he learned in his first game is trusting what he sees as a runner.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 17, 2020
Gibson admitted that it was difficult not knowing when his name was going to be called against the Eagles. However, he said it's all about being self aware and always being ready to play.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 17, 2020
Gibson said any blame here falls on him. Was debating which way to go. Says he should have taken the run inside. https://t.co/AbX0Tlrhey— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) September 17, 2020
Antonio Gibson says on his 20-yard run he could have and should have had more but took the blame for running into Terry McLaurin..Says he should have stayed inside instead of trying to bounce outside to the sidelines.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) September 17, 2020
"I messed up on the touchdown right there." @WSHFootballSI
Antonio Gibson said his 20-yard run could have been a touchdown. He said he made a mistake by going outside when he should have stayed inside. Should have used McLaurin's block.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 17, 2020
No more long shirts:
Antonio Gibson says the long T-shirts are gone for game day after having his pulled the other day. “I tried to get away and couldn’t get that burst.”— John Keim (@john_keim) September 17, 2020