Washington’s 56-14 rout at the hands of the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football was one of the worst losses the team has endured in recent memory. From start to finish, the team was dominated by a Dallas team that “kicked our ass in all three phases of the game,” as Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke put it.
Defensive tackle Jonathan Allen has been the team’s locker room leader for several seasons now. As a leader, Allen put Washington’s recent struggles bluntly following their third straight loss.
“As professionals, it’s our job to go out there and play good football. Which, for the last two weeks, it has been probably some of the worst football I’ve ever been a part of, including myself,” Allen said postgame. “We have no one to blame but ourselves. We just gotta do what we gotta do, starting in practice.”
Allen himself was the center of a bit of bad attention on Sunday night, as NBC cameras caught a scuffle break out between him and teammate Daron Payne. Following the game, Allen made no excuses for the behavior and held himself accountable.
“The next step is moving on. When something happens on the field, you never let it carry into the locker room. Things get heated. We fix them. We sit down as real men, and we move on,” he said.
Allen, 26, isn’t one of the oldest nor youngest players on the roster, but has proven to be one of Washington’s most important pieces for the future. Washington loved Allen so much after his first four years in Burgundy & Gold that they inked him to a four-year, $72 million extension this past July.
Following Washington's latest loss, Allen took accountability for what everyone considered an embarrassing performance.
“It’s unfortunate for sure. We are better than that. But as a man, I’m going to take full responsibility for my actions, and I plan on doing the same [going forward].”
Washington’s next game is Sunday at home against Philadelphia. Though COVID-19 has decimated their roster the last few weeks, Washington will hopefully field a healthier roster in order to put their 42-point loss to Dallas in the rear-view mirror.
“We are still nowhere near where we want to be. It was a pretty embarrassing performance for the second week,” Allen said.