When Jonathan Allen addressed the media on Saturday, he made himself loud and clear –– losing is not an option again this season for Washington.
Coming off a 3-13 season and extremely eventful offseason, the Washington Football Team has used its training camp to regroup and try to change their trajectory this year in hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
“I’m tired of losing,” Allen said. “We’re tired of losing. Everyone here is tired of losing. We want to win, and if it’s not about winning, I really don’t care about it.”
Since he was drafted in the first round in 2017, Allen has not witnessed a winning season in Washington –– with two 7-9s and a 3-13 record during his time. Washington missed the playoffs all three seasons, finishing third or fourth in the NFC East.
But Allen was promoted to a leadership role last season as a starting defensive tackle and was a significant contributor with 64 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble on the year.
While he hopes to do what he can to help Washington find success again this season as a leader, he has made his team-first mentality abundantly clear and will welcome any role that Ron Rivera puts him in –– as long as the team can win games as a result.
“I just want to be the best teammate I can possibly be,” he said. “If I am given that leadership role again, great. If not, I’m here to do my job, and I’m here to do it at an effective level, and it really is about the team… I’m just going out there every day, doing what I can to try to help this organization win, and I know we can.”