Jonathan Allen: We’re proud of winning the division, but we’re not shooting for 7-9

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Heading into the 2021 season, the NFC East is widely thought of as one of the worst divisions in football. Its 2020 winner, Washington, made hosted a playoff game with a 7-9 record.

That’s part of why even though the Football Team is coming off a title, one of the club’s veterans knows there’s more work to be done.

“The biggest thing I try to tell my teammates is that as exciting as it is, and how much ‘potential’ we have, that’s all it is right now — it’s just potential,” defensive tackle Jonathan Allen said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. “We won the division with a 7-9 record. And as proud as we are to say we won the division, 7-9 is not what we’re shooting for every year. So I think we just have to keep things in perspective and realize we have a long way to go. We’re not even close to hitting where we think we can be or even where we want to be. And we’ve just got to continue to grind.”

Still, Allen feels like Washington is on the right track with Ron Rivera as head coach.

“Now, where we are in 2021 compared to 2017 — night and day difference,” Allen said. “And that’s no shade to any other regime. I just know what we’re building here now, is a winning culture. And I’m a truly high believer that you can’t have a winning team without a winning culture and a winning atmosphere. And that goes from player personnel to the cooks, everybody — everybody has to be a part of it. And I think that’s what we’re doing here. So I think it’s exciting.”

Washington has finished 7-9 in three of the past four seasons, though that was enough for the franchise’s first NFC East title since 2015.

But even if the Football Team was shooting for that record in 2021, it won’t be possible with the new 17-game schedule.

A 7-9-1 finish is still on the table.

17 responses to “Jonathan Allen: We’re proud of winning the division, but we’re not shooting for 7-9

  1. Shouldn’t have gone with FitzMagic as your starter. That guy puts your team in to many bad situations. Steady Teddy would have been a better move. With that defense they should be looking to take care of the ball and run the ball.

  2. NFC east will be interesting this year, for reals. See if DJ is the guy in NY, can the cowboys stop anyone, the WFT…interesting division

  3. There’s not a big difference between Fitz and Bridgewater.

    They’re going to be better than people think.

  4. Dawg on Fitz all you want the WFT will be automatically better with just a stable QB under center , with all the QB injuries , Alex playing on one leg and having to start Haskins for several games I don’t see how they made it to 7 and 9 even being in that terrible division, on paper they probably were the least talented team of the bunch.

  5. They only won division because Eagles threw their game for draft position. Geez grow up. Obvious

  6. pcflorio says:
    June 22, 2021 at 4:02 pm
    They only won division because Eagles threw their game for draft position. Geez grow up. Obvious

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    lol Giants fans whining that the division was stolen from their 6-10 team because the Eagles put in a backup in garbage time is one of the funniest things that’s ever happened in the NFL.

  7. “Dawg on Fitz all you want the WFT will be automatically better with just a stable QB under center”

    Except he’s not stable. He’ll have a couple pretty good games, followed by a couple real stinkers, wash-rinse-repeat.

    That’s always been the problem with him, he can look like an all pro one week and terrible the next

  8. Alex was a better option but I am glad he is gone. I cringed every time he got the ball.

  9. Fitz and Foles are the same dude. Great when coming in from backup, but then you make them the starter for the season and they fall to pieces. They play great off the bench in relief for the starter, for a few games at most, but they are not starters.

  10. Teams with losing records should not make the playoffs, instead an extra wildcard team makes it.

    Just because you win your weak division doesn’t mean you have earned a playoff berth.

  11. covidiots says:
    June 22, 2021 at 5:09 pm
    “Dawg on Fitz all you want the WFT will be automatically better with just a stable QB under center”

    Except he’s not stable. He’ll have a couple pretty good games, followed by a couple real stinkers, wash-rinse-repeat.

    That’s always been the problem with him, he can look like an all pro one week and terrible the next

    1 1 Rate This Yup your right WFT would be better off with Haskins starting 17 games 😀

  12. The NFC East is up for grabs once again. WFT has as good a chance as anyone to win it. Objectively looking at it, they should be the slight favorites to do so.

  13. Dak Prescott is the only real QB in that division…….Based on what he did in 2019?….Child Please!!!!

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