The NFC East was easily the worst division in the NFL last season, as the Washington Football Team clinched a playoff berth with a 7-9 record.
Washington's main issue last season was that it didn't have much stability at the quarterback position. That won't be as big of a problem this year since Ryan Fitzpatrick is the team's projected starter.
As for the other side of the football, Washington is absolutely loaded on defense. The defensive line has a ton of talent, such as Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat and Chase Young.
Even though training camp hasn't even started yet, Allen pointed out that he likes what he's seeing thus far.
"Now, where we are in 2021 compared to 2017 — night and day difference. And that’s no shade to any other regime. I just know what we’re building here now, is a winning culture," Allen said in a recent interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. "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.”
The potential is certainly there for the Washington Football Team, but they can't get caught up in the press clippings. That's why Allen is making sure his teammates don't crown themselves before the season begins.
"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. 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.”
Allen is one of the most experienced players on Washington's defense, so it's imperative that he keeps his younger teammates in check.
Washington will start the 2021 season at home against the Los Angeles Chargers.