3 Commanders players already benefitting from Dan Quinn's presence

Dan Quinn wasted no time in stamping his mark on the Commanders.
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Jonathan Allen - Commanders DT

Jonathan Allen looked demoralized and frustrated in equal measure last season. The veteran defensive tackle lost all faith in the organization under head coach Ron Rivera. He was highly critical throughout another underwhelming campaign. He even hinted that his future could lie away from the Washington Commanders unless something was done.

Allen is in a much better place now. The Commanders resisted the temptation to trade the player this offseason. They see him as an integral part of their growth plans - someone who'll be counted upon on the field and as a supreme leader within the locker room.

The former first-round pick looks rejuvenated. There's a big smile on Allen's face. He's enjoying his football once again. He's excited to work and be part of something special. All signs point to a return to his old form next season.

Dan Quinn's raised energy and increased standards have his seal of approval. The Alabama product will do whatever it takes to help this franchise get back to relevancy or better in 2024. The new creative defensive schematic concepts will be dependent on Washington's interior tandem of Allen and Daron Payne providing the disruption needed to excel.

Having Allen so motivated and inspired will set the tone for others to follow. Mediocrity or worse was accepted under the previous regime. That won't be the case moving forward, which is exactly the sort of mindset and ambition the player was looking for.

It's a big year for Allen. There's no guaranteed money left on his deal and he regressed last season. A strong campaign should be enough for the Commanders to extend his contract and make it more favorable. Anything less might see Adam Peters go for more drastic measures during his second offseason at the helm.

Allen is held in the highest esteem. Quinn's presence already seems to be having the desired effect entering Year 8 of his professional career.