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Commanders DT Jonathan Allen's mindset

After another underwhelming effort from the Washington Commanders' defense, it's not hard to see what comes next if things don't start trending upward. Jack Del Rio's unit just couldn't come up with the goods when it mattered most, giving up chunk plays almost at will and allowing quarterback Geno Smith to get downfield with minimal fuss en route to a game-winning field goal on the last play.

When asked about the defensive failings, Jonathan Allen wasn't in the mood to talk. What came next resembled an Oscar acceptance speech rather than any real assessment of the game via SB Nation.

"I heard something interesting from the Boston Celtics coach. He said that ‘People love to shoutout God when things are going great, but you never hear when things are going bad and you’re in the middle of something’. So, I would like to take this time and shoutout God. I recognize him as my Lord and Savior and just show my appreciation for being here and having the opportunity. I don’t really have too much to say tonight, but I would love to talk to you back at the facility in Ashburn."

Jonathan Allen via SB Nation

Allen hasn't been backward in coming forward when it comes to his frustrations this season. Perhaps his outburst and the media attention it generated earlier in the campaign gave him a different perspective - take a deep breath and give more insightful comments later in the week.

The former first-round pick needs to do better - so do his teammates on defense. If they cannot, then many will be nervously looking over their shoulders.