Allen: Taylor Heinicke has that 'it' factor that makes you want to play hard for him


When Jonathan Allen left the field following the Commanders' thrilling 23-21 victory over the Packers last Sunday, he linked up with Taylor Heinicke, the game-winning quarterback, for a warm embrace that was captured by cameras.

During Allen's weekly appearance with The Sports Junkies — presented by Mainstreet Bank — Washington defensive tackle was asked point blank if he gave Heinicke a little smooch for his efforts in the victory, which marks the Commanders' second straight.

"No man, he was just saying how it was a great game," Allen said on 106.7 The Fan. "He apologized for the pick-six. I was like, 'Taylor, shut up, bro. We just won. Who cares?' And they literally just caught us at a good spot or a bad sport, depending on how you're looking at it."

"It definitely feels good," Allen said of the consecutive victories over the Bears and Packers, respectively. "I'll say I'd much rather prefer this than the other way. But job's not finished. We're not even close to where we want to be yet. But hey, two games, hey, we'll take it."

The 3-4 Commanders still have a long road ahead, trailing the third-place Cowboys (5-2) by two games in the NFC East. The Eagles (6-0) and Giants (6-1) have a little bit more distance at the top of the division.

"I've never seen a team rally around a guy the way you guys last year and this year rally around Taylor," Junkies host Eric Bickel remarked. "It's not a shot against Carson. It's not a shot against anybody. It's just that this guy seems more beloved than anybody."

"Taylor's been around now a little while," Bickel added. "You guys fricking love him in a way that's very unusual."

"When people talk about the 'it' factor, it's kind of hard to explain to someone who's not really involved in sports," Allen said. "But when you talk about Taylor, he just has 'it.' He's not the biggest, not the strongest, not the most athletic, but he just has 'it.' Whatever 'it' is, I don't know. He's just a football player.

"When you have a guy like Taylor, it sounds crazy but he's just a guy you want to play hard for. He's a great dude, an even better teammate and he can play some damn good football. So he really has it going for him. I'm really excited to see what he can do. I'm excited."

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