Joe Theismann advocates sitting Dwayne Haskins for the full season

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Storyline No. 29 on the list of 2019 stories we’re watching at PFT focuses on when, and if, new Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins will play this year. Former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann’s suggestion is this: Don’t play Haskins at all.

“To me, the best scenario for Dwayne would be . . . to sit this year, Case [Keenum] plays, Colt [McCoy] comes back, is healthy enough to be able to be in competition and/or a part of the ball club . . . and give Dwayne a chance to process everything,” Theismann told 106.7 the Fan in D.C., via the Washington Times.

Theismann definitely wouldn’t start Haskins from Week One, given an early-season schedule that includes games against the Eagles, Cowboys, Bears, Giants, and Patriots.

“To put him out there early against those teams, it’s just a formula for disaster for the team, for Jay [Gruden], for the fans and everybody else,” Theismann said. “I think the young man is our future, and let’s protect the future, instead of throwing it out there right now and saying, ‘Okay, go get ’em.’ The schedule we’re playing is not a ‘go get ’em’ schedule.”

Another factor in the analysis, as previously mentioned, is Gruden’s desire to remain employed beyond 2019. Starting the season with Haskins under center could make it hard for Gruden to achieve enough to survive. Starting with Keenum or McCoy could trigger better results — especially in light of that “go get ’em” schedule.

Also, it would (will) be easier to bench Keenum or McCoy for Haskins than to bench Haskins for Keenum or McCoy. Once Haskins is playing, the team needs to let him keep playing. And if Keenum-or-McCoy approach results in Washington fading from playoff contention, Gruden can hope that Haskins shows enough late in the year to persuade the organization to choose continuity for 2020.

20 responses to “Joe Theismann advocates sitting Dwayne Haskins for the full season

  1. Let Haskins get used to the speed of the game, learn the playbook, clean up his footwork and figure out what is like to be young and rich this season. Let him feel just a little frustrated at not being out there, let him learn from Alex and Colt, and have a full off-season to prepare and train for his inevitable starting role.

    If you throw him out there behind a shaky line, with just ok receivers, a limited playbook and a tough schedule, you run the risk of denting his confidence. He’s on a rookie deal, prepare him fully and put him in a position to win in 2020.

  2. Joe, when they want your opinion they will ask you for it. Those days are over. Unless Hoskins doesn’t grasp the offense, he’s gotta play ASAP. Philly thought the same thing about Wentz until Vikings offered up a #1 for Bradford. All he did was prove that he was capable of being a successful QB in the league.

  3. If he’s outplaying the vets in the lineup, then he ought to be starting soon. That said, I don’t have a problem with easing him rather than throwing him to the wolves. That should be the case for every rookie QB and not just Haskins.

  4. You play the player (QB in this case) that gives you the best chance to win, period. It’s not like he’s sitting behind a future HOF’er or one that’s even close to being a legitimate Pro Bowler….

  5. I agree with Joe Theismann. Plus every year since they removed contact from practices these offensive lines have not gelled. The weaker ones get destroyed by defensive lines for the 1st quarter of the season.

    They have a capable veteran and even if Haskins comes in half way through the year like Baker would be a better option.

  6. Not trolling or anything but his opinion was asked. Joe did not call a press conference to announce that he believes Haskins should sit a year.

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    TheGuru says:
    June 25, 2019 at 11:11 am
    Joe, when they want your opinion they will ask you for it. Those days are over. Unless Hoskins doesn’t grasp the offense, he’s gotta play ASAP. Philly thought the same thing about Wentz until Vikings offered up a #1 for Bradford. All he did was prove that he was capable of being a successful QB in the league.

  7. Haskins had a loaded team at Ohio State that made him look good. He also started only one season, that’s not enough time. He should sit for at least two years but I don’t see that happening. He will start by week 8.

  8. It’s almost always better to come along slowly than to be thrown to the wolves. Not always. But almost always. It isn’t as if Washington is going to be a contender in either case so do what’s best for the long term development of the quarterback.

  9. If Keenum and/or McCoy are winning games, then you have the luxury of sitting Haskins for the whole season. Optimally Washington makes the playoffs without Haskins taking a snap. So in that sense, I agree with Theismann, but that’s only one of the potential outcomes and perhaps not a likely one.

  10. realitypolice says:
    June 25, 2019 at 11:02 am
    Just in case you wanted to know what the Eighties thought.
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    You might want to take some notes, especially since the BUST rate for 1st round QBs back then was 1/3 or less of the 68.2%(and rising) it is today! 7 out of every 10 first round QBs today ARE BUSTS, you really think these coaches know what they’re doing when it comes to deveolping QBs into the NFL? They don’t because the stats don’t lie!

  11. Well, the worst thing to do is ruin his confidence. The Redskins will be lucky if they start 1-4. The fact that the Redskins play @ NYG means an 0-5 start is more likely.

  12. The logic that a higher percentage of first round picks weren’t busts in the 80’s is flawed. It reflects the higher value teams have placed on a franchise qb and thus their willingness to gamble on non blue chip prospects in the first round. The past 10 years there have been an average of 4 first round QBs selected while in the 80’s it was 1.

  13. Paul says:
    June 25, 2019 at 2:19 pm
    NFL is not like it was 20 some years ago
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    You know you’re right! And that’s even more reason to keep these rookies on the bench for a season, the game is a lot more complex today, it’s a lot more about passing which means a whole lot more plays to memorize(teams have well over 200 plays and some have over 400) and more D’s to learn how to read not to mention all the pass patterns the receivers run that are timing routes while 20yrs ago most plays were hand-offs. It takes time to learn all of that and 99% of QBs aren’t going to process even 1/2 of it in the short time from starting training camp until the regular season. Unless of-course they have hypernesia.

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