Jay Gruden not ready to start Dwayne Haskins because “season is not lost”

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As much as fans would love to see rookie quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Dwayne Haskins face off, Case Keenum will start for Washington again this week.

Jones made his first start Sunday, a victory over the Bucs, but Haskins has yet to see the field.

Washington’s 0-3 record and Keenum’s five turnovers Monday night has prompted questions about when Haskins finally gets his chance.

“Well, we’ve played three games, and there’s 13 games left in the season,” Washington coach Jay Gruden said Tuesday. “This season is not lost. It’s not over. I know everybody wants to say, ‘It’s over, and the season is over, so go ahead and play Haskins.’ We feel confident we can turn this thing around. I’m out here at practice every day. We’re out here at practice every day evaluating everybody. If we feel like Dwayne gives us the best chance to win in a coming game, we’ll definitely put Dwayne in there. If we feel like it’s Colt [McCoy] when he gets healthy, it could be Colt. Right now, we feel like it’s Case Keenum, and we’re going to move forward with him this week.”

Haskins completed 32 of 58 passes for 409 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions during four games in the preseason. As the 15th overall choice, he isn’t going to sit long, especially with Washington not winning.

“I think he’s still working,” Gruden said of Haskins. “It’s hard to get him reps with the number ones because you don’t have as much practice time this time of the year. During training camp and OTAs, you can mix it up pretty equally, but when you’re trying to get a starter ready to play in a game, it is hard to get Dwayne a lot of those reps against the ones. What you’re going to see is he is mainly doing scout team right now, but he is learning in the classroom. It is new for him as it is for every rookie quarterback in the NFL that is playing right now. Some of them are doing fine, some of them are struggling a little bit, but right now I think Dwayne is on pace. He just needs to continue to sit back and learn and continue to develop.”

69 responses to “Jay Gruden not ready to start Dwayne Haskins because “season is not lost”

  1. No QB can survive behind that terrible O line. Trade the LT and Schreff (G) for picks and build around Haskins for next year. Case wasn’t even back 2-3 steps before he had pressure last night.

  2. Case will not save your job Gruden… starting the rookie might show you’re looking towards the future rather than trying to save your own arse

  3. Every year I feel like Washington is going to bottom out but they keep managing to scrape together a mediocre season. Most years, Gruden seems like he gets somewhat decent play out of what is really a pretty poor roster outside of the front seven. Maybe this is finally the year they bottom out, but, to their credit, the Texans started last year 0-3 and made the playoffs anyway, so Gruden is right that the season isn’t over. Lose next week, though, and it probably will be.

  4. Wow, what a vote of confidence in your young QB. We’re only going to play you if we don’t care about winning or losing. and people wonder why Jay Gruden is in his last ever stint as a NFL head coach…

  5. This actually does make sense. The o-line is a wreck, and Keenum has not played poorly until the Bears game (they do that to a lot of QBs). Keenum is gone next year and Haskins can be the guy going into training camp. The coach will probably be someone else though…

  6. I never thought I would say these words, but for once, I don’t think this is the fault of the ownership and administration.

    I think the obscene numbers of injuries, the pressure from the job, and the losing culture have simply cracked Gruden and DC Greg Manusky.

    In this unusual case, I don’t think the team has quit on the coaches, I think the coaches have quit on themselves. And what’s even weirder is that it’s not (entirely) Dan Snyder’s fault.

  7. Trade the LT and Schreff (G) for picks and build around Haskins for next year. Case wasn’t even back 2-3 steps before he had pressure last night.
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    Good point, that’s the way to buld around Haskins: trade your Pro Bowl guard. The ONLY way to build around a young quarterback is to provide them with a solid line: see Luck, Andrew. The line looked terrible because the pro bowl right side kept having to compensate for the garbage left side. If you want to develop Haskins draft nothing but linemen.

  8. Nice message to send to your team. “When Haskins comes in, its over.”

    BINGO. Suggests that perhaps Gruden didn’t want to draft Haskins, eh?

    Not really surprised at this team’s 0-3 start, during the offseason training camp interviews, the Redskins sounded depressed even during hype interviews with softball questions.

  9. He does have a point. Two of the next three games are against the Giants and Dolphins. They realistically could go 2-1 in those games (the other is against the Patriots), then crawl their way back to almost .500 with games against the Jets, Bills, Panthers, and Lions in the middle of the schedule. That last month is tough though with @Packers, Eagles, and @Cowboys. But if they can’t beat the Giants this weekend, it’s over. I just hope Gruden doesn’t make Haskins go against the Patriots for his first start.

  10. After Keenum’s 5 turnovers, Gruden better do something. Haskins might not be ready, but how would Gruden know? His evaluation skills leave a lot to be desired.

  11. This is a great idea. Why get him killed! Tank, get the best Left tackle, and then start him. Throw him out there in garbage time a little this year to get his feet wet. Let’s not ruin the guy from the getgo.

  12. Jay only got a job as his bro ran the Bucs. Then he was on a joker Bengals team that fell into 1st place in 2013 as Steelers & Ravens both had 8-8 off years. But then got unceremoniously dumped out (26-10) by visiting Chargers in the Wildcard Round. Bizarrely that was deemed enough to be interviewed by 3 teams looking for a HC – as they all liked Jon Gruden’s ESPN analysis but were too cheap to tempt him out of the booth. And Jay? he’s .428 (as expected).

  13. Understandable if people are thinking the season is over given you have two telltale signs present: 1) It’s the Redskins and 2) A Gruden is coaching.

  14. It’s been said that you define insanity by doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. There must be a lot of insane people calling for the firing of Jay Gruden. Some of the very best football coaches in America have not been able to win under Dan Snyder. The only thing I blame Gruden for is taking the job in the first place.

  15. thirdistheworrd says:
    September 24, 2019 at 5:20 pm
    Trade the LT and Schreff (G) for picks and build around Haskins for next year. Case wasn’t even back 2-3 steps before he had pressure last night.
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    Good point, that’s the way to buld around Haskins: trade your Pro Bowl guard. The ONLY way to build around a young quarterback is to provide them with a solid line: see Luck, Andrew. The line looked terrible because the pro bowl right side kept having to compensate for the garbage left side. If you want to develop Haskins draft nothing but linemen.
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    You must have missed the 1st Q last then. I turned off the game after that mess. Case was a dead man walking from the 1st O play. That Guard didn’t help 1 bit. Let alone to pay min $13m a season.

  16. Ok, Dwayne, your gonna start this week. You good with that?

    Well, sure coach but I guess that means the season is lost now, huh?

    What? why would you think that? Of course not.

  17. Robert “HandyMan” Kraft says:
    September 24, 2019 at 6:49 pm
    Translation: Haskins isn’t the answer.
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    You know this after 0 games. You should be head of football operations for some team

  18. footballpat says:
    September 24, 2019 at 7:18 pm
    Robert “HandyMan” Kraft says:
    September 24, 2019 at 6:49 pm
    Translation: Haskins isn’t the answer.
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    You know this after 0 games. You should be head of football operations for some team

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    Washington should have an opening soon. I am planning on applying. Can I use you as a reference?

  19. Case Keenum wasn’t the reason the Redskins lost the last 3 games. It was due to terrible game-planning, terrible play-calling, terrible coaching. Maybe, just maybe, he’s protecting Haskins from getting destroyed, or maybe he can tell in practice since April that the kid has no clue and really isn’t ready, but can’t come out and say so.
    Not that I’m sticking up for Jay Gruden, but these are serious possibilities to be considered.

  20. Sorry this is going to be long..It’s kinda sad how people are so quick to bash Gruden but not their DC Greg Manusky. Only team to openly interview coordinators then stick with the bad one they’ve had but hired Rob Ryan as a LB coach like that’s going to fix everything. Did you guys forget what Case Keenum did the first 2 weeks? 601 passing yards, 5 TDs O turnovers, passer ratings over 100 each week against 2 good defenses….Yea let’s bash Gruden more and bench a qb after his worse career game against the defense that lead the league in turnovers last season..smart

  21. Whatever happened to that crazy homer Logical Voices? I don’t see him on here telling everyone how the Skins are going to play in the Super Bowl this year. Oh, that’s right… his MVP RGIII is playing elsewhere these days. Or at least holding a clipboard elsewhere now….

  22. Translation: This kid has no hope of being a QB in the NFL, or we’d be playing him. Bust before he ever takes a snap.

  23. I don’t think the coaches pick the QB’s in Washington. Let’s see what Gruden can do with Brady or Patrick Mahomes. Brees or Roethlisberger. Dak Prescott or Aaron Rodgers. Carson Wentz. Phillip Rivers. Russell Wilson. Even Josh Allen or Daniel Jones. Unless you have an elite QB, the odds are against you. In fact, it’s pretty much impossible. Do you Bill Belichick could win with Case Keenum? If you do, I have bridges for sale.

  24. Robert “HandyMan” Kraft says:
    September 24, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Washington should have an opening soon. I am planning on applying. Can I use you as a reference?

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    Washington has a few openings that get penetrated, violated and thoroughly wrecked every week.

  25. Yea … and idiots wonder why Mayfield was angry at Hue Jackson when he would NOT let him compete for the starting job. REALLY? The NFL needs to get over this DIVA QB crap and make changes as needed. The rest will be left behind. Tom Brady only got his shot because Drew Blesoe got injured. The GOAT may have never hit the field otherwise. Owners pay players. They also need to let coaches coach.

  26. el zilcho says:
    September 24, 2019 at 5:02 pm
    Case will not save your job Gruden… starting the rookie might show you’re looking towards the future rather than trying to save your own arse
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    I see it as the opposite– Gruden *knows* that he won’t be in Washington next year: I think he’s doing a favor to Haskins and the next coach by not throwing the rookie to the wolves this year. Whatever his record as a coach, Gruden is a legitimately nice guy.

  27. Shocked that Gruden came out for that game calling the deep drop back passes, did he want Keenum to succeed or fail? Deep drop back throws are not a recipe for playing against Bears’ D, More a recipe for injuring your qb. I wonder why the strategy changed for the second half?

  28. Haskins is not READY , what is so hard to understand about that ? Gruden is just going with the best chance to win a game right now and I agree with him , Keenum is the best chance no matter how slim .. I would love to see Haskins out there slinging it as much as anyone Gruden is trying to win and you haters hate on him for it … Also the Redskins have had to play 3 of the top defenses in the league so far with the 4th coming up after the Giants … after the Pats game then play Haskins , you don’t think the Giants knew Daniel Jones was better option than Eli at the start of the season ? They waited for the schedule to soften up before putting him out there. It’s not Jays offense that is letting the team down it’s that horrid defense that can’t get off the field !

  29. They’re doing a favor for Haskins by protecting him. No way, he should be playing behind that offensive line with no running game and a no true No. 1 at wideout. Just setting the kid up to fail. This is why you have a bridge quarterback like Case Keenum. The organization should be happy the Redskins are competing.

  30. On another note .. how has Kirk Cousins looked playing with better talent in Minnesota than the numbers he put up in Jay Gruden offense , get back to me on that. Haters !

  31. If by “not lost” he means they are still theoretically mathematically able to make the playoffs, he’s exactly right.

  32. Yea … and idiots wonder why Mayfield was angry at Hue Jackson when he would NOT let him compete for the starting job. REALLY? The NFL needs to get over this DIVA QB crap and make changes as needed. The rest will be left behind. Tom Brady only got his shot because Drew Blesoe got injured. The GOAT may have never hit the field otherwise. Owners pay players. They also need to let coaches coach.

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    Yeah cause ol Baker Mayfield has looked real solid this year huh .

  33. I know everyone loves when coaches “say what’s on their mind”, but maybe ol’ Jay should take a step back and consider how his words are interpreted. First, he says he didn’t activate Adrian Peterson because they weren’t going to line up in I formation and run the ball 50 times. Now, he basically admits Haskins isn’t good enough to play and can’t be relied on to win games since he will only put him in once the season is “lost”.

    Not that he’ll have to worry about doing press conferences as a head coach for very much longer.

  34. Haskins will be an embarrassment!
    He low wonderlic score lowest of all QBs in draft will keep him off the field unless they drastically simplify the offence!

  35. Jay Gruden not ready to start Dwayne Haskins because “season is not lost”
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    So is he saying the season MUST be lost before he will consider starting Haskins or that Haskins will be the reason that the season is lost?

    Either way not really a vote of confidence for Haskins.

  36. I dont blame Keenum for that last fumble(unless he called the play). Who called that reach over sneak? Terrible.

  37. If Alex Smith is still in that QB room, I wouldn’t throw him out there either. Alex Smith clearly had some “behind the scenes” effect on Mahomes. Let him watch film and learn to prepare with Alex and don’t throw him out there until you fix the o-line.

  38. vikesfansteve says:
    September 24, 2019 at 5:13 pm
    Weeds legal in MD & DC and Gruden is obviously visiting frequently.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Weed is not legal in Maryland. Google is your friend

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