Bill Callahan: Dwayne Haskins not a candidate to start right now

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Washington team president Bruce Allen said on Monday that all quarterback decisions will be made by interim head coach Bill Callahan and Callahan was asked about his plans for the quarterback position in this week’s game against the Dolphins in his initial press conference later in the day.

Callahan said he’s not ready to name a starter for the game against Miami, but he did rule out one of the three choices on the 53-man roster. Callahan said that while first-round pick Dwayne Haskins will be the team’s starting quarterback at some point, he is not a candidate to start “right now.”

That will leave Callahan to make a choice between Colt McCoy, who started on Sunday, and Case Keenum. Keenum started the first four games, but was benched in Week Four and was inactive Sunday after being listed as questionable with a foot injury.

Callahan said that he wanted to give Haskins more work in practice in preparation of his eventual ascension to the top job, but offered no timeline on when he thought the quarterback might be ready for that promotion.

44 responses to “Bill Callahan: Dwayne Haskins not a candidate to start right now

  1. Haskins isn’t ready. If you put him in there now he will not do well (as we’ve seen) and lose any confidence. Another lost season for the Skins…

  2. Why is it such a question on whether Haskins can start now or not? Best to let him sit. Mahomes and Rodgers both sat, Rodgers for more than one year. Not saying he’s going to be great, but c’mon. Let him sit.

  3. Their next game is Miami. Why not let him start against the worst team in the League. That Miami defense made Lamar Jackson look like John Elway. Rodgers sat for Favre and Mahomes sat for Alex Smith – tw0 QBs who were, at the time, performing well. Are you really going to sit Haskins in favor of McCoy or Keenum? Is he really going to learn by watching those guys play?

  4. How fragile is Haskins’ ego where he can’t learn on the job, knowing he’ll make mistakes??? So we wait until next year to see if he can play at all? I guess all the other positions will be sured up by then??? Come on. Put him in. We need to know if he sucks or not.

  5. nflfollower says: “Why is it such a question on whether Haskins can start now or not? Best to let him sit. Mahomes and Rodgers both sat, Rodgers for more than one year. Not saying he’s going to be great, but c’mon. Let him sit.”

    Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Brett Favre all did as well. I would never succumb to the media when they push for these rookie QB’s to start. I don’t think the fans want it as much as the media wants the story.

  6. Has Ohio State ever produced a NFL Quarterback ?
    Every QB to come from there ends up trying to play another position….Just another wasted draft pick

  7. I agree with sitting him however most of the quarterbacks mentioned in this thread sat behind some very good players. Not Keenum and Colt McCoy so I wouldn’t expect similar results.

  8. That is not the issue, The issue is getting Dan and Bruce to understand that is the issue. The other problem is Haskins (even though i think he’s as good as Geno Smith) was brought into the wrong environment. Anyone outside of the DC area doesn’t understand that Haskins is a local kid that is viewed and championed in the area like He’s Tom Brady, has been since highschool. He will never be Humbled as long as he’s in this area and as long as you got guys like Dan/Bruce in charge of him, he’s going to end up like RG3.

    riggo08 says:
    October 7, 2019 at 3:11 pm
    Haskins isn’t ready. If you put him in there now he will not do well (as we’ve seen) and lose any confidence. Another lost season for the Skins…

  9. Everyone knew at the time of the draft that Haskins needed to sit for a year or at least most of a year. This isn’t even a controversy. It’s best for Haskins to sit for now.

    That said, getting him some practice reps aside from the scout team would be a nice place to start, and that should probably start right now.

  10. “Another lost season for the Skins…”

    You might as well frame that statement and keep it on your wall as long as Snyder owns the team

  11. fjbuon says:
    October 7, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    How fragile is Haskins’ ego where he can’t learn on the job, knowing he’ll make mistakes??? So we wait until next year to see if he can play at all? I guess all the other positions will be sured up by then??? Come on. Put him in. We need to know if he sucks or not.

    ———

    He set Big Ten records for passing yards and touchdowns in the only season he played at Ohio State. Obviously, he doesn’t suck. But he’s young, and they believe he can gain from sitting a year.

  12. Wow, the sickly sweet smell of burning garbage still all too familiar in DC. Is there some mechanism the NFL can use to throw one of these privileged billionaires out. He’s been nothing but a blight to that franchise. I’m not a fan of the skins, but wow, time for this to end.

  13. The Fins traded good players for draft picks in hopes of getting a really high pick in next year’s draft. We knew they would be bad. What is Washington’s excuse?
    Sad thing is that I think Washington is actually worse.

  14. Troubling to me is the entire concept of ‘tanking’…troubling also is the percentage of thumbs up in the comments….how is this advancing the very concepts that sports can and should consistently teach?..I was always led to believe that you gave it your all, Everytime…. regardless of the outcome….someone please explain!!

  15. This settles the debate once and for all on who should have been drafted higher. So far Daniel Jones has looked like Peyton Manning with wheels and Haskins has looked like Byron Leftwich.

  16. It’s not about the kids ego. It’s about him getting shell shocked like David Carr, and never learning when to move in pocket and when to throw it away. He’d either hold it forever and take a million sacks or be Danny Dump Off.

  17. Haskins could very well be the next Josh Rosen as they work their way to the #2 overall draft pick.

    They might very well be in a spot next spring when a far, far better QB prospect is just sitting there for them.

    Hebert and Fromm …and maybe Burrow…..are all on the radar in the early first round.

  18. This team never sticks with a plan and this isn’t going to be the first time. He’ll start before the season is over. Either due to injury or Snyder will get antsy and decide he wants to see him out there.

  19. Why in the world would you ever trot Haskins out their to get his brains beat in on a team that is obviously going nowhere? That would be as stupid as leaving your obviously injured franchise QB in a playoffs game when he can barley walk upright… ok….wait a second …. Haskins will be announced as the week after next starter. [Remember, the definition of insanity is making the same mistakes over and over and expecting different results]. I’m a Browns fan and I seriously feel for the Washington Redskins fans because that light at the end of our tunnel is another oncoming train (wreck). John Kent Cooke is not rolling in his grave, he’s in the spin cycle.

  20. Explaining tanking: Everyone can give it all and still tank.

    A GM who is giving it all for long-term success might sacrifice short-term success by trading top players, or merely valuable players, for draft picks.

    The coach then can give it his all trying to win with diminished talent.

    And then players can give it their all, even though all of their talent isn’t likely to be enough to create a winning team at the current time.

    Three levels of a team, all earnestly giving it their all, and still tanking. You can have a tank where everyone gives it their all.

  21. First, Washington has always been the team you went to to cash in and check out. That is since 1999 as Snyder always overpays or overdrafts or hires an offensive coordinator with no experience as his head coach (see Zorn). More than likely, Haskins was drafted too high due to Danny Boy. At least Washington will be in good position to draft a QB next year or trade down and stockpile picks that will hopefully bring up their team talent level. Why would anyone with a choice join the Redskins? Maybe they should change their name to the ‘Fog’ or the ‘Grays’ so players wouldn’t realize they were going to Washington?

  22. Haskins is not close by all indicators. I think in reading between the lines, that the kid came into the league with a massive deficiency in the X’s & O’s or understanding of how offenses and defenses operate. It sounds like he’s in school right now and he’s got a whole lot of learning to do before you throw him to the wolves… Certainly, the New England game was not the game to start him.

  23. nflfollower says:
    October 7, 2019 at 3:13 pm
    Why is it such a question on whether Haskins can start now or not? Best to let him sit. Mahomes and Rodgers both sat, Rodgers for more than one year. Not saying he’s going to be great, but c’mon. Let him sit.
    ___________________________________________________
    Let him sit and observe career back-ups playing QB?

  24. Yo Haskins, you do know that Jones is staring for the Giants, right?
    Yeah, you know, the man you were so disdainful toward on draft day.
    He was the 6th pick, you remember that, right?
    Yeah.

  25. Daniel Jones was thrown into the breach and seems to have what it takes to be an NFL QB. The recent picture of clueless Dwayne Haskins sitting on the bench and bemoaning his fate while his OC is trying to coach up QB Case Keenam is telling. Telling me never wanted Haskins to be the face of my franchise.

  26. riggo08 says:
    October 7, 2019 at 3:11 pm
    Haskins isn’t ready. If you put him in there now he will not do well (as we’ve seen) and lose any confidence. Another lost season for the Skins…
    —————-
    No disrespect intended, but I’ve always wondered about the “losing confidence” argument for not starting a rookie. Go back and look at Troy Aikman’s rookie season or Peyton Manning’s rookie season.

    I think if a guy has the make up needed to be an elite quarterback, he can certainly survive a rough patch at the beginning of his career.

  27. They drafted the classic college style running quarterback. Can’t read a defense. Doesn’t know the Xs and Os. Athletically gifted but never been a leader getting the team in and out of a huddle. In short, a long term project highly unlikely to pan out. The Redskins are going to be bottom dwellers for a long, long, long time.

  28. Haskins started 1 year at Ohio state he needs time and a steady coaching staff. Remember, look what Washington did to RG3.

  29. Let Haskins play, it isn’t like Keenum or McCoy are putting the Redskins on their shoulders and winning games. He needs to be in there learning on the job.

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