Ron Rivera: We’ll go into camp believing Dwayne Haskins is the starter

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Washington head coach Ron Rivera has talked about having a competition for the starting quarterback job since taking the job early this year.

He’s talked about a healthy Alex Smith potentially being a foil for Dwayne Haskins and left the door open for the team to draft a quarterback in April. The team traded for one of Rivera’s former Panthers quarterbacks in Kyle Allen last week and Rivera put him into the competition pool, although he added that Haskins would go into such a competition in the No. 1 spot.

“That’s what we’re going into camp believing, but they’re going to compete,” Rivera said on WFNZ, via Football Morning in America. “We really like what we have in terms of our young quarterbacks. Kyle a young guy who has a live arm, understands the game, understands how we do things, so I’m excited about what the potential could be.”

Allen started more games than Haskins during the 2019 season, but doesn’t have the perceived upside that comes with Haskins being a first-round pick last year. While that pick was made by a different regime in Washington, it sounds like it still gives him a leg up going into next season.

12 responses to “Ron Rivera: We’ll go into camp believing Dwayne Haskins is the starter

  1. As a Redskins fan, I don’t see us taking Chase Young because we have Kerrigan and Sweat on the edges. Chase Young appears to be amazing, I don’t think his position is a priority for the team. Trade down and take OL, or go all-in and draft Tua.

  2. This is an example of Coach speak. “That’s what we’re going into camp believing, but they’re going to compete,” Haskins is going in as #1.( Although we also have a guy that I traded for, who has a little more experience, knows and understands and has successfully implemented in my system). If I were Haskins and Smith, I would learn that system fast and well. Because #1 can quickly change.

  3. A Perceived upside of being a #1 pick? Really? Washington blew it and they know it. Haskins would have been a 2nd at best pick for any other team. This is what happens when Napoleon runs the team instead of letting the people he hired to do so.

  4. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    March 30, 2020 at 8:04 am
    This is an example of Coach speak. “That’s what we’re going into camp believing, but they’re going to compete,” Haskins is going in as #1.( Although we also have a guy that I traded for, who has a little more experience, knows and understands and has successfully implemented in my system). If I were Haskins and Smith, I would learn that system fast and well. Because #1 can quickly change.

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    Haskins? Yes. Alex Smith? No. He will never play again. The only reason he hasn’t retired is because he’s getting paid 25 mill/yr to rehab.

    There is no situation where sitting your 2nd year 1st round QB for a 36 QB who hasn’t played since suffering a horrific injury 2 years ago works out for the team.

    This being the Redskins though, they would show no faith in their young QB and trot out Alex Smith only to have him carted off the field in the 2nd half after suffering another bad injury behind the porous offensive line.

  5. I don’t know if Haskins will make it in the NFL or not, but this would drive me crazy if I was a Washington fan. If they jettison Haskins then they threw away a first round pick for nothing. Just like the Cards did with Rosen.

    These picks, even if they are mid or late first rounders, are supposed to be a team’s way to improve and build their organization. Throwing these players away is just a pointless waste and really makes these organizations look foolish.

    It’s different from a first round bust – which are fairly common, as we all know. A bust at a non-QB position will usually get a few years to try to prove himself. Drafting a QB then ditching them after one year is just ridiculous. And I know they haven’t ditched Haskins yet, but it sure feels like he’s headed out the door.

  6. Maybe Haskins will work hard and take the game seriously? Or time for more selfies and such?

  7. Rivera didn’t draft Haskins and has no relationship with him. Allen played for Rivera and initially did well. Given that Haskins supposedly had a very difficult time learning ex coach Gruden’s playbook, Rivera has to be leaning towards Allen, who knows his playbook.

    If there is a shortened off season, don’t be surprised if Allen is the game 1 starter.

  8. “As a Redskins fan, I don’t see us taking Chase Young because we have Kerrigan and Sweat on the edges.”

    Kerrigan has one more year on his contract and will be 33 before the start of the season in 2021.

    Young may be the best pass rusher to come into the league in the last decade. You would pass him up because you have a 32 year old Ryan Kerrigan on the roster for one more year?

    I guess I know why the Redskins are the Redskins then.

  9. eagleswin says:
    March 30, 2020 at 9:03 am

    There is no situation where sitting your 2nd year 1st round QB for a 36 QB who hasn’t played since suffering a horrific injury 2 years ago works out for the team.

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    Except when the older QB is a proven winner who has come back from injury before to play at an even higher level, and your young QB has shown very little promise or leadership potential.

    *And* when you have the #2 pick in a QB-rich draft, where you can probably get a new QB who would be a better subject for potential Alex Smith mentoring than Haskins.

  10. Don’t stop believing…didn’t work so well for Tony Soprano. Even less likely to work for Dwayne Haskins

  11. The best we saw of Haskins-Robbins was that he was average at best. I don’t believe this guy has the skills or the talent to consume a roster spot. Draft a mid-level prospect and you’ll have effectively replaced a squandered 1st round pick! Move on. This will not improve. Haskins-Robbins is a sloth – slow to process and slow to react. For a mobile QB, he sure acts like a statue unless he decides to become a slow running back.

    The Numbskins have a real problem at QB. They don’t have one.

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