Kyle Allen to start at QB for Washington this week

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Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera said last week that he wasn’t going to pull the plug on Dwayne Haskins after a four-turnover performance in a loss to the Browns.

Haskins did not turn the ball over at all while going 32-of-45 for 314 yards and running for a touchdown in a 31-17 loss to the Ravens in Week Four, but Rivera has decided to pull the plug. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Kyle Allen will quarterback the Football Team in Sunday’s game against the Rams.

We’ll have to wait to hear from Rivera to learn why he decided to make the move at this juncture. Haskins wasn’t great against Baltimore by any means, but he did less to hurt the team than he did in Week Three. Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner are very familiar with Allen from their time together in Carolina and that likely factored into the decision.

Alex Smith is also on the roster and moving away from Haskins could eventually lead to his first game action since the 2018 season. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports he’ll be the backup this week.

35 responses to “Kyle Allen to start at QB for Washington this week

  1. Kyle Allen that lost his last 5 games with NC and was benched for Will Grier. That guy? stupid is a stupid does …

  2. Way to groom your young first round draft pick quarterback Washington.
    He just passed for over 300 yards no interceptions 71 percent completion against the Ravens and that got him benched?

  3. If they’re done with Haskins, it’s not too late to “Lose for Lawrence” or “Fail for Fields”. Actually, scratch the Fields part. WFT fans still have the bad taste of over-hyped OSU QBs in their mouths, so they may opt for someone else.

  4. Way to groom your young first round draft pick quarterback Washington.
    He just passed for over 300 yards no interceptions 71 percent completion against the Ravens and that got him benched?

    Yes, because he should have thrown for 400 and 2-3 TDs.

  5. Surprised to see them bother doing this now. May as well ride it out and see what you either have or don’t in Haskins.

    That said…he has not consistently looked like and NFL starter. I get it…not a ton of weapons (though McLaurin and Gibson are both legit) and its still early in his career, but other rookie QB’s have at least consistently looked competitive. Dwayne just hasn’t.

  6. Looking at the stat line is meaningless if you haven’t actually watched the guy play…he’s a first round selection that qualifies as a ‘project’, which isn’t what you expect when you draft in the first round. I suspect Rivera wants to break this guy down and see how he handles it. Haskins’ mentality is definitely as an ‘entitled’ player instead of a player with a chip on his shoulder…Having said all that, I don’t see the skiins’ pulling the plug on this guy – at least yet, but he does need knocked down a few pegs….

  7. Kyle Allen isn’t an NFL starting caliber QB, he doesn’t even have the upside to be one.

    WFT isn’t a contender… why not given Haskins a longer rope? It seems like WFT has already decided he’s not the guy and never will be. With no preseason, a new coaching staff, and only a few games into the season, this decision seems premature.

    If they win 2 more games with Kyle Allen as QB… who cares. Seems like a larger sample size on Haskins would be more valuable.

    WFT doesn’t even seem to be in contention for the top QB in the draft, they’re not bad enough. Maybe they are with Kyle Allen…?

  8. It is the obvious decision to make. Haskins has not shown an ability to step up in the pocket. Instead, he tucks the ball and scrambles anytime he senses danger. Not a good look. Has a long long way to go before he is ready to be a starting NFL QB.

  9. So much for Dwayne proving all those teams that passed on him wrong, but we all knew this was going to happen eventually when Rivera brought his boy Allen up with him from Carolina.

  10. Alex Smith-if healthy-is by far the best quarterback on the team. He’s also mostly at the end of his career.

    I don’t think Washington has good options.

    Giving up on Haskins now might not be the best plan.

  11. I’m kinda shocked that Rivera will ride with Allen over Smith. Allen was a product of the team around him. His first five starts he was pretty good. When Cam went on IR the team didn’t win again. I think he’s in the “very good backup” category, but so far hasn’t shown he can be the man.

    On a different note, I wouldn’t focus on game performance as the only factor in Rivera making a move. He benched Cam for a series for not wearing tie (Cam was in a turtleneck and scarf, Cam gonna Cam) a few years back. Haskins could have reached for the buffet line before grace and that had been what triggered the change. In that game the backup threw a TD on the first play, sadly it was also an interception. Good luck Washington.

  12. Mitchell Trubisky, a #2 overall draft pick acquired with additional (and excessive) trade compensation, was benched during a 3-0 start. He’s not whining. He said he gave the coaches reason to bench him. When will we hear the same from Haskins?

  13. This makes no sense. How do you plan on grooming a young quarterback in a situation with no running game and no true No. 1 on the outside? Rivera just went with his guy at the end of the day. This looks bad.

  14. Benching Haskins – not a huge surprise.

    Not starting Alex Smith – this is the surprise. How is Kyle Allen possibly better? Or is AS not fully healthy yet?

  15. they didn’t want to sign Cam because they believed in Haskins…great decision making “Football Team”…ALL FAIL!!!

  16. “Kyle Allen that lost his last 5 games with NC and was benched for Will Grier. That guy? stupid is a stupid does …”

    The team is carolina panthers not nc panthers….also he came in for grier that game bc grier was terrible and he won that game. Kyle allen is a really good qb that was an undrafted rookie last year. He has the potential to be awesome and is gonna suprise alot of people. Very accurate qb as long as oline gives him time. Carolinas oline was terrible last year. I am posting as someone who watched all of allens games and like half of haskins games.

  17. youngnoize says:
    October 7, 2020 at 11:24 am
    This makes no sense. How do you plan on grooming a young quarterback in a situation with no running game and no true No. 1 on the outside? Rivera just went with his guy at the end of the day. This looks bad.
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    You named literally the two things they DO have. Gibson may be a rookie but he is clearly a very good RB and ‘the guy.’ As for WR1…McLaurin is that and has been since the day he walked on the field. The eye test, the #’s and what he’s doing despite having no QB and no one to take the pressure off of him are all the proof needed.

  18. Kyle Allen has the physical tools to be a Starting QB. I watched him as he filled in for Cam Newton. He has talent,… he just needs to have the game slow down for him and eliminate the mental mistakes that most young QB’s normally deal with. This isn’t about the 2020 season. It’s about the future. WFT is going nowhere this season. You might as well find out what you have for talent. And QB is the most important position on any team. Figure out if you have that talent now,… so when the 2021 draft rolls around you’ll know if you need a QB in round 1.

  19. Actually I’d love to Fail for Fields. I feel he’ll be great, but Allen will likely win bs the Giants twice and costing them Fields too!!!!

  20. Ryan Dubose says:
    October 7, 2020 at 11:38 am

    The team is carolina panthers not nc panthers….also he came in for grier that game bc grier was terrible and he won that game. Kyle allen is a really good qb that was an undrafted rookie last year. He has the potential to be awesome and is gonna suprise alot of people. Very accurate qb as long as oline gives him time. Carolinas oline was terrible last year. I am posting as someone who watched all of allens games and like half of haskins games.
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    1. He didn’t come in for Grier. Will only played week 15 & 16
    2. Allen was a rookie in 2018
    3. Might be accurate…but can’t throw a deep ball to save his life!

  21. Kyle allen is a really good qb that was an undrafted rookie last year. He has the potential to be awesome and is gonna suprise alot of people. Very accurate qb as long as oline gives him time
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    No he’s not. He’s a below average quarterback at best, he’s not as lost as Haskins, but he’s not any teams future. Carolina doesn’t just let go franchise quarterbacks, in Washington he’ll have a worse offensive line, one WR to throw to, a young back who has McCaffrey potential, but isn’t there yet and no TE. He’ll beat the Giants and that’s likely it

  22. Seems premature to me. Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones have been just as terrible, if not moreso, and there’s not even talk of benching them.

  23. If NJ decided to bench Jones for Colt McCoy, you’d have to feel like his Giants career was over. With Washington, Haskins was never ready from the beginning. Not sure where Haskins fits in their future.

  24. There is no future with Kyle Allen, Smith is proven. Play Smith, we know what Kyle Allen is. Benching Haskins for Allen rather than Smith is a huge confidence killer and a head scratching decision.

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