Ron Rivera: By no means have I given up on Dwayne Haskins

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Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera benched quarterback Dwayne Haskins this week in a move that he said was not an “indictment” of the 2019 first-round pick.

It was hardly a rousing show of support, however, and the fact that Rivera wasn’t in Washington when Haskins was drafted would lead many people to think Haskins’ window with the team is closed. Rivera said that isn’t the case on Friday.

Rivera said “by no means have I given up on” Haskins, who is now the No. 3 quarterback with Alex Smith moving up to backup duty. Rivera said he wants Haskins to learn from Kyle Allen, who has more experience in the offensive system after playing for Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner in Carolina.

“A big part of it is watching and studying,” Rivera said, via John Keim of “Like today, he was back there behind the quarterback watching the reps, looking downfield. Just being involved, staying connected, which is important. . . . I’ve told you guys the only reason I’m doing what I’m doing is because of the circumstances and the situation we’re in right now.”

The situation Washington’s in is an NFC East where no team has won two games through the first four weeks of the season. Three of the next four games on the Football Team’s schedule are divisional matchups and Rivera said that factored into his decision to make the quarterback change at this point.

19 responses to “Ron Rivera: By no means have I given up on Dwayne Haskins

  1. Haskins has had time to show what he has. I don’t recall any starting rookie QB that was demoted to 3rd string and managed to come back as a starter.

  2. Actions speak louder than words. Should have spent 2+ years grooming him instead of putting him out there on a horrible team, with a horrible owner and no name. Just horrible.

  3. Probably should’ve shelved him to keep him hidden and tried trading him for a DECENT draft pick. I can’t imagine they’d get much for him now.

  4. Wouldn’t need a Mahomes to stand behind and watch. I think what we all love about the NFL = Not For Long. You either do or do not (there is no try) as Yoda said.

  5. mrbigass says:
    October 9, 2020 at 5:33 pm
    Haskins has had time to show what he has. I don’t recall any starting rookie QB that was demoted to 3rd string and managed to come back as a starter.
    Haskins has had time to show what he has??? Wasn’t he in college the beginning of 2019? Isn’t this an entirely new system and coach he’s playing for? When did 1 season become time to show what he has? With that said he hasn’t performed up to par but neither have a number of first round QB picks.

  6. Why honestly would anyone draft a QB from Ohio State? They never pan out in the pros. When the two best NFL QBs your school has produced are Art Schlichter and Mike Tomczak, you know you’re not exactly a quarterback factory.

  7. There’s at least 3 quarterbacks in the upcoming draft that are already projected to be better than Haskins. Maybe more.
    It’s worth it to tank for a draft position to get one of the QB’s.

  8. Haskins isn’t ready to play winning football. Rivera has better options available. Next year could be completely different. But it could also be that Haskins was just not a first round talent, and Rivera believes in putting the best players on the field. There have been plenty of highly drafted QB’s who have failed, and plenty of low draft picks who have succeeded. Belichick didn’t keep Tom Brady on the bench just because he was a 6th round pick. He benched a former #1 overall pick in favor of Brady. That worked out ok.

  9. Belichick did not exactly “bench” a “former first rounder” to start Brady – Bledsoe was nearly killed on the field, Brady went in and the rest is history. It’s not like Belichick knew what he had in Brady and benched Bledsoe. By the time Bledsoe was healthy enough to come back, Belichick realized he’d hit the QB lottery with Brady.

  10. Alex Smith helped groom Colin Kaepernick, and Kap led the 49ers to the super bowl his first time on the field, and right back to the NFC Championship game the second year. Alex helped groom Mahomes, and Mahomes won the league MVP his first time on the field and won the super bowl his second year. Alex Smith helped groom Dwayne Haskins, and Haskins was demoted to 3rd string his first time on the field. Is Alex losing his fastball, or will Haskins return and become an elite QB?

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