Ron Rivera: Kyle Allen starts if healthy

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Alex Smith made his long-awaited return to the field on Sunday, but it doesn’t look like the Washington Football Team will be making him their starting quarterback.

Smith replaced Kyle Allen late in the first half after Allen went for a medical evaluation following a helmet-to-helmet hit from Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Allen was cleared to return, but Smith ran the offense the rest of the way in his first game action since a career-threatening leg injury in 2018.

Rivera said after the game that the decision was made out of an “abundance of caution.”

“He was still sore, but he was cleared to play,” Rivera said, via NBCSportsWashington.com. “Why risk putting him back out there and taking another big shot that might cause a little bit of damage? I didn’t want him to take another shot.

Allen was named the starter when Dwayne Haskins was benched this week and Rivera said after the game that he would remain the starter against the Giants as long as he’s healthy this week. He was 9-of-13 for 74 yards and a rushing touchdown before getting hurt. Smith was 9-of-17 for 36 yards and both quarterbacks were pressured often by the Rams defensive front.

6 responses to “Ron Rivera: Kyle Allen starts if healthy

  1. That do not make any sense. He didn’t want to risk Kyle Allen to come in and take any more hits but he kept a guy out that didn’t play in 2 years because of a devastating leg knee, playing in the rain behind a horrible offensive line.

  2. Before the pandemic I had never heard the term “out of an abundance of caution.” If I never hear it again, it would be totally fine with me.

  3. I know Haskins hasn’t been good but there has to be more to this story. The team is going nowhere even in this division so why not play Haskins?

  4. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 11, 2020 at 6:12 pm
    I know Haskins hasn’t been good but there has to be more to this story. The team is going nowhere even in this division so why not play Haskins?

    Because when you put a guy in that repulses the entire team, you risk seriously hurting a player ie no blocking. You also risk the rest of the team flipping the coaching staff the bird. Haskins needs to grow up from what I have read. That’s why you don’t play him.

  5. Yeah, Haskins is definitely not the problem. The team is lousy. Face it. Tear it down. Rebuild. That’s why in football you don’t hire a guy who got fired a week prior to do the same job.

  6. “Because when you put a guy in that repulses the entire team, you risk seriously hurting a player ie no blocking.”
    ____________

    After watching Allen and Smith get battered and run for their lives, are you saying the O-line hates ALL the quarterbacks on the roster? If Haskins isn’t getting along with teammates I see why Rivera would want to park him on the bench to adjust his attitude. Problem is, it’s tough to do that when your backups are so clearly inferior. Allen is closer to a 3rd stringer than a backup and Smith is about 3 years and his big injury removed from where he’d be able to start.

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