D-Hall in 'disbelief' that Rivera benched Haskins after just 4 games originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
DeAngelo Hall might call games for the Washington Football Team radio broadcast but that doesn't mean he has to agree with the team's decisions, particularly when it comes to Wednesday's move to bench quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
"It leaves me scratching my head," Hall said. "As a former player in that Washington locker room, as now a person who calls their games and I serve in the media, it leaves me in disbelief and almost dumbfounded."
Hall's comments came via NFL Network and the biggest thing that stood out for the former Washington cornerback was the contradictory nature of benching Haskins after just four games.
"Look I don't know if Dwayne Haskins can play or not. The point is I want to find out if he can. I just don't believe what that we've seen from him so far I can make that conclusion."
Washington Football head coach Ron Rivera named Haskins the starter in August, but prior to that, Rivera had preached open competition between Haskins and Kyle Allen.
As Rivera explained his decision to bench Haskins it's because of Allen's familiarity in the offense after playing in Carolina the last two seasons.
To Hall, that's old news.
"Everything that Coach Rivera said, we knew this going into the season," Hall explained.
"We knew that Kyle Allen understood this offense way better than Dwayne Haskins. We knew that Dwayne Haskins needed time to understand this offense and learn it and grow," Hall said. "So for four games to happen and the kid just had his best start as a pro and for them to say that's not good enough is what I hear."
Haskins did post his first-ever 300-yard passing game last Sunday against the Ravens, but it came in a 31-17 home loss that was not particularly competitive in the second half. Through four games to start this year Haskins completed 61 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and three interceptions. He also fumbled twice.
Rivera said he wants Allen in now to give Washington a chance to compete for the NFC East title.
To Hall, however, these decisions should have happened earlier.
"To me, we should have did that in training camp. We should have had a real competition and let Kyle Allen compete with Dwayne Haskins and see who won that," Hall said. "But by [Rivera] putting ultimate faith in Dwayne Haskins it led us to believe that he was the guy and this season was all about helping grow this franchise in the right direction."
Rivera believes he is moving the franchise in the right direction by going to Allen.
Clearly, D-Hall disagrees.