Haskins is deferring to Rivera on timeouts, but Cooley wouldn’t have originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
For the second straight loss, Washington elected not to take timeouts late in the fourth quarter while down double digits.
Head coach Ron Rivera has been steadfast in his logic to not extend games: He has a young team and he doesn't want guys getting hurt in improbable comeback scenarios.
On Wednesday, Dwayne Haskins got asked about not calling timeouts late in games. The quarterback, like he should, had nothing to say.
"Coach Rivera’s decision is the timeouts and the clock management. I'm just doing my best to manage the game," Haskins said.
That's absolutely the right thing for Haskins to say. He's a second-year player that needs to prove he is the franchise quarterback.
But according to former Washington tight end and team broadcaster Chris Cooley, an older player should have stepped up in that role.
Another former Washington player disagreed. Fred Smoot said that calling timeouts doesn't make sense for Washington at this point because "we're bad." Smoot's comments came via the team's post-game broadcast after the 34-20 loss in Cleveland.
Rivera, speaking on the Washington Football Talk podcast, hinted that Haskins' struggles in Cleveland made it harder to believe a two-touchdown comeback could happen in under five minutes. At that point, Haskins had already thrown three interceptions.
Reasonable people disagree, often.
The timeout debate might not end anytime soon, and Rivera doesn't seem to care in the slightest.