Things did not go great for Dwayne Haskins last season. Washington drafted him 15th overall to be the quarterback of the future, but with little cohesion among the former front office and coaching staff, things got off to an awful start.
Haskins didn't help himself much early on either. When he got on the field, the performance was bad, especially his first NFL game against the Giants when he threw three interceptions. Eventually, things improved, particularly his last two games where he combined for four touchdowns and no interceptions.
It was a volatile rookie season to say the least, but for at least one former NFL head coach it doesn't all fall on Haskins' broad shoulders.
What makes the quote from this story in The Athletic so great is both the bluntness and the objectivity. Haskins did beat out Joe Burrow in an open competition at Ohio State three years ago. Losing that battle drove Burrow to transfer to LSU and go on to win the national championship. Obviously Burrow improved, but don't forget that Haskins beat him out first.
And then last year, it's hard to fully process how screwed up the Washington situation was. Former head coach Jay Gruden had no interest in developing a rookie QB while he was coaching for his job. The team already had the Alex Smith injury on the books, and traded for veteran Case Keenum to compete with veteran backup Colt McCoy. Haskins did not walk into an easy situation, and plenty of reports suggested he did not get up to NFL speed quick either. Then there were questions about the coaching staff's commitment to working with him.
It was a mess.
By October Gruden was fired. By November Haskins was starting. By December, he was actually playing well.
2019 is over, and for the Washington Football Team and for Dwayne Haskins that's a very good thing. 2020 is Haskins chance to prove what's he's got.
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