Louis Riddick on Haskins: 'He's been set up to fail from day one'' originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Did head coach Ron Rivera give up on second-year quarterback, Dwayne Haskins because he didn't draft him?
ESPN's Louis Riddick believes so.
On Thursday's episode of ESPN's Get Up, Riddick delivered a powerful rant regarding the Washington Football Team's benching of Haskins and didn't hold back from taking shots at the organization itself.
.@LRiddickESPN thinks Washington threw Dwayne Haskins' development "to the wolves."— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) October 8, 2020
"Quite honestly I think he needs to move on and get to a better organization ... otherwise his career is going to be messed up." pic.twitter.com/zCHTNSY6AW
"I think we know when Dwayne Haskins was drafted by the Washington Football Team we knew that Dwayne, individually, was very young in his development still," Riddick said. "He needed to go to a stable organization that had everyone pushing him from behind, everyone supporting him in unison, in terms of providing an environment and a structure in which this young man can build from, and realize his vast, enormous talent."
"That has not been the case from day one. He's been set up to fail from day one."
Riddick went on to question Rivera's decision in relation to the fact that Haskins has been placed in less than ideal situations his first two seasons, already having to adjust to two different coaching staffs, playbooks, offensive philosophies, and a mediocre supporting cast of weapons.
"There is no question the foundation has not been set for him to succeed at this point in his career. He's had two different coaching staffs, an offseason that he really didn't have time to dig into a playbook he's used to, he didn't have time to get together with his teammates in a normal environment, and now they're making decisions based off the short term in terms of they believe in a putrid division this is the best decision they can make as far as their ability to compete," Riddick said.
"That right now is basically taking him, and his development, and just throwing it to the wolves, saying 'we're not necessarily concerned with your development, you're not my guy anyway, I didn't draft you, I'm not really responsible for developing you, so we're just going to have you sit over here while we try to compete in a division that right now is the worst in football."
As many other pundits have uttered during this time of Haskins in the news cycle, Riddick believes the 23-year-old's time in Washington should come to an end soon if he hopes to have any sort of success in the NFL.
"Quite honestly I think he needs to move on and get to a better organization, where he has better teachings and surroundings," Riddick said. "Otherwise his career is going to be messed up."