Ryan Clark knocks decision to bench Haskins without full season originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
When Washington head coach Ron Rivera made the decision to make Kyle Allen the team's starting quarterback moving forward, Dwayne Haskins had just 11 starts to his name.
That has led some anaylsts to believe Rivera has pulled the plug on Haskins' development as a starting NFL QB too soon, including ESPN's Ryan Clark.
BS move by the @WashingtonNFL .... @dh_simba7 was not set up for success, & they are giving up on him without even a full season of starts. Crazy who teams will stick with and who they deem unsalvageable before truly giving them a chance.— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) October 7, 2020
Benching Haskins just four weeks into the season wasn't the only aspect of the move that frustrated Clark, however. Clark also brought up the way he was brought into the team, which certainly "was not set up for success" from the very start as former head coach Jay Gruden never wanted him to begin with.
He also defended his take to a few of his replies, raising some good points in the process.
Allen took over admirably after Cam Newton's left foot injury, winning four straight games after an 0-2 start. Still, Allen wasn't the savior for the Panthers' Newton-less offense last season, as he ended up losing seven of the team's next eight games as well as his starting spot to rookie Will Grier. Allen threw 15 interceptions and 10 touchdowns and was sacked 45 times (second-most in NFL) in that stretch.
Clark also defended the idea that a QB's maturation process should be given more time to learn from their mistakes than other positions.
When it comes to football “regardless of position” can’t be used when that position is QB. https://t.co/ekYpeqRKab— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) October 8, 2020
As the most important position in the sport, starting QB changeover will always be big news with hotly contested debate. Whether Rivera's decision will pay off in Washington wins in an open NFC East remains to be seen, but his faith that Allen is the better option right now was made clear on Wednesday.
"Based on his development and where [Haskins] is, we’re better off putting the ball in the hands of a guy who’s been in our system," Rivera said.
"I’m here to win, and now’s an opportunity to find out if I can win."