Three additional takeaways from release of Dwayne Haskins originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
There's one, primary, blaring takeaway from Washington's release of Dwayne Haskins, and it's that Washington needed to release Dwayne Haskins.
With his second COVID protocol violation, he became a liability off the field, and with his performance versus the Panthers in Week 16, he proved that he was impossible to trust on it, too.
Beyond that, there are tons of other things worth noting, learning from and keeping in mind. So, let's list three additional takeaways here.
This was Ron Rivera's most significant personnel move yet
Before dropping Haskins, Rivera's trade of Trent Williams was the biggest example that he had control of his roster and, more importantly, Dan Snyder didn't. Trading Quinton Dunbar and getting rid of Derrius Guice were other indicators of the coach's power.
Well, not even waiting until the end of the season to detach himself from a first-round quarterback that Washington's owner reportedly pushed hard for really hammers home that point. The hammer just blasted through a wall, actually.
Sure, when Rivera first demoted Haskins in early October, it proved that Snyder had stepped aside. He's, apparently, really stepped aside, though.
Now, it'll be on him to allow Rivera to pick his next passer as well. If he doesn't, whatever encouragement has come out of this development will immediately be undone.
The rest of this roster feels really easy to get behind
Haskins may be a bad quarterback, but he's not a bad person. He's got things he needs to fix — clearly — but it's not like he was a total jerk during his time with the franchise.
Even so, he did divide the fan base, and it got to a place where merely mentioning his name could set off an argument. He was essentially as polarizing as an athlete can be, especially one with such a limited career.
With him no longer on the Burgundy and Gold, is there anyone else to be so critical or get so upset about? Yeah, Steven Sims could stand to be a smarter punt returner and Jeremy Reaves isn't the most reliable safety, but all of the main attractions moving forward — from Terry McLaurin to Chase Young to Antonio Gibson to Kendall Fuller to Montez Sweat and so on — are extremely likable.
That doesn't add up to wins on its own, but it will make the wins sweeter, since the ones who'll be responsible for them are, well, so pleasant.
There's talking about something and then there's doing something
Consider this quote that came from Haskins in a June 10 Zoom presser with the media, in which he referred to certain adjustments he made in order to become more dialed in to his profession.
"It's with everything in life: I just wanted to be a man about my business and that's on and off the field. Now that I've turned 23, still being young, still growing, I just wanted to — whatever there were, questions about immaturity or lack of whatever it was — I was going to change that."
It was that sort of honesty that provided some hope that he had realized what he did in his rookie year wasn't nearly enough and he'd come back in Year 2 more dedicated, less distracted and, overall, better.
And then none of that happened.
Perhaps even worse than that above statement is the exchange Haskins had with reporters after he finished off Washington's Week 14 win over the Niners where he declared this: "I would say the biggest growth that I've had has just been as a person."
Seven days later, he was caught partying without a mask following the Seattle loss.
Haskins' words almost always outweighed his production, and that became especially true in the past few months. Maybe he'll be able to correct that in the future. Maybe. He just won't be doing it in Washington.