JUNKIES: Will 'Dan and Bruce' factor in Skins QB competition?

Ben Krimmel
May 10, 2019 - 12:44 pm

Football is back. (Well, not really football, but there are football players on a football field doing some things that vaguely resemble football.) So yes, in a way, football is back!

The Washington Redskins open rookie minicamp Friday and the football players to take the field include their 10 draft picks, eight undrafted signings, 44 tryout players and seven first-year veterans. 

With top draft pick Dwayne Haskins already signed to his rookie deal and the No. 7 jersey "controversy' settled, the real business of the offseason can begin: the quarterback debate. 

With Alex Smith and Colt McCoy still out, it will be a competition between Haskins or veteran Case Keenum?

The answer to the key question will remain unknown for some time and will likely play out on the field during training camp and the decision will likely reside with head coach Jay Gruden

But what about the "Dan and Bruce" factor? What if owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen put pressure on Gruden?

"So there's no question everybody in the organization wants to win," Eric Bickel of The Sports Junkies said. "But Dan and Bruce also want to get butts in the seats and they want to see Dwayne out there, there's no denying that either. So how does Jay balance that?"

"That is the curveball that I can't really speak to beyond a hypothetical," 106.7 The Fan Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman answered Friday. "'Cause Dwayne Haskins, I think, is gonna look impressive in training camp to the uneducated eye, we'll call it."

Bickel interjects: "Right, to Dan's eye and Bruce's eye."

Hoffman says he meant more fans and how the public may pressure Snyder to go to Haskins, who has a very impressive arm.

"Fans are going to be wowed and they're going to be like, 'Oh, my god we have to play Haskins.' And if Dan starts getting like that and gets really antsy and is like, 'We have to play Haskins,' then, I don't know what happens," Hoffman said Friday. 

That is not a great sign for Redskins fans. 

While Hoffman said the coach ultimately decides the players, Bickel believes "Jay will buckle" under the pressure from ownership.

"He might not have a choice," Hoffman said. "But if I'm Jay at this point and you feel like you're going to lose and get fired anyway, do you do one of two things. You stand up and say, 'No, I'm the coach I decide the players. (Haskins) is going to lose us more football games than this other guy. And you're going to fire me anyway, so fire me now.' Or does he say, 'Well, OK, I'll play Haskins, but you better extend my contract.'"

 But, Hoffman points out, there is a curveball to the curveball: Allen and the Redskins front office acquired Keenum this offseason.

"It's not like this is a new administration coming in with a veteran quarterback that's been around that they didn't pick. They picked Case Keenum," Hoffman said. "There isn't this need to kick out the guy whose been here because Case hasn't been here (before)."

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