Sources: Haskins is Redskins starter, even if Bill Callahan won’t say it

Craig Hoffman
November 06, 2019 - 10:57 pm
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Dwayne Haskins will be the Redskins starting quarterback moving forward, 106.7 The Fan has confirmed. 

SI’s Albert Breer reported the quarterbacks have been informed of the decision. A source told The Fan the decision was not announced to the entire roster.

Redskins head coach Bill Callahan refused to name a starter for the post-bye New York Jets game on Monday, saying “I haven’t decided anything at this juncture yet, so I’m going to take my time on that and look at a lot of different things because we’ve got some time.”

However, before that press conference, Haskins had already met with Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams, per a source familiar with the conversation. Haskins left that meeting under the impression he was the starter moving forward.

This would be far from the first time the Redskins front office and coaching staff did not see eye-to-eye. It’s also possible something was lost in translation and that Williams was simply encouraging Haskins as the organization’s future starter. However, a source tells 106.7 The Fan Haskins was under the impression he was the Redskins QB1.

What’s still unclear is why Callahan would have been reluctant to name Haskins the starter on Monday. According to NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay, Callahan has full control over the roster and who starts.

When pressed, Callahan repeated a non-answer.

”I just want to be real clear that I want to take time this week. We have some time in the bye to go back and look and evaluate and look at ourselves – self-scout evaluation – look at personnel evaluations. Again, like I said, I’m just going to go back to my original statement and take my time and make the decision next Monday.”

At 1-8, the Redskins are trying to win games, but have almost zero chance at making the playoffs. Going back to Case Keenum, who is on an expiring contract and is unlikely to be back next year, provides little help to the organization moving forward.

Meanwhile, Haskins has consistently responded well to more responsibility. Callahan and offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell have praised Haskins increased intensity after he was named the backup quarterback and how he responded to his first career start last week.

It would seem that, combined with his performance, this would be enough to install him and continue to put more on the rookie, but Callahan declined to do so on Monday.

The Redskins held a closed practice Wednesday afternoon and are now off until another closed practice on Monday. Callahan will speak after the session and players will as well in an open locker room. The Redskins next game is Sunday, Nov. 17 at home against the Jets.

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