Riddick: Gruden set up Haskins for failure vs. Giants

Ben Krimmel
October 01, 2019 - 11:34 am
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The decision to play Dwayne Haskins against the New York Giants was one of the worst decisions of the year, former Washington Redskins executive Louis Riddick said Monday.

"Dwayne Haskins going into that game was really one of the worst decisions I've seen so far this year as far as how people are handling young quarterbacks," Riddick said during ESPN's "Monday Night Countdown."

Riddick placed the blame upon head coach Jay Gruden.

"All we have heard from the Washington Redskins all along from their coaching staff, in particular, was that 'He wasn't ready. He wasn't ready. He wasn't ready,'" Riddick said. "That's why Case Keenum has been playing. Case Keenum should have been made to finish that football game. He started it, he should have been made to finish it."

To Riddick, Haskins should not have been put into the middle of a game and especially one in which the Redskins were without several key players on offense including starting lineman Brandon Scherff, Chase Roullier, and Trent Williams or top receivers Terry McLaurin and Jordan Reed. The rookie out of Ohio State went 9-for-17 for 107 yards and tossed three interceptions. 

"Why would you put him in there under any circumstance?" Riddick said. "It reeks of an agenda, to me. OK, as far as saying, look, he's not ready to play, the team is suffering. You've heard all along going all the way back to the draft, about how there was dissension about front office wanted one guy, coaching staff wanted another guy. And that kinda thing right off that bat, do you think Dwayne Haskins doesn't hear that? Do you think he feels totally supported in this entire process?

"These are the kinds of things, I talk about all the time about setting people up for success. That young man right now is being set up for failure. And Dan Snyder needs to recognize that," Riddick continued. 

The former NFL executive said Snyder needs to recognize this problem.

"Hey, look, you just right now drafted another franchise quarterback and he's being set up to fail. He should have never went in that football game (Sunday). You some decisions to make about your franchise going forward cause we were just (in Washington) and did it look like a fan base that was very happy about how things were going?"

Gruden hasn't announced a starter for Sunday vs. the New England Patriots, but veteran Colt McCoy has entered the fray and could supplant both Keenum and Haskins. ESPN's Adam Schefter said he thinks McCoy is the favorite to start in Week 5.

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