Callahan states obvious in naming Haskins the starter

Ben Krimmel
November 12, 2019 - 12:01 pm

The Washington Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan said it all in just three words when he announced rookie Dwayne Haskins would be the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season: "Let’s face it..."

There's your answer. He didn't complete the thought, but it was clear for everyone: The Redskins are 1-8, the writing is on the wall, the team is going nowhere fast. Let's face it this is about next year. 

"Let's face it, let’s give Dwayne an opportunity," Callahan said Monday. "We’re at a juncture where we don’t want to be record-wise, so this is a good opportunity for him to take advantage of every rep practice-wise and game-wise so we can see growth in his play.”

With the announcement of a starter now officially official, the Redskins can focus on the one thing that truly matters.

"All that matters is trying to develop Dwayne Haskins going forward," John Auville said on The Sports Junkies Tuesday. "2019 is a completely lost season, it's a punt season, this is your evaluation mode. This is when (Mike Shanahan) went to the podium a few years back... they were dead, they were circling the bowl, Shanny said, 'It's evaluation time.' This is Shanny evaluation time. Right here, right now for the Skins."

The Junkies' Eric Bickel was fine with letting Haskins sit for the year before the season, but things have changed.

"Let's just see what we got. He didn't throw-up all over himself in his last opportunity, maybe there's something to build on there," Bickel said. "I think it's great now to give him these seven games, you got nothing to lose."

"For me, the only the way he doesn't play every single game is injury," Auville responded. "I don't care how much he struggles, I don't care how bad he looks, if he has rough patches and bad stretches, you let him work through it. You just let him go out there and deal with whatever comes his way. He's gonna need to learn to adapt to it."

Callahan is ready for the ups and downs of the rest of the season.

"We’ve got a lot of confidence in Dwayne. He's worked hard, he's smart, he studies, prepares, so this will be a great opportunity for him going forward," he said Monday.

“The consistency factor is huge when you’re a young player,” Callahan added. “It’s just the growth development, the experiences that they’re learning from, the ability to take it from the classroom to the grass more effectively and efficiently, without repetitive errors.”

Now if the results on the field improve, but wins do not follow, what should the Redskins do with a top pick (potentially top-3) in the 2020 NFL Draft?

"I'm all about auctioning that pick off to whoever wants to come up and take Tua (Tagovailoa) or Joe Burrow," Auville said on 106.7 The Fan. "If you're gonna stick with Haskins, which I think is what you should do, you shouldn't punt away the 15th pick in the draft after one season, auction off that pick. This roster needs a lot of help. It doesn't just need the fourth player in the first round." 

However, if the wins do not come and Haskins struggles, this calculation could change. But all of that points to why Callahan's comments, though obvious, were important. Let's face it, the Redskins need a plan. They need one now.


Listen to the full conversation on Dwayne Haskins from The Sports Junkies here at (18:00):

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