Greenberg: Redskins following blueprint to 'ruin' Haskins

The Fan News Desk
February 10, 2020 - 3:26 pm

The Redskins' handling of Dwayne Haskins is the "definition of how to ruin a young player," ESPN's Mike Greenberg railed on Monday.

"It has long been my contention that far more young quarterbacks in the NFL are ruined than developed," Greenberg said. "And I sincerely hope that has not already happened to Dwayne Haskins."

"If you wanted to look up a perfect method to ruin a young quarterback, you couldn't do it any better then they have done it," Greenberg stated. "From the moment they drafted him, when everyone on planet Earth wanted to make it clear the coaching staff didn't want him...

"But they didn't get rid of the coaching staff then, they waited until five or six games into the season to do it. So that everyone knew he was the object of this tug-of-war between ownership and the head coaching. Then he's in there, he's not in there. They're married to him. They're not married to him."

Greenberg's rant comes after Redskins Senior VP of Player Development Doug Williams spoke with reporters last Friday at a community event in D.C., telling reporters Haskins still has "a long way to go."

Haskins was selected by the Redskins 15th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft despite the fact that not everyone was on board with the pick.

Then-head coach Jay Gruden opted to start the season with veteran Case Keenum at quarterback. 

Haskins didn't take the field for the Redskins until Week 4 in New York against the Giants. Haskins came into the game with 6:35 left in the first half, facing a 14-0 lead, after not receiving any first-team reps in practice the entire week. Haskins struggled against the Giants, throwing three interceptions in the 24-3 loss.

Haskins continued to sit until Week 8 – after Gruden's firing – when he took over for Keenum, who left a Thursday Night game against the Vikings with a concussion. Haskins finished the night 3-for-5 with one interception. 

His first career start came the following week on the road against the Bills. He completed 15-of-22 passes in a 24-9 loss. 

After the Week 10 bye, Haskins started the Redskins' following game against the Jets. The Redskins got outplayed by Sam Darnold, losing 34-17 at home.

Haskins would lead the Redskins to two-straight wins in Weeks 12 and 13 over the Lions and Panthers, respectively. 

The Redskins would go on to lose their final four games, finishing the season at 3-13.

The team brought on Ron Rivera to fill the void at head coach at the start of the offseason. Rivera opted to name Scott Turner as the team's offensive coordinator and Ken Zampese as the QB coach.

Williams told reporters that the coaching staff knows that "Haskins is the starting quarterback." He then put it on Haskins to get accustomed to the new playbook this summer and get ready for next season.

"Dwayne has a long way to go," Williams told reporters. "But like I told him, he was doing what we expected him to do. He was ascending. Hopefully the way he goes now, he keeps going up. All eyes are going to be on him. At the same time you've got a new coaching staff and they're not married to him. ... He's got the ability to do what any coach wants him to do."

"They didn't want him in the first place, and if you didn't want him, you shouldn't have taken him," Greenberg continued, "because that is a kid with a lot of talent who needed to be developed."

"He played so little football it's ridiculous, and what they are doing is the definition of how to ruin a young player."

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