Scott Turner says Haskins must be 'most committed guy in the building'

Ben Krimmel
January 16, 2020 - 11:54 am
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The most important position in football is again the most important offseason question facing the Washington Redskins.

Can second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins take the next step? And can new offensive coordinator Scott Turner help him get there? 

“All the physical tools that you want are there,” Turner said of Haskins Wednesday in a conference call. “He needs to keep getting experience and will be a really good player.”

And getting that experience is something the 22-year-old quarterback needs.

“The big thing for Dwayne is he hasn’t played a lot of football," Turner said. "He was a one-year starter at Ohio State and then just kind of played sparingly this past season, so all of the physical tools that you want are there and I think he needs to keep getting experience and will be a really good player.”

“You obviously see the big, strong guy who can stand in the pocket and really push the ball down the field,” Turner added. “We’re going to want to use a lot of play-action pass and then something also he’s done a good job of in his past and in college, too, is just being able to get the ball out quickly and kind of distribute the football to the playmakers and let them make the plays for him.”

But from what Turner has seen thus far, he is a fan.

“Obviously I looked at Dwayne coming out a year ago,” he said. “I was a really big fan of his coming out of Ohio State, had him rated pretty high. Looking at him, I felt like he got better as the year went on. He was a little bit more comfortable playing in the NFL. It is a big step."

The thing the new Redskins offensive coordinator is looking from his young quarterback: Commitment to his craft. 

"You've got to be the most committed guy in the building," Turner said. "Your teammates have to see that, the coaches have to see that because that is how you develop trust and that is how you develop leadership."

“If you’re the last guy in, the first guy to leave, you don’t have a mastery of the offense as a quarterback and you try to tell somebody else what to do or try to step into a leadership-type role it is not going to work and no one is going to listen to you,” Turner added.

“It starts No. 1 that the quarterback has to spend their time so he knows the offense better than anybody," he said. "Guys see when it is there and guys see when it is not.”

However, Turner is ready for the challenge and excited to be back in Washington, where is father Norv was the head coach for six years.

“It’s really a dream come true to be back here,” he said. “It’s pretty surreal, to be honest with you. “

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