After four games, Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera had seen enough of quarterback Dwayne Haskins to decide he wasn’t the answer.
Rather than waiting for the former first-round draft pick to develop better study habits and eliminate the consistent inconsistencies in his game, Rivera decided he owed it to the rest of the locker room to move forward with someone else at football’s most important position. With Haskins no longer in the picture, Washington slowly began to turn around their season and –amazingly — a playoff appearance is no longer viewed as crazy talk.
But football seasons are a marathon and nothing is ever easy in Washington, so Rivera and friends suddenly find themselves in a situation where they’re once again forced to turn to Haskins. Rest assured, if he had a healthy alternative, Rivera would have happily handed them the football for Washington’s pivotal matchup against the Seattle Seahawks as the franchise looked to extended its four-game winning streak. Alas, these are the cards the Riverboat gambler were dealt in Week 15.
Predictably, without Alex Smith or even Kyle Allen behind center, and with dynamic running back Antonio Gibson also injured, Washington never really had a chance offensively, which is a shame because the Football Team’s defense keeps them in every contest. Ultimately, Haskins missed open receivers, struggled with situational awareness and turned the ball over too often (two interceptions and a fumble) to prove he deserved his latest last chance. In related news, Washington is now 1-4 in games started by Haskins on the season.