Hoffman: Keenum Will Get Benched; Haskins Not Ready

Three quarterbacks will play for Washington this season, Craig Hoffman says, and it will have nothing to do with injury

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
September 24, 2019 - 9:38 am
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The Washington Redskins are a mess. They are 0-3, will likely miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season, and Case Keenum committed five turnovers in a 31-15 loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.

And no, Dwayne Haskins is not coming to the rescue.

“(Jay Gruden) shut that down pretty quick,” D.C.’s 106.7 The Fan host Craig Hoffman said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “He said that he wants to see continuity and he reminded the media that nobody in this offense has really played together. Donald Penn and Erik Flowers, the left side of their offensive line, these guys haven’t played in this offense before. Case hasn’t played in this offense before. So to give him just thee games would not be fair in Jay’s mind.”

Wouldn’t be fair? In the NFL? Really? 

“I think on some level that’s a little bit of lip service,” Hoffman said. “The real issue with Dwayne Haskins playing is not Case Keenum; it’s Dwayne Haskins. Dwayne’s not ready to play. Had he proven himself worthy of playing during the spring and then during training camp, he would have gotten reps with the 1s and had a chance to win the job. He didn’t because he wasn’t good enough. Putting him out there tonight would have been a disaster. The biggest problem he has is protecting himself. Against a Bears defensive line that went to town like they did on Keenum, good luck to a rookie that can’t protect himself.”

Keenum finished 30-of-43 for 332 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions and three fumbles (two lost). He threw a pick-six on Washington’s first drive.

It was all down hill from there.

“I think Keenum played at a level tonight that is going to get him benched,” Hoffman said. “I don’t know if it’s later in the season for Haskins. I think Colt McCoy is going to practice this week. I don’t think he’s going to be ready to quite play on Sunday against the Giants. I don’t know if they necessarily want to make that move on a short week, and New England is coming in after that – so that’s a real treat. 

“But I think we’re going to see three quarterbacks in Washington this year,” Hoffman continued, “and I don’t think it’s going to be injury-related. I think it’s going to be performance- and record-related. Keenum is not going to all of a sudden magically get better. They’re going to put Colt in, and then at some point during the year you have to think that Haskins is the guy. But that’s going to come at a point where they’re more out of it than they are at 0-3.”

Click below to listen to Hoffman’s interview in its entirety.