JR SportBrief: “Dwayne Haskins got a raw deal”

Ron Rivera has benched Dwayne Haskins – and JR SportBrief couldn’t disagree more with the decision

October 08, 2020 - 8:11 am
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Dwayne Haskins, a first-round draft pick in 2019, will no longer be Washington’s starting quarterback, as Ron Rivera announced that Kyle Allen will start against the Rams (3-1) this Sunday.

JR SportBrief couldn’t disagree more with this decision.

“Dwayne Haskins got a raw deal,” JR said on CBS Sports Radio. “They need to leave him out there and at least see what he can do. Kyle Allen ain’t winning nothing. Alex Smith ain’t winning nothing. Dwayne Haskins, maybe give him half the season; give him three-quarters of it to evaluate, not four games.”

Haskins completed 61.0 percent of his passes for 939 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions in four games this season, as Washington (1-3) trails the Philadelphia Eagles (1-2-1) for the NFC East lead.

Of the 60 quarterbacks drafted in the first round since 2000, only three – J.P. Losman (four games), Paxton Lynch (four games) and Johnny Manziel (eight games) – were benched sooner than Haskins.

“The whole damn organization is behind,” JR said. “The Washington football team is an organization that’s behind. They ain’t winning nothing this year. They’re not winning nothing next year. You should be happy at least you got some solid guys on the defensive side of the ball, at least on the front line, to go ahead and build with, but the offense is a disaster. The team is not winning anything this year.”

Washington has missed the playoffs in 16 of the last 20 seasons. JR doesn’t give Washington much of a chance to win the division, even in a down year.

“I don’t care how damn bad the NFC East is,” JR said. “What is the hope or the expectation? That it’s so bad maybe we can win the division? Throw that out the window. Come on, now. And even if you do [win the division] because everybody else sucks, what are you going to do? You’re wasting your time.  You’re running in place. You’re wasting a draft pick by even looking at the playoffs.”