Warner: If Haskins Isn't Ready, Don't Play Him

It's a lost season in Washington, but that doesn't mean the Redskins should throw Dwayne Haskins to the wolves

Tiki and Tierney
October 07, 2019 - 6:45 pm

With the Washington Redskins firing Jay Gruden on Monday, attention shifts not only to their head-coaching search, but also to their rookie quarterback, Dwayne Haskins. 

The Ohio State product hasn’t played much this season, and when he did, it wasn’t pretty. Haskins went 9-of-17 for 107 yards, three interceptions and two sacks in a 24-3 loss to the Giants on Sept. 29.

What should Washington do with Haskins moving forward?

“If you think he’s somewhat ready to play, where he can go out and compete for himself as much as for the organization, you put him in,” Hall of Fame quarterback and Westwood One analyst Kurt Warner said on Tiki & Tierney. “They’re at that point now where you play the young guy and you can prepare for the future more than anything.”

Indeed, the Redskins are 0-5 and will almost certainly miss the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons. Still, that doesn’t necessarily mean Haskins should start against the Dolphins (0-4) this Sunday.

“If you don’t feel like he can succeed, if you’re putting him out there and you feel like he’s underwater with what you’re asking him to do – which kind of looked like where he was when he played against the Giants a couple of weeks ago – I think the smart move is to pull back,” Warner said. “Even if everybody wants him to play, just kind of go, ‘He’s not ready yet, and we’re going to get him ready so when we put him out there, we feel like we’re putting him in a position to succeed.’ 

“It really feels like to me that all the talk from all the different coaches now is, ‘He’s not quite ready to be the starter yet,’” Warner continued. “I think if that’s the case, then you continue to sit him until he’s ready.”

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