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The Washington Redskins fans want to see Dwayne Haskins on the field in Week 4 and they let it be known on Sunday after starting quarterback Case Keenum had five turnovers and took four sacks, against Khalil Mack and the Bears’ defense in a 31-15 loss.
The FedEx Field crowd was sporadically chanting for Haskins to replace him. It seems like the logical thing to do at this point.
"It's hard to believe the guys in the Redskins locker room believe Case Keenum honestly gives them an opportunity to win. They keep saying 'Dwayne Haskins isn't ready yet…' Well Jay Gruden, when will you be ready to win a game? Because you won't with Keenum." — @ShannonSharpe pic.twitter.com/72uA6yYynV
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) September 24, 2019
The Redskins aren’t going anywhere or winning anything anytime soon. That’s just the facts of the situation. I’m not sure what bill of goods the franchise is trying to sell its fans, but the deal fell through.
Unfortunately, head coach Jay Gruden is still playing franchise killer and says the fans aren’t going to get their wish because he wants “continuity” at the quarterback position.
"Coach, why didn't you bench Case Keenum and play Dwayne Haskins?"
Jay Gruden : pic.twitter.com/KegJoS0gqC
— ReadShuumatsuNoValkyrie 🗿🦍 (@mManZ10) September 24, 2019
“Not really, no,” Gruden said in response to a question about a quarterback change. “ I think the most important thing is we have to have some continuity. You know, I can’t be changing people every five minutes here. I’ve got to give Case an ample opportunity to play with these new guys,” Gruden told the media after being asked if he’ll make a switch. “This is his first time in this offense, really. Donald Penn, Ereck Flowers, their first time in this offense. Terry (McLaurin). Trey Quinn only played two games last year.
“I’ve made this point before: We’re not going to be perfect but we need to be better and I think we can get better. Otherwise, if I didn’t think we had a chance to get better, then I would make a change. But I feel like Case has the tools to become a very efficient quarterback in this offense and get us some victories here moving forward.”
The Future Is Now In The NFL
That’s some bs.
At 0-3, there’s no reason to keep playing Keenum. Get Haskins in and let him have 13 games to get ready for next season when you draft high again and are able to place more talent around him. That’s what Washington needs to do. Stevie Wonder can see that.
Dwayne Haskins watching Daniel Jones and Kyler Murray play while he sits behind an average journeyman QB pic.twitter.com/PFeKwMKZei
— Johnny Obeid 🇵🇸 (@JohnnyObeid) September 22, 2019
Playing Keenum is typical Washington Redskins nonsense. Always hustling backward. Mike Shanahan destroyed RG3’s career and a bright future for the Redskins by mismanaging his talents. Now Gruden’s hesitance and stubbornness ‘ despite having a 0-3 record with Keenum at the helm, is taking all of the hope out of Washington’s season already.
The season is already a wrap for these guys.
Since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978, 186 teams have started a season 0-3, and just six of them (3.2 percent) made the playoffs. The fans are getting mighty restless. They want to see Haskins unleashed. Providing hope for the future would really be this season’s only saving grace for Redskins fans.
Continuity Over Common Sense
Gruden has been an NFL head coach since 2014 with the Washington Redskins. In that time frame, he has just two winning seasons and has a career 35-47-1 record. He’s also had six quarterbacks start a game for him over that time frame, so I get the continuity thing.
The Redskins have lacked continuity at the QB position for the last two decades. In fact, from 2000 to 2015, the Redskins had 16 different starting quarterbacks. Kirk Cousins was the first Redskins starting QB to start every game for three consecutive seasons (2015-17) since Joe Theisman in the 80s.
Stability at quarterback is the key to a head coach and franchise’s long-term viability. Just ask the Patriots, Chargers, Steelers or Giants, who entering the season, all had starters who have held their jobs since at least 2004.
This is why the Redskins drafted Haskins, no? He’s talking like Keenum is a three-year starter with some playoff success. He’s making himself look really bad.
HEY! JAY GRUDEN: I have no reason to trust your judgement AT ALL when you tell me that Dwayne Haskins isn’t ready yet. NONE.
What has this man done to prove he knows anything about QBs except how to make… https://t.co/DHyiZiniZf
— Eric (@DerdniK) September 24, 2019
Last Of The Big Three
Redskins fans are tired of losing or being a middle of the pack Wild card contenders and some have been calling for Gruden’s head for a couple of seasons now. When the Redskins got the opportunity to draft the nation’s best passer with the 15th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, they took it. He was the last of The Big Three quarterbacks taken in the first round, but many considered him the best.
Arizona picked Kyler Murray. The Giants picked Daniel Jones. Both of those guys are now starting for losing teams and getting a chance to grow with the franchise.
Murray hasn’t won an NFL game yet, but he became the second quarterback in history to start his career with two 300 yard passing games and has provided hope for a team lacking the talent to compete with NFL Top Dogs right now. Jones won his first start and became an overnight New York hero on Sunday when he threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut.
The same could happen for Haskins if he gets a shot.
Fire Bruce Allen, Fire jay Gruden, Fire munusky, bench keenum, start Haskins, promote Kevin to interim head coach #Redskins
— Brandyn Harris (@bmhskins) September 24, 2019
Murray started the season at the helm with the full confidence of head coach Kliff Kingsbury and as soon as the Giants season showed any slippage legend Eli Manning was replaced with Jones.
The Redskins picked up journeyman Case Keenum in March and he supposedly won the job over Haskins in the preseason. The Skins decided to roll with a guy who will always be considered a stop-gap quarterback instead of going through the growing pains of developing their young stud and potential franchise star.
Unfortunately, the organization as a whole, from owner Dan Synder to head coach Jay Gruden is lost in the past — from its cultural awareness to the product on the field, to respecting its cheerleaders and the concerns of women in general. Always a step behind how the rest of the league is moving. Rarely if ever making the right move at the right time.
Every day that Jay Gruden and the Redskins don’t start Haskins is a step back for the future of the organization.