Heading into an important Week 5 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams, Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera pulled the plug on Dwayne Haskins as the starting quarterback, replacing him with Kyle Allen.
While many fans and pundits have their own belief as to why Rivera made the change, Fox Sports' Colin Cowherd thinks it has more to do with the quality of the NFC East, not just Haskins' play.
"It tells me that Ron Rivera, in this division, actually thinks 'if Kyle Allen doesn't make mistakes, I've had him before, our defense can get us to 8-8,'" Cowherd said. "It's telling me that Ron Rivera believes 'I can coach these guys, defensively, to .500 and that may win the division.' I don't think that Haskins at this point can just avoid mistakes."
Haskins certainly had a rough outing two weeks ago in a 34-20 loss to the Cleveland Browns, throwing three interceptions. However, he rebounded against the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday with 32 of 45 passes completed for a career-high 314 yards. The team still lost 31-17.
Allen and Rivera spent time together during their time in Carolina — Allen started 12 games for the Panthers and threw for 3,322 yards and 17 touchdowns with 16 interceptions. Washington traded for Allen upon Rivera's arrival back in March in exchange for a fifth-round pick.
"I think if they were in the NFC West he'd be like 'what's the point?'" Cowherd said. "But I think he thinks based off his defense, 'we're in these games with more talented teams, we just can't stop making mistakes.'"
Cowherd's co-host Joy Taylor responded to Cowherd's statement saying "Bailing on Haskins feels like you're done."
"Feels like it to me," Cowherd said.