Last Sunday, Dwayne Haskins walked off the field after a loss to the Seattle Seahawks feeling frustrated and mad. In the seven days that would follow, things would only get worse for the second-year quarterback.
Partying mask-less that Sunday night, a clear violation of the NFL's COVID-19 protocols, led to Haskins being stripped of his captaincy and fined $40,000. Yet come Week 16, he was named the starter with Alex Smith out injured, once again giving him a chance to redeem himself.
That, however, didn't go as he or others hoped. A poor performance led to the quarterback being benched in the 20-13 loss to the Panthers, culminating a week like none other.
“This was definitely the hardest week of my life," Haskins said.
Now, his goal is to put an end to the downward spiral.
“But I just want to bounce back and just move forward and pray, and get my life together," Haskins said.
For him, that revolves around continuing to work on being accountable for his own actions, and supportive as a teammate. No longer does he want his actions to negatively impact himself, but also the organization as a whole.
Haskins understands that the recent adversity is of his own doing, and there is no one to blame but himself. Thankful to still be a member of the Washington Football Team, the week has demonstrated to him that more chances will exist. If or when they come, he doesn't want to squander them.
“You sign up for this job and it is what it is," Haskins said. "Sometimes being human isn’t enough, so just gotta own up to your responsibilities and mistakes and be a better person moving forward. Put your best foot forward and pray for that opportunity and when you have it to seize it and make the most of it. You never know when you’ll get another one.”