Football Team

Majority favor Haskins over Darnold, Jones in blind QB test

Football Team

Out of all the storylines surrounding the Washington Football Team, nothing is more volatile than the situation of quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

Every play, every dropback is dissected as opposing sides argue over whether or not he deserves to be the starting passer for the near and distant future. It's fair to state that Haskins needs to play better, but he's not alone in his struggles.

There are other young quarterbacks in the league who have played poorly in 2020 and have plenty of questions as to what comes next for their respective teams. Yet, it seems that no one has as much pressure as Haskins on every play.

When eliminating the names, jerseys and teams from the equation, Haskins begins to look better than some other quarterbacks. Trainer Quincy Avery, who has worked with Haskins in the past, showed just that when unveiling a blind QB test on Twitter.

Haskins' stats were intertwined with two other passers and users were asked to pick which they would want to lead their team on offense.

Haskins was QB2, with Sam Darnold being QB1 and Daniel Jones being QB3. Statistically, Haskins looked the best, leading over 90% to select him as the best choice.

That's understandable, but Avery's next point is where things get interesting. If Haskins has put up the best numbers of the three and is considered the best option, why does he have the most pressure on him and most people calling for a change?

Jones has struggled in his season-plus since he came into the league, especially with turnovers. And it's not like the Giants are winning games. Darnold may have the most upside, but he's made plenty of head-scratching decisions as well. 

 

Some will be quick to point out that Jones is working with a new coach and trying to adapt to a new system on a team that is not flushed with talent. Haskins is doing the same. Darnold's defenders will note that he was thrown into a messy situation without much initial help. Sound familiar?

Download and subscribe to the Washington Football Talk podcast 

What Avery is trying to prove is that out of these three quarterbacks, the cry for a change with Haskins seems to ring the loudest. Yet, with all in similar situations, his play hasn't been that poor when given perspective.

There is no denying that Haskins has a lot of room to grow, and at this point, it's still unclear whether he can become a franchise quarterback. But others are in the same situation -- even playing worse -- and seem to be given more time to figure it out. 

Avery's test is trying to show just that: Haskins needs more time before a definitive change comes.