Ron Rivera made the decision to bench quarterback Dwayne Haskins and move on to Kyle Allen to start this week's game against the Rams.
It's a major move to bench the 15th overall pick from last year, and Rivera said he'd been thinking about that decision for some time. It's been widely reported that Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder was a big fan of Haskins last year during the draft process and was part of bringing in the former Ohio State star.
Whether that's true or not, Rivera said Snyder understood and supported the coach's decision to bench Haskins.
"I did talk to Mr. Snyder. I explained to him what I wanted to do," Rivera said. "I explained to him why I wanted to do it. He was very supportive. He said, 'Ron, it's your football team, those are decisions you're going to make. You're going to live with those decisions.' I said 'Yes, sir. I am.' He said, 'I'm all supportive, I'm behind you 100 percent.'"
It's tough because Haskins' play through four games wasn't good, but he's a young player that needs opportunities to learn.
Rivera made clear during his presser that he believes Haskins has the arm to compete in the NFL but needs to grow more as a passer.
"This is not an indictment on Dwayne just as an indictment on the situation we're in," Rivera said.
For now, it's Allen's show with Alex Smith as the backup. That means Haskins will be inactive, and it sounds like Rivera has the full organization on board.
Staff writer Ethan Cadeaux contributed to this story.