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Dwayne Haskins' dad is already predicting the Redskins to win a Super Bowl

Dwayne Haskins' dad is already predicting the Redskins to win a Super Bowl

On Thursday night, the Redskins waited, waited and waited again. Then they used their No. 15 overall pick on Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, a D.C. native who spent high school at The Bullis School in Potomac, Md.

Haskins' father, Dwayne Haskins Sr., doesn't think the Redskins will have to wait much longer to return to the promised land.

"Since yesterday, I thought the Redskins would be the ideal pick," he told reporters after the announcement was made at family's draft party in Gaithersburg, Md. 

But the elder Haskins didn't stop there. "I predict ... get ready for a Super Bowl." He was then asked why he thought a Super Bowl is on the horizon.

"I can just see the makeup of where the 'Skins are about to go. You can just see that they're dedicated in the area of improving with the quarterback position and bringing in free agents.

I can see them winning a Super Bowl very soon."

The Redskins have not appeared in a Super Bowl since 1992 and have only reached the playoffs six times then. 

Let's start with a winning season and work our way from there.

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Peter King believes Ron Rivera is 'the right guy' to turn the Redskins around

Peter King believes Ron Rivera is 'the right guy' to turn the Redskins around

After a disastrous 2019 campaign where the Redskins finished with just three victories, owner Dan Snyder seemed insistent on turning the organization around.

Snyder fired longtime team president Bruce Allen the morning after the season finale. Larry Hess, who had been the team's head athletic trainer for 17 seasons, was also let go.

Ron Rivera was hired as the team's next head coach shortly after the new year, and during his introductory press conference, Snyder stated the Redskins were moving with a 'coach-centric' approach, hoping to remove any organizational and structural divide that had been there prior.

NBC Sports analyst Peter King was asked if Rivera was capable of turning around an organization that has struggled for nearly three decades, and he spoke glowingly about the 58-year-old head coach.

"They got the right guy to do it," King told the Redskins Talk podcast.

King was adamant that Rivera will not let the previous disfunction in Washington fly during his time at the helm.

"Ron Rivera, if he senses that's happening, he will not stand for it," King said. "He will not stand for a divided organization. That will not last."

The Redskins fired six-year head coach Jay Gruden following the team's Week 5 loss to New England, but the beginning of the end of Gruden's tenure can be traced back to the 2019 Draft. Washington selected Dwayne Haskins 15th overall, with many believing the decision to select the Ohio State passer came from the top.

Gruden's job was on the line in 2019; he needed to win. Selecting Haskins, a signal-caller that was very raw and had just 14 career collegiate starts, did not match up with the head coach's timeline.

King believes a situation like that will not happen with Rivera in charge.

"The outside world all thinks that [Dwayne Haskins] was a Daniel Snyder pick," King said. "I don't think there will be anymore Daniel Snyder picks if Ron Rivera is there. Rivera said 'if we're all not together, we can't take this guy.' No matter what the owner says."

The success of Rivera in D.C. will likely largely have to due with the development of Haskins. The signal-caller showed promise towards the end of his rookie season, but still has plenty of work to do. 

Rivera expressed excitement with Haskins during his introductory press conference, stating he believes Haskins has all the tools to become a franchise quarterback. But Rivera didn't promise the QB anything, and even mentioned the team would bring in veterans to compete. 

King believes that Rivera will bring the organization to a level of accountability and credibility that hasn't been seen in Ashburn before.

"Ron Rivera's history is building consensus in your organization," King said. "His players [in Carolina] really loved him. I'm really interested to see how that works out. But I'm telling you, at one point, Ron Rivera let it be known to the people that were interviewing him, including Daniel Snyder, that we are going to have a team in all aspects of this. We can't do it without that."

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Two former Redskins on DC Defenders' opening roster

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Two former Redskins on DC Defenders' opening roster

With the first season of the revamped XFL starting just a couple of weeks away, all eight teams were required to release their initial 52-man rosters on Monday following training camp.

For a pair of wide receivers that made the D.C. Defenders initial roster, their home games at Audi Field will only be a dozen miles away from where the stadium they previously played professional football in the past: both Rashad Ross and Simmie Cobbs had previously suited up for the Redskins.

Ross joined the Redskins in 2014 as a practice squad player and made the initial 53-man roster in 2015 after a standout preseason. He served as the Burgundy and Gold's primary kick returner in 2015, including taking one back 101 yards for a touchdown against the Giants. After a diminished role in 2016, he was released.

Cobbs was signed by Washington as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He impressed during the preseason, but was unable to make Washington's 53-man roster. He joined the Redskins practice squad and spent much of the season there before the Saints signed him to their active roster in December. He was waived this past August by New Orleans during final roster cuts.

The Defenders open the XFL season on Saturday, Feb. 8, when they host the Seattle Dragons.

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