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Joe Theismann thinks Dwayne Haskins' selfie was 'immature'

Joe Theismann thinks Dwayne Haskins' selfie was 'immature'

Dwayne Haskins won his first NFL game on Sunday against the Lions, but his play on the field came second to an off the field antic he pulled late in the fourth quarter, causing him to miss the Redskins' kneel down in victory formation.

As backup quarterback Case Keenum trotted on the field to take a knee on the Redskins' final snap, Haskins was seen taking a selfie was fans behind the bench

Everyone has formed their opinion on the matter. Interim head coach Bill Callahan said postgame he will address the situation with Haskins and believes the rookie thought the game was over. Some think it's not a big deal, such as tackle Morgan Moses, while others believing it's unacceptable.

Former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann falls in the latter category. He joined 106.7's Grant and Danny Show, where he called Haskins' act "immature," sounding pretty disappointed in the QB's actions.

"It was something that was immature," Theismann said. "To miss that moment, I felt bad for Dwayne, but he brought it upon himself."

Theismann also sounded upset that Haskins did not get to experience the moment of his first victory with his teammates on the field.

"It's unthinkable," he said. "I mean it really is, it's unthinkable that you are in a situation where you have a chance to have quarterbacked your first victory in professional football and you don't get a chance to share that moment with your teammates. And that's the thing that got me.

"When you get a chance to get into that victory formation and you step in the huddle and you go, 'Victory formation on one,'" Theismann continued. "And you take that last snap, that's a very sacred moment to me, it always has been in football. I remember the one in the Super Bowl vividly. And that's a moment you share with your teammates. People don't understand that. That's part of the camaraderie of this game."

Theismann first shared his displeasure of Haskins' actions after the game on Twitter.

Additionally, Theismann questioned the leadership of the rookie.

"You wanna stand up in front of a group of men and lead them," Theismann said on 106.7. "It's more your actions than your words: How you conduct yourself, the little things you do, the study habits you have, the way you communicate with your teammates, the way you walk off the field."

Theismann wasn't only negative towards Haskins, however. He did mention he believes the rookie is getting better and hopes this situation will teach Haskins something that he'll benefit from in the future.

"This may be a blessing in disguise and a lesson that will be well learned and we'll move on from it," he said.


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Burning questions: Who will break out for the Washington Football Team in 2020?

Burning questions: Who will break out for the Washington Football Team in 2020?

As training camp continues to pick up, JP Finlay and Pete Hailey will come up with, and then respond to, some burning questions facing the 2020 Washington Football Team.

To start, they each answer the following: Who will be a breakout player in Burgundy and Gold?

JP's choice: Daron Payne

I’m not sure a former first-round pick counts as a breakout player but I think Daron Payne is poised to have a monster season. He has wild strength in his hands at the point of attack, to the point I remember one AFC scout telling me he was the strongest player in the 2018 draft.

Payne has played well, but not great, through two years in the NFL. In those two seasons, he has seven sacks and nine tackles for loss. Honestly. I think he should get to those totals in this year alone.

Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio pride themselves on preaching an aggressive philosophy, particularly up front. The plan is to defend the run on their way to the quarterback. 

There is nobody on this roster that shapes up better for that approach than Daron Payne. Add in the presence of Chase Young, Ryan Kerrigan and Montez Sweat (and the attention those guys will attract) and you'll realize why you should prepare yourself for a big, big year from D-Payne. 


Pete's choice: Antonio Gibson

I wanted to put Steven Sims here. I also wanted to put Antonio Gandy-Golden here. But in the end, I put Antonio Gibson here. And I feel really good about that, too.

Sure, I'm a bit concerned about Gibson having to split time between running back and receiver. RBs coach Randy Jordan recently told the media that in his meetings, he's having to remind Gibson to focus on his duties in the backfield instead of on the outside. Jordan said it while laughing, but I do think there is something to the third-rounder perhaps being stretched too thin as a rookie.

Then I remember that Gibson scored 12 touchdowns on 71 offensive touches last year for Memphis.

That leads me to remember that Washington, who had the only offense IN THE LEAGUE last year to average FEWER THAN 17 POINTS A GAME, is going to need someone like Gibson to spark drives.

Then I also remember that Ron Rivera and Scott Turner are now in charge of this side of the ball, and they loved using Christian McCaffrey in Carolina, and they're going to need someone dynamic to replace Christian McCaffrey in Washington.

Then I also also remember how unproven the majority of the receivers are on this roster, which means Gibson could see a lot of targets regardless of where he lines up.

Right now, Gibson is someone who's a bit of a mystery, even to Washington fans. Come December, though, that mystery will disappear and give way to a whole bunch of production.

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Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury admits his iconic draft photo was staged

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury admits his iconic draft photo was staged

Of all the moments that arose from the one-of-a-kind 2020 NFL Draft, the view inside Kliff Kingsbury’s house was easily the most memorable.

The Arizona Cardinals' head coach was pictured on draft night in an iconic photo at his insanely beautiful house, which quickly went viral. However, in a pre-camp interview on Wednesday, Kingsbury admitted that the photo was indeed staged.

"Going into it I knew I was going to be super extra in the picture," Kingsbury said. "I do think the fire –– it was 100 degrees and sunny –– was a bit much, but I laid four phones on the table because the NFL gave us a couple...all the screens, I just wanted to make it as extra as possible and it turned out good. It made for fun."

The photo featured Kingsbury lounging on his couch during the draft with four cell phones, a laptop and two computer screens on the table in front of him, which he later claimed he had “just in case” something went technologically wrong. The viral picture also showed a view of the coach’s backyard with a huge outdoor kitchen, firepit in the middle and stunning view of the mountains in the background.

While the photo was staged, his house is completely real. Kingsbury purchased the 7,000 square-foot house in Paradise Valley, Ariz. for $4.45 million in 2019 after joining the Cardinals. 

If he ever has to take part in a virtual draft again, Kingsbury has ideas for the next go-around. 

"The NFL only allowed us to have one person at the house or I might've had some people on the float swans in the back, or a DJ, really doing it big. There's always next year, hopefully."


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