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Learning the system will be key in determining when Dwayne Haskins should start for Redskins

Learning the system will be key in determining when Dwayne Haskins should start for Redskins

In just about two weeks, the Redskins will kick off training camp as we continue to inch closer to the start of the regular season. The return of football activities after a short hiatus will also shift the team's quarterback competition into another gear. Heading into late July, an answer to who will start is far from having a definitive answer.

Charley Casserly, like many others, believes the dilemma will be solved solely based on the play on the field through training camp and the preseason. So if rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins looks the best, he's fine with sending him out there for Week 1. But if he doesn't, that works too.

"Start at the beginning of the season, you play the best player. Whoever comes out of training camp that gives you the best chance to win, that's who you play," Casserly said. "If it's Case Keenum, fine go with him."

In a case -- no pun intended -- in which Haskins doesn't prove worthy of the starting spot right away, Casserly still sees positives for the young passer in that scenario. Having a veteran like Keenum allows the Redskins to send out a player capable of steering the ship, and it gives Haskins a chance to spend more time perfecting the system, which Casserly sees as the most important thing he needs to prove before seeing the field.

Though it'd be great to have Haskins start early, Casserly feels that making sure he takes control in an ideal situation for him and the team takes precedence.

"Haskins is gonna be the quarterback of the future, you don't have to rush the guy in," Casserly said. "Take your time, make sure it's the right spot when he is ready to go and knows enough of the system."

Knowing the system is key for Casserly, and it doesn't come with a set time or opponent. Even if Keenum struggles and forces the Redskins to make a change at quarterback, he doesn't believe that should automatically be Haskins until he proves he can command the offense.

"Does he know enough of the system to be able to give you a chance to win in a game before I put him in?" Casserly stated as one of his checkpoints for Haskins. "Because you always got Colt McCoy."

Opting to go with Keenum or McCoy before Haskins doesn't mean Casserly doesn't believe in the rookie, he just wants to make sure the quarterback is comfortable before his name gets called. Once the right time comes, Casserly sees Haskins being the most consistent option for the Redskins.

"Keenum and McCoy won't sustain 16 weeks of good play," Casserly said.

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The 2019 Redskins are looking for their first win on their absolute least favorite night

The 2019 Redskins are looking for their first win on their absolute least favorite night

The 2019 Redskins could really use a win in Week 3 against the Bears. Like, really badly.

Unfortunately, the Redskins have played badly on Monday night (which is when they'll square off with Chicago this time around) over the past decade. Like, really badly.

Since 2008, Washington is 2-15 on the primetime stage. Two. And. Fifteen. 

Their last victory on that particular weeknight came in October of 2014. Furthermore, they haven't won a home Monday Night Football appearance since December of 2012, a streak they'll look to end when Mitch Trubisky and Co. come to FedEx Field.

Overall, they've lost seven straight, meaning there are almost-five-year-olds strolling around this planet who have no idea what it's like to see the Burgundy and Gold be successful on that part of national TV. Those poor children.

"I don't give a damn when we play," Jonathan Allen told reporters after the team's MNF loss in New Orleans last year. "We can play [expletive] Tuesday afternoon. I'm still going to be the same as I am today, Sunday night, Sunday morning, Saturday, I don't give a damn."

That is absolutely the attitude to take. Sadly, while the players say they'll be the same no matter the day, the franchise's recent record certainly indicates they aren't the same (they are undefeated on Tuesday afternoon this decade, though).

Now, if you're looking for something promising to hold on to — which you should be, because these stats are legitimately absurd — the Redskins have beaten the Bears seven times in a row. The last time they didn't came in 2003.

So, which run will come to an end: the team's horrendous stretch on Monday night or their dominance of the Bears? Well, knowing their luck, they'll probably just tie, bringing both to an unsatisfying conclusion.

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Redskins running back coach Randy Jordan breaks down Steven Sims' jet sweep vs. Dallas

Redskins running back coach Randy Jordan breaks down Steven Sims' jet sweep vs. Dallas

Entering this past Sunday's contest vs. Dallas, the Redskins knew they needed to be more creative with their rushing attack. The previous week, running back Derrius Guice was only able to muster 18 rushing yards on 10 carries against Philadelphia.

Guice was placed on injured reserve following Week 1, suffering a meniscus injury to his right knee. That meant that the Redskins' ground attack vs. Dallas was expected to come from the likes of veteran Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, and Wendell Smallwood.

But in the first quarter against the Cowboys, offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell decided to get a little more creative. On three separate occasions, O'Connell called a jet sweep to speedy rookie Steven Sims. He finished with three carries for 16 yards, with the longest going for eight.

The drive resulted in a one-yard Adrian Peterson touchdown run, giving the Redskins an early lead.

While a jet sweep may seem simple on the surface, all 11 players on the field have to be in sync in order for the play to work. Redskins running backs coach Randy Jordan explains in detail the responsibilities of each player in order for the call to be a successful one (see the video player above).

While Sims was unable to break off for a big gain, the thought process behind the play makes a lot of sense. Gadget plays like these frequently result in picking up large chunks of yardage. However, running it three times in one drive may be pushing their luck.

Don't be surprised if the Burgundy and Gold try and catch a team by surprise with this play in the future. 

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