Washington Football

Washington Football

Despite having just nine NFL appearances to his name, Dwayne Haskins is becoming quite the polarizing figure.

Some look at what the 2019 first-round pick did as a rookie and see some really standout plays, moments that act as little snippets that hint at what he could become even if his basic stats aren't promising. They note how poised he was in the pocket and compliment how he protected the football better than his young peers.

Those on the pro-Haskins side essentially say that, as long as you pay attention to the right areas, you'll come across the talent and potential he possesses. They also expect the talent and potential to be more apparent in 2020.

Not everyone is holding their breath for that, though. In the anti-Haskins camp, there are analysts who wonder if he can even beat out Kyle Allen to start for Washington this year. Others think he will beat out Allen — only to cede the job to him after a handful of weeks.

Overall, the latter group just doesn't anticipate Haskins working out in the Burgundy and Gold, whether that's because they aren't high on his skill set, aren't high on the Redskins as a whole, or aren't high on the combination of the two.


Count NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal among the second bunch. Actually, make NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal the leader of that crew.

During a recent episode of the Around the NFL podcast, Rosenthal delivered the following scorching line of analysis.

"No quarterback in the league, I think if you look at whole situation — offensive line, coach, receivers, everything — I don't know if anyone has a worse situation than Dwayne Haskins," he said. "He is set up to fail."


Much like when ESPN's Bill Barnwell labeled Haskins a "loser" of the offseason a few weeks ago, Rosenthal's criticism is grounded. Well, it is on the surface, anyway.

As the presumptive starter, Haskins will largely be tasked with turning around an offense that scored the fewest points in the sport last year for a team that went 3-13. That's a bad situation.

But is it really the worst in the league? And is he being set up to fail? Those statements feel hyperbolic. 

Haskins' new head coach, for one, appears to fully be in the QB's corner. This is the same head coach who supported Cam Newton through everything Newton faced in Carolina. Ron Rivera is a very important part of the equation, as is the presence of offensive coordinator Scott Turner.

As for the offense itself, yes, it's a weak one on paper. However, it's not like the organization has completely ignored it the last few months.

Up front, they signed Cornelius Lucas and drafted Saahdiq Charles in an attempt to shore up left tackle as best as they could. As for the skill positions, they drafted Antonio Gibson and Antonio Gandy-Golden, and brought in a few other role players to round out running back and tight end. They even made a heavy run at Amari Cooper, before ultimately losing out to the Cowboys for his services.

Overall, the Redskins seem ready to let Haskins attack 2020, a major gesture for a franchise that's entering a new era and easily could've moved on from him.

That alone suggests they aren't exactly setting him up to fail like Rosenthal said; instead, they're setting him up to determine his own future. The rest will be up to him, which is all any pro could ever want. 

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