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Once Dwayne Haskins secures the starting QB job, it needs to be his for a long time

Once Dwayne Haskins secures the starting QB job, it needs to be his for a long time

The Redskins selected quarterback Dwayne Haskins with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft with the intention of him being the team's franchise quarterback for years to come.

That does not mean he needs to start Week 1, especially if veteran Case Keenum gives the Redskins the best chance to win at that time.

"I just want to make sure that when I do play, I don't look bad," Haskins told reporters at the end of June's mini-camp session.

As training camp approaches, Haskins has "the right attitude for the young quarterback to have," NBC Sports Washington's Pete Hailey said. "I think it's the attitude the team needs to take with him going into the 2019 season."

But it's only a matter of time until Haskins does secure that starting job. The talent is there; there's a reason the Redskins invested a first-round pick in him. And when Haskins does earn the starting job, it needs to be his for a long time, according to Hailey.

"Whether Haskins is the Week 1 starter remains to be seen," Hailey said. "Training camp will determine that, as will the preseason. But whenever he does claim the starting job, it needs to be his from then on, unless something drastic happens or he's an abject disaster, which I do not expect."

Once the Redskins do give Haskins the keys to the offense, they must stay patient with him and stick with their young quarterback.

"There will be Sunday's where he looks like the 15th overall pick that he was, and there will be other Sunday's where he looks like the 115th overall pick," Hailey said. "But when the Dwayne Haskins Era starts, it needs to be that way for a long time. They cannot put him in, take him out three weeks later, then put him in November."

There will be growing pains with any rookie quarterback; it's the nature of the sport. But the Redskins cannot afford to keep Haskins on a short leash once they give him the starting nod. 

"He needs continuity, he needs playing time, and he needs to trust the coaches and be in that offense and grow," Hailey said. "He is the face of your franchise when you give him that job; let him take it and run with it."

Training camp starts July 25, and all eyes will be on the Redskins prized rookie quarterback from Ohio State.


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Fines issued to Ryan Anderson, DeAndrew White for hits that injured Olsen, Quinn

Fines issued to Ryan Anderson, DeAndrew White for hits that injured Olsen, Quinn

The NFL levied fines for unnecessary roughness to the Redskins linebacker Ryan Anderson and Panthers special teamer DeAndrew White after they delivered hits that forced opposing players to exit the game between the two teams in Week 13.

Anderson was ejected for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers tight end Greg Olsen in the third quarter. Olsen exited the game with a concussion and didn’t return. He’s been declared inactive ahead of Carolina’s Week 14 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.

Redskins fans were disgruntled with the referees for ejecting Anderson but allowing White to stay in the game when the crown of his helmet caught the facemask of Redskins punt returner Trey Quinn. Quinn was also pulled from the game with a concussion and has been declared inactive for Week 14.

Washington went on to win the game, 29-21.

Both players were given the same fine of $28,075 for their respective hits.


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New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

The Redskins might struggle to get the new head coach they want due to the organization’s unique front-office structure, according to a new report. 

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported that some potential head coaching candidates are not sure they can properly function in Washington under the leadership of team president Bruce Allen and the existing front-office infrastructure. 

“My understanding is they've gotten some pushback on the current structure of the organization from some of those candidates,” Breer said during an appearance on 106.7 the Fan’s Grant and Danny program. 

The Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden after he opened the season 0-5 and promoted Bill Callahan to interim head coach. In the weeks since Callahan took over, Washington is 3-4 and on a two-game win streak with the Green Bay Packers on tap this Sunday. 

While Callahan has stabilized the Redskins to some degree, it seems highly unlikely that he keeps the job in 2020. It’s also unclear if Allen will remain as team president and football boss. NBC Sports Washington and other reports have shown that Allen is under more scrutiny than ever in his 10-year tenure as team president and could be gone after this season. 

It’s been a rough year for Allen, as the team is in the middle of an awful season and standout left tackle Trent Williams has called him out personally for ugly tactics during a contract holdout. 

What that means going forward remains to be seen. 

Breer said NFL teams are starting to make covert outreach to potential coaching candidates, particularly college coaching candidates, and that the team is getting “pushback” because of the existing power structure. 

"My sense is that they've already gotten the feeling that the head coach search is going to be affected by the way that the building has operated for the last 10 years," Breer said.

The past 10 years mark Allen’s tenure, the era of no playoff wins and many, many embarrassing situations. 

If coaching candidates have reservations, it’s hard to blame them.