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One analyst gives a very dispiriting take on what the 2020 Redskins have at quarterback

One analyst gives a very dispiriting take on what the 2020 Redskins have at quarterback

No one will look at the Redskins' quarterback situation and call it superb or even settled, but with a slimmer and more experienced Dwayne Haskins positioned as starter and ex-Panthers signal caller Kyle Allen reuniting with his old staff as depth, fans can at least reasonably hope that things will work out under center in 2020.

NBC Sports analyst Josh Norris, though, doesn't envision a positive outcome for Washington's passers this year. During an interview on the Redskins Talk podcast, he explained why.

First, Norris gave his opinion on Allen. When the Burgundy and Gold initially acquired the former Carolina QB, some asserted that Allen would actually beat out Haskins for the top job. Norris, however, flat out doesn't believe Allen has that kind of talent.

"My lowest moment of 2019 was that two-month span where people tried to make Kyle Allen a starter in the NFL," Norris told Redskins Talk. "It was bogus. It was so ridiculous."

"I understand the production was there and he went on some starting streaks and they won some games," he continued. "But he's at best an NFL backup."

In the end, Norris compared Allen to Colt McCoy. Yes, most rosters need someone like McCoy — hell, he just left the area after a six-year run with the franchise and he's now a Giant, so he's clearly valued — but those kinds of guys aren't the ones coaches want running their offenses for more than a few quarters or so.

Now, here's the part where it gets dispiriting: While Norris doesn't think much of Allen — in addition to the McCoy comparison, Norris labeled Allen inaccurate and too susceptible to pocket pressure — he still expects him to start for team in 2020. That stems from Norris also doubting what Haskins will be able to do in his second season as a pro.

"We still don't know who he is," Norris said of the 2019 first-round pick.


Yes, Haskins improved as a rookie in a situation that was largely a catastrophe, so it's not crazy to conclude he should continue to ascend now that the organization is more settled. Norris himself acknowledged the growth Haskins made.

However, even with that maturation, as well as Norris' positive feelings about Ron Rivera, Scott Turner and many other aspects of Washington's potential turnaround, the analyst still sees a glaring weakness that'll directly affect Haskins and could contribute to a less-than-stellar campaign for No. 7.

"What is possibly the most important part of quarterback success is offensive line play, and I think it's fair to question the Washington Redskins' offensive line right now, especially the left tackle spot," Norris said.

In the end, Norris anticipates Haskins having issues for a certain number of weeks, Allen stepping in after and the Redskins overall being unhappy with their collective output at QB. 

"We've seen NFL storylines repeat themselves," he said. "A [staff] goes to a new organization and brings a quarterback that may not be starting caliber but understands exactly what they want to do and he ultimately ends up starting a handful of games because of that, because they want to stabilize the situation as much as possible."

How stable does that really sound? The answer, of course, is not at all. 

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Mike Florio: Ron Rivera was pressured to ‘champion’ Washington name change

Mike Florio: Ron Rivera was pressured to ‘champion’ Washington name change

When Dan Snyder introduced Ron Rivera as Washington’s new head coach in January, he promised that there would be a new structure of hierarchy within the organization. No longer would a general manager, team president or even Snyder himself wield the most power. Instead, the team would conform to a coach-centric approach with Rivera at the helm.

Six months in, the team still has yet to play a football game. But Rivera’s presence has still been felt, with no indication stronger than Monday’s announcement that not only is the team retiring the name Redskins but the effort to come up with a new one will be led by none other than Snyder and Rivera.

For an organization that’s been around since 1932, the sudden transfer of power for a decision that will have a lasting impact for decades—if not more—to a head coach who hasn’t even held a training camp with the team is at the very least unusual.


ProFootballTalk analyst Mike Florio sat down with NBC Sports Washington’s Redskins Talk podcast crew after the team’s announcement Monday and indicated that this was a move Rivera has been pushed to get involved in since he started in D.C.

“Before the critical mass was reached, I know that there were people from outside the organization who were directly trying to convince Coach Rivera that this name change needed to happen and he needed to be the one to champion it,” Florio said. “I think he was hesitant. Now, he became less hesitant once the walls started to close in from a sponsorship standpoint.

“But when I saw in the statement that Daniel Snyder and Ron Rivera were the ones coming up with the new name, my reaction was—I didn’t realize Ron Rivera was an expert in branding sports teams. I thought he was an expert in coaching sports teams. It really puts him in an awkward spot.”


Prior to joining Washington, Rivera spent nine years as the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. He made four playoff appearances including a run to Super Bowl 50 but was fired midway through last season after the Panthers went 12-16 over the previous two years.

Though Florio was questioning Rivera’s position rather than the coach himself, he said in the interview that will be included in an upcoming episode of the Redskins Talk podcast he hopes Snyder and Rivera still consult experts when weighing options for the team’s name.

“I just don’t think that the owner of the team and the coach of the team should be at the center of it and I hope that they do have a broader base of expertise that they’re relying upon to come up with a name that will be sustainable,” Florio said.

Regardless of who has the final say, Florio emphasized that the organization has significant weight on its shoulders to pick a name that gets fans excited about the team after years of mediocrity.

“Look, this is a moment to inspire the fanbase,” Florio said. “This is a moment to re-energize the franchise. If you pick the right name here, that’s the thing that can…maybe lay the foundation for the kind of excitement that makes fans feel good about the team again.

“They need something like this to get the fans excited, to get the team to a point where it feels like it’s relevant again in the NFL because that’s one of the truths of the last 20 years. This team has not been relevant very often on Dan Snyder’s watch.”


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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser doesn't seem too moved by Washington's latest name change announcement

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser doesn't seem too moved by Washington's latest name change announcement

In a press conference on Monday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser reiterated her interest in having Washington's football team move into the nation's capital but didn't seem especially inspired by their earlier announcement that the "Redskins" name and logo will soon be fully retired.

In taking a question about how an impending name change could affect the franchise's chances of securing the RFK site, Bowser stuck to her long-held talking points.

"We want to change the name and change the location," she said. "You've heard me say that a number of times, that the Washington football team should be playing in Washington."


Bowser has been courting the Burgundy and Gold to that RFK site for quite some time, but recently, she, as JP Finlay wrote last week, has "stopped playing as nice." 

"I would hardly say the name is the only issue," the mayor explained last Monday.

Moving back to where RFK sits and constructing a new venue on that spot would be an incredible coup for the organization and Dan Snyder, and it's one that could feel more important to them now more than ever.


Many fans will take the choice to move away from the previous name and view it as disrespectful toward Washington's football history. Well, landing back on East Capitol Street would be one way to reinvolve that history. 

Bowser didn't seem too concerned with touching on that on Monday, though. Instead, she opted to simply focus on what the city itself would look for in a revitalization of RFK.

"Priorities for the District, of course, would continue to be how we could have a mix of uses that highlighted our beautiful river, that invested in our need for housing and park space, and entertainment options, which is the current designated use of the land," Bowser said.


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