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Why the 2016 Rams could show the 2019 Redskins how not to handle Dwayne Haskins

Why the 2016 Rams could show the 2019 Redskins how not to handle Dwayne Haskins

How should the Redskins handle Dwayne Haskins in his first year as a pro? It's a question that will loom over all of training camp and carry into the regular season.

Do they play him right away? Do they allow him to learn behind one of their other veteran options, then jump in after a few weeks? Do they sit him until he's 32 years old, then let him go once he's niceeee and seasoned? 

It'll be on Washington to make sure they take the path that best suits their young passer. Now, if they want an example of one path not to take, they don't have to look back too far.

While on NBC Sports Washington's Countdown to Training Camp show, QB development coach Paul Troth explained how the 2016 Rams botched Jared Goff's rookie campaign.

"They had a coach on the hot seat," Troth, who's worked with signal callers like Haskins, Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson, said. "Goff came in late in the season and it was a disaster."

Like Troth mentioned, heading into 2016, Jeff Fisher wasn't exactly locked in on the sidelines (he eventually was fired in December). That's the situation Jay Gruden finds himself in now. 

Ironically enough, Case Keenum was the one who opened as starter for those Rams as well. Of course, he has a chance to do the same with the Burgundy and Gold in a few months.

As for Goff, he was inserted into the lineup in the team's 10th contest and proceeded to go 0-7 in those seven final matchups. The first overall pick finished with a 54.6-percent completion rate and a 5-to-7 TD-to-INT ratio. Luckily, Sean McVay has since come in and assisted in getting Goff pointed in the right direction, but that stretch could've been more damaging in other circumstances.

The tricky thing in D.C., according to Troth, is that Gruden badly needs victories yet the organization's long-term hope under center may not be the one who can deliver those victories in 2019.

"You've got to win games," he said. "So, how can you win games and develop your young quarterback at the same time? Early on, I think Case Keenum is going to give them the best chance to do that."

Though Keenum wasn't thriving with Los Angeles in 2019, the Rams were 4-5 in his starts. Regardless, Fisher and Co. elected to make the switch and hand things over to Goff, and the entire operation fell apart.

So, what's the lesson for the Redskins?

The team needs to let Haskins play only when he's ready. Not because he's the first-rounder, not because he'll attract attention and crowds, but when he's ready. 

If Keenum opens as starter and the record isn't fantastic in September and October, people will be clamoring for Haskins. But the Redskins can't just toss him out there to satisfy that noise if he's not prepared.

Who knows how an initial spiral similar to the one Goff experienced could affect him? After all, it's not like there's a McVay on deck to come clean everything up.

"You can run the risk of putting too much on his plate early on and then you're backtracking later on," Troth said. 

Haskins will run into issues like all 22-year-old athletes do. The key for the Redskins is that they don't expose him to severe ones before he's able to handle them. While the Rams got away with that when it came to Goff, the Redskins may not be as fortunate.  

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Enjoy a closer look at the new Washington Football Team helmets

Enjoy a closer look at the new Washington Football Team helmets

As NFL teams prepare for the truncated preseason, the Washington Football Team's equipment managers are preparing for an entirely new look. The team already unveiled its new-look uniforms and helmets, and it shared a closeup look for fans on Instagram Wednesday night.

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The helmets have been a major hit among fans online since being revealed, so any time they can get up close and personal, they'll be happy.

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As the opener grows nearer, fans will continue to be excited for any glimpse of the new uniforms, helmets and players ahead of the 2020 season. As long as the uniforms look this great, we'll take any more videos from the equipment team, please and thank you.

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DeAngelo Hall explains why he's so excited to join Washington's radio broadcast booth

DeAngelo Hall explains why he's so excited to join Washington's radio broadcast booth

The Washington Football Team announced its revamped radio broadcast crew on Tuesday, and longtime Burgundy and Gold defensive back DeAngelo Hall was named as one of the new additions to the booth.

Hall will provide color commentary alongside play-by-play analyst Bram Weinstein. Julie Donaldson, who recently took over as Washington's Senior VP of Media and Content, will serve as host and anchor. 

In an interview with Donaldson on Wednesday, Hall shared his excitement to return to Washington in a different role, with the same team he spent over a decade playing for.

"It was just so much that I felt like was unfinished with Washington," Hall said. "I wanted to bring championships to the city, wanted to win so many more games, wanted to cement my legacy as a member of this organization."

Hall spent parts of 10 seasons with Washington, suiting up for a total of 106 games for the club. The cornerback-turned-safety was a team captain for multiple seasons during his time in D.C. and seen as one of the main leaders on the squad.

As Hall mentioned, during his tenure in D.C., the team left the field on the losing end a lot more times than they were victorious. In the near-decade that Hall played for the Burgundy and Gold, Washington made the playoffs just twice, losing both times in the Wild Card round.

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Despite multiple losing seasons as of late, the team is ushering in a new era, one that fans have plenty to be excited about. Well-respected head coach Ron Rivera is now in charge, and the team has no shortage of young talent. Now, they have a new broadcast team to help begin a new era of Washington football following the plethora of organizational changes that have occurred this offseason.

The team's new radio broadcast trio replaces the long-time voice of the team, Larry Michael, as well as analysts Chris Cooley and Rick "Doc" Walker. Michael resigned last month amid allegations in a Washington Post story of inappropriate behavior

Cooley joined the booth as an analyst in 2013, replacing former Washington linebacker Sam Huff. Cooley worked alongside Michael and Sonny Jurgensen, who served as part of the radio broadcast before retiring last August.

Hall knows he has big shoes to fill, and he's ready to do just that.

"Having played all those years there, listening to Sonny [Jurgenson] and Sam [Huff], to pick up that mantle, to me, that's just as big of an honor as playing for the Washington Football Team," Hall said. "Those guys did such a great job for so many years. I just hope I can do half as good of a job as those two guys."

Since retiring following the 2016 season, Hall has spent time as an analyst for NFL Network and NBC Sports Washington.

"I'm super pumped. Super honored," Hall said. "I'm ready to work...I just can't even put into words, I'm so excited."

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