New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera has brought many of his old colleagues from Carolina into the building in Washington. Offensive coordinator Scott Turner, head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion, front office executive Rob Rogers, offensive line coach John Matsko, and wide receivers coach Jim Hostler are just a few of Rivera's hirings in D.C. from his Carolina coaching tree.
Now that the Redskins staff is mainly filled out, the organization could start to shift focus on the changes they are making on the field. While there are a few Panthers players than would make sense in the Burgundy and Gold next season, there's one veteran that makes no sense for Washington.
That would be quarterback Cam Newton.
"I don't see the [Redskins] going after Cam Newton," NBC Sports analyst Chris Simms said. "I don't think that would be the right move."
Simms cited the growth of Redskins passer Dwayne Haskins toward the end of the 2019 season as the main reason Washington should stick with the 22-year-old, rather than have Rivera chase his former QB in Newton.
"Dwayne Haskins showed promise towards the end of the year before he hurt his ankle. He was getting better every week," Simms said. "I liked what I saw down the stretch from Dwayne. You don't want to hamper that development and have him sit on the bench for the next year or two behind Cam Newton."
Haskins had his growing pains as a rookie, but certainly hit his stride during the final two games of his season before spraining his ankle against the Giants in Week 16. In the final six quarters of Haskins' rookie season, he threw for 394 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions on a 72 percent completion rate. For the first time, he looked like a really good quarterback with a promising future.
Going after Newton would not necessarily be an upgrade at the position, either.
Newton turns 31 years old in May and health has been a major concern for the passer over the past couple of seasons. Newton missed 14 games a year ago with a foot injury and missed two games the year prior with a shoulder injury.
The Panthers quarterback still has one year left on his contract, but his physical, bruising style of play, combined with his age, is a major concern for any team interested in the former MVP.
"Plus Cam Newton, he's risky himself," Simms said. "Age 30, playing the quarterback position as physical as he has, more physical than any other quarterback in the history of the sport? He's headed to that point in his career where you go, 'How many years does he have left?'"
Newton and Rivera have a long history together. Rivera was hired as the Panthers head coach in January of 2011 and selected Newton with the No. 1 overall pick that same year. The two had been together ever since, winning four division titles and making a Super Bowl appearance in 2015.
Now that Rivera is in a new place with a new organization, it's time to move on from Newton and invest in the young, promising quarterback the Redskins currently have on their roster.
"You drafted Dwayne Haskins in the top 20 of the draft. He's your guy," Simms said. "You've got Terry McLaurin, hopefully Derrius Guice can get back healthy, get another receiver, and maybe Jordan Reed can stay healthy...and I go 'Maybe watch out for the Washington Redskins.' There are some pieces in place there."
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