When the Redskins drafted Dwayne Haskins 15th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, the organization committed to making the Ohio State product its franchise quarterback of the future.
Even though he was a first-round pick, it was uncertain when the Redskins would first play Haskins. During training camp, NBC Sports Washington ran as series called 'The Dwayne Decision,' polling a bunch of experts as to what the team should do with Haskins. While opinions differed, there was one main consensus: once you play Haskins, the ripcord is pulled. There's no turning back.
That's exactly what has not happened.
Haskins has played in three separate games, twice in relief and once as a starter. He was not impressive in either relief appearance. In his first start Week 9 in Buffalo, he didn't impress, but he didn't look bad, either.
With a playoff appearance far out of reach, it only makes sense for the Redskins to start Haskins the rest of the season, but head coach Bill Callahan has not confirmed such and plans to make a decision on Monday, Nov. 11.
On the latest Redskins Talk podcast, NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay, Mitch Tischler and Pete Hailey are joined by ESPN's John Keim to discuss whether the way Washington has used Haskins thus far in 2019 will be detrimental to his future.
The debate starts around the 8:00 minute mark. Listen to the podcast below.
"[Haskins] is a young, impressionable-minded kid, and the Redskins are yo-yoing with him a little right now," Tischler said. "Isn't that also detrimental to his growth?"
"I don't know if it's detrimental," Finlay responded. "To me, I think the best course of action would have been, 'Hey, we liked the way he played, he's our guy.' I feel like there is a space between what the best way was to go and detrimental, and I think it's somewhere in there. I don't think it's the best route, certainly."
Keim weighed in on the issue as well.
"I also wonder what [Callahan has] told [the team] already, too," Keim said. "That's kind of happened a lot of times here, where they'll announce to us on Friday who's starting when in reality we knew that a couple of days earlier."
Keim went on to say that there may not be much of an advantage telling the team who the starter will be now, but that Callahan was very praise-worthy of Haskins following his first career start, and it would only make sense to build off it.
"This is why it's going to make sense [to start Haskins]," Keim said. "You give him another week, have the start, come back in and see how you prepare. Go back out, play the next game, see what you learned. Did you grow?"
What the Redskins will do regarding their quarterback situation has yet to be determined, but all three members of Redskins Talk podcast believe there is only one logical solution: play Haskins.
Tune into the Redskins Talk podcast to hear the full debate.
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