Redskins’ Jay Gruden Didn’t Want Dwayne Haskins

In April, the Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the No. 15 overall pick. However, he wasn’t necessarily the selection of head coach Jay Gruden, a person with knowledge of the coach’s thinking tells Les Carpenter of the Washington Post

Haskins started just 14 games at Ohio State and Redskins coaches do not feel that he is ready to play. He did see some time in the Redskins’ losing effort to the Giants, but Gruden & Co. do not want to give him a full baptism by fire.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Gruden’s distaste for Haskins, or his preference for another QB. Earlier this year, it was reported that Gruden actually wanted Daniel Jones, who went No. 6 overall to the Giants. The G-Men have won two straight games with Jones leading the way. The Redskins, meanwhile, are 0-4.

Gruden, meanwhile, seems tired of the debate on whether the rookie should be starting ahead of Case Keenum or Colt McCoy.

No matter what we do with him, we’re going to be wrong,” Gruden said, sarcastically, this week, “So, it really doesn’t matter.”

As of this writing, the Redskins have yet to decide on their starter for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. No matter what, it’s safe to say that Haskins will be a part of the team’s plans beyond 2019. The same cannot be said for Gruden, who is winless in 2019 and possibly at odds with owner Dan Snyder.

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  1. infield fly

    Doesn’t really matter does it, since Gruden won’t be there much longer!

    • kevin

      need the owner to stay out of the draft hes f’ed it up before with forcing RG3

  2. have you seen my baseball

    That’s the kinda stuff that comes out right before the coach is gone.

  3. amk3510

    And this situation just gets weirder when Alex Smith is ready to play again, although that won’t be until 2020

    • Ironman_4life

      Smith still needs more surgeries and is still battling infection. Id say his career is over.

  4. Thronson5

    That O Line is terrible. Absolutely terrible! Why even put him in? So he gets killed out there and you ruin his confidence? Keenum is out there getting nailed, head nearly taken off and people put the. Lame on him and Gruden. Management is one of the worse I’ve ever seen as well and ownership with the Redskins.

  5. lambeau gang

    Hmm, Jay Gruden discriminating against a black QB? That’s never happened before…

        • Steezy

          Yeah, and it was Nate Peterman level awful. He’s got plenty of potential, I liked his skill set coming out of college. But early reports are already questioning his love for the game. During games he can be seen at the end of the bench laughing and smiling when Keenum made a bad throw, versus hanging out with the qbs and trying to learn from people’s mistakes. Not the kind of QB that sounds like a Star in the making.

          • have you seen my baseball

            I guess you’re right all it takes is a half of your first game to decide your career.

      • lambeau gang

        Gruden benched RGIII when he was finally healthy for Kirk Cousins. Dude never even gave Robert a chance, he just ran him right out of DC.

        • Boston2AZ

          No one could run RGIII out of anywhere without him getting injured in the process.

        • Polish Hammer

          It’s a good thing R2D2 went elsewhere and proved him wrong.

        • rocky7

          Exactly how long and how many injuries later was that for RGlll? And, moving on from the Redskins, exactly how many rings does RGlll have?

        • Rocket32

          lambeau gang If you think that was discrimination your delusional. Cousins isn’t all that himself but he’s simply better then RGIII. There really is no argument anymore that that wasn’t the right decision. What has RGIII done in the NFL since losing the job to Cousins? Nothing except get hurt. Meanwhile Cousins is still a starter to this day, and earned himself a nice contract.

    • rocky7

      Maybe its more discriminating against a QB who started a whole 14 games in a career surrounded by outstanding talent at every position…..which potentially masked exactly what you are getting a a very demanding cerebral position…”.the league done messed up” ain’t exactly a positive vote there!

    • amk3510

      Dumb take and awful reach. Cousins is not thay good but he is easily better than RG3. They won a division title the season he benched RG3.

    • lambeau gang

      I was mainly being facetious. But you don’t give up on a 2nd overall pick talent just like that. Gruden clearly had something against the guy, and his biases are tearing their ugly head again.

      • amk3510

        You give up when the player stinks. Rams did the same with Robinson. RG3 has done nothing in the 4 seasons since he left DC. Your arguing that Gruden did something right to hold against him

      • fieldsj2

        RG3 was done as soon as the NFL D coordinators had tape on him. That wasn’t Grudens fault. Hell Shanahan took Cousins in the same draft. That tells me he wasn’t completely comfortable with RG3 either.

  6. MBarry

    If the Redskins lose to Miami, he’ll be fired before the team makes it to the airport.

  7. tylerall5

    Haskins is the most talented QB from that draft. However he’s raw and needs to be redshirted. The lines awful, no supporting cast, it’s a recipe for disaster. Let him learn, get acclimated, and then improve the team in the offseason for him. When you take a QB in the first round it’s an investment, a guy who could be with your team for nearly 20 years. Don’t ruin your investment in a lost season.

    • Haskins has a lot of talent but had only one year as a starter at college level. Haskins is a big talent but not a cerebral one (think Ben Roethlisberger rather than Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers or Alex Smith). You’re right, he needs time and coaching. Plus Haskins is not a natural scrambler. It would be crazy to put him out there and have him injured or lose his confidence.

      • tylerall5

        Exactly what I’m saying. I hate the thought that QBs should start year one. It’s the most important position on the field and requires time to learn it. Rookie receivers can come in and make big plays, rookie linebackers can solidify a defense year one, but the learning curve isn’t as steep. Aaron Rodgers was a redshirt his first year and look what happened.

  8. ChiSoxCity

    The Redskins were a dumpster fire long before Gruden showed up. So why are fans so eager to see him get fired? Nothing changes until their incompetent owner stops meddling with personnel moves. Hire a GM who can evaluate talent and stay out of the locker room.

  9. MileHighFan

    The long history of NFL success by Ohio State quarterbacks seems to …. Oh wait. There IS no success by Ohio State quarterbacks in the NFL.

    • have you seen my baseball

      To say any school has a long history of Success producing NFL QB’s is laughable.

  10. itslonelyatthetrop

    Haskins belongs in a place where he can be patiently and painstakingly molded into a starting NFL QB. This takes stability at the coaching ranks, something WAS isn’t known for, a strong supporting cast, and time. WAS needs victories quickly to lobby for a new stadium, and has few pieces to make even the best QBs successful.

    In short, he’s at the wrong place at the wrong time. It may cost him his career. Perhaps Stephen A. Smith was right, he should be a mobile QB- as in mobilize his way out of DC ASAP.

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