The Redskins on Monday named rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins their starting quarterback for the rest of the season.
Haskins, selected No. 15 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, has played in parts of three games but has not thrown a touchdown pass while being picked off four times. While he is clearly a better long-term option for a 1-8 team than now-backups Case Keenum and Colt McCoy, his introduction does little to shake the ever-deepening sense of doom in Washington.
Should Haskins prove his horrific start a blip over the final seven games, the Redskins would probably still struggle to win more than two more contests. After all, they have a 34-year-old running back in decline and just one receiver (Terry McLaurin) expected to last with the franchise much longer. Their defense is ranked No. 21 in yards allowed per game and No. 20 in points allowed per game.
There is also the widely discussed matter of a Daniel Snyder-owned organization being in constant disarray, its handling of Trent Williams’ cancer diagnosis representing the latest embarrassment. An underwhelming on-field product and even worse off-field situation presents a rough combination regardless of which passer occupies a stadium that no one wants anymore.
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Haskins can make life incrementally more bearable for Redskins fans, though, in the coming weeks. He is a local kid who can pair accuracy with arm strength when he has time in the pocket, and he brings about as good of a pedigree as a team can ask for.
With a schedule absent of top-5 passing defense, Haskins will have a chance to find more success than he has in limited opportunties to this point. Accustomed to playing under pressure at Ohio State, he is nonetheless inexperienced overall compared to other young quarterbacks. The lack of playoff contention for Washington gives him cover to progress through growing pains and show he can be a reliable option in the future.
It just might not move the needle in the grand scheme of franchise-wide rot.