Redskins’ Bill Callahan won’t yet start Dwayne Haskins
After firing Jay Gruden early on Monday morning, Washington Redskins team president said that interim head coach Bill Callahan would make all the quarterback decisions. While Callahan didn’t say who would start in Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins, he did say who won’t: rookie Dwayne Haskins.
Callahan said Haskins is not a candidate to start “right now,” per Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. That leaves Case Keenum and Colt McCoy as the two options.
Haskins’ only NFL action to date came in a Week 4 loss to the New York Giants. The No. 15 pick in the 2019 draft stepped in for Keenum and proceeded to throw 9 of 17 for 107 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. Though Haskins’ NFL debut was ugly, neither Keenum or McCoy have done much for the Washington offense when playing.
In Keenum’s four games played, he has tallied 970 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions on a 68.1% completion rate. He boasts a 93.8 passer rating, and has yet to win a game as the starter. The veteran quarterback has also turned the ball over three times on fumbles.
McCoy got his first start for Washington in 2019 in Week 5. Against the stingy New England Patriots defense, he managed to go 18 for 27 for 118 yards and an interception, while also taking six sacks.
In all, Callahan will choose between Keenum and McCoy. For Haskins, that may not be a bad thing. He doesn’t have the pressure to turnaround a 0-5 team, nor does he have to play behind their putrid offensive line. The rookie can take 2019 as a developmental year to get ready to show what he can do with a competent team in 2020.
Or Callahan can throw Haskins into the fire and potentially watch him burn.