Ron Rivera speaks out on his plans for the QB position in 2020
Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera isn’t ready to commit to his starting quarterback for the 2020 season just yet.
During his introductory press conference, Rivera said that Dwayne Haskins has all the potential to be a franchise quarterback, but wasn’t ready to say that would start next season.
“What we’re trying to do right now is to develop that plan for his development as we go forward,” Rivera said, via John Keim of ESPN.com. “There’s a couple good veteran quarterbacks that [will] get some opportunities to play as well. We won’t know until we get ready to open up in September, so until then, everything is just a process. We can’t get ahead of it; we’ve got to stay to the plan and make sure we’re preparing ourselves properly to win football games.”
Rivera said the first thing that Haskins needs to work on is being a leader. That doesn’t necessarily mean winning games, it’s about getting people to believe in and follow him.
“He’s going to have to step up and become a leader,” Rivera said. “All the great ones have become leaders and they’ve become leaders whether they’re rookies or they’re 10-, 12-year vets.”
If Rivera doesn’t want to go with Haskins he has a lot of options, including Cam Newton who might be available through trade. Case Keenum and Colt McCoy are both pending free agents and there is a chance one of those guys could stick around.
No matter who the Redskins decide to start, Ron Rivera needs them to perform well because his time in Washington will probably come down to the quarterback.