Urban Meyer’s passionate defense of Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins
Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins did not have a great rookie campaign, and he is taking a lot of heat for it.
But count his former collegiate coach among those who feel that Haskins is getting a bad rap.
Urban Meyer, who coached Haskins at Ohio State, thinks that the youngster’s poor supporting cast with the Redskins was a significant reason for his lackluster NFL debut:
“I hate to be so simplistic on this, but you better surround him with some really good players,” Meyer told Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks on the Move the Sticks podcast, via Grant Gordon of NFL.com. “The NFL is amazing to me is that the minute a team, they draft a quarterback, they put him on a very bad team or there are a lot of culture issues. Which I, I don’t want to start throwing stones, but I do know. I talk to my guys. I talk to a lot of these players. So it’s the quarterback’s fault now that their coach got fired after what, [Week 5]. They were in complete disarray and it’s the quarterback’s fault now.”
Meyer makes a great point about the Redskins.
The organization has been a mess for quite some time, making the playoffs just five times since 1993. They were terrible before Haskins got there, so the fact that they went 3-13 in his first season should not be all that surprising.
That being said, at some point, the quarterback does need to elevate a team, so if Haskins has another rough go of it in his second season, the spotlight on him will begin to burn that much brighter.
The Redskins took Haskins with the 15th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.