Redskins: 5 reasons why Dwayne Haskins will succeed
By Seth Barnes
As a Redskins fan, I feel super grateful to have Jay Gruden. As a person, I feel bad for Jay Gruden. RGIII drama, Kirk Cousins drama, Alex Smith blah-ness. I can’t imagine any other way this team would be consistently competitive and have any semblance of stability. It seems like we’ve jerked him around a good deal, and haven’t given him the tools to be successful. Until this year, that is. I just hope the Redskins brass has enough patience to wait another year beyond this season, to let the Haskins-Gruden relationship and process play out.
Jay Gruden has demonstrated consistent excellence when it comes to developing quarterbacks, and adjusting the team’s identity to give itself the best chance to win. If anyone can develop Haskins, it’s Gruden.
The challenge for him will be balancing the development of both Haskins and first time offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell. I’m interested to see how hands-on Matt Cavanaugh is in all of this as the “Senior Offensive Assistant”. Then there’s quarterbacks coach Tim Rattay, who will of course be the most hands-on. It’s interesting that each of these coaches have experience playing the position.
I should add in here that Haskins has the leadership, but needs time to mature. He has the ability to quickly process what’s coming at him, but he hasn’t done that at an NFL level yet. He has the attitude, and needs to let that fuel him past the criticism that’s sure to fly his way. He has a great set of running backs behind him, but he needs to let them carry the load while he acclimates to the professional game. And he has the coach to put these pieces together, but the front office needs to be patient enough to let Gruden work his process.
Otherwise, they could kill Haskins’ potential, sink the franchise to depths unseen (yes, that’s hard to imagine) and lose what little fans remain.