Redskins Week 13 Reality Checks: If Bruce Allen is out, a rebuild can begin
By Tim Payne
5. The Reality Is, Dwayne showed progress against Detroit and faces an even tougher test against Carolina.
Haskins looked terrible for three quarters against Detroit and pedestrian in the fourth. The most obviously encouraging sign in the game was his clutch execution on the final two drives of the day.
But I’d argue that his decision-making and command of the offense all day was much more important long-term. If he continues to make the right reads and the right throws, I fully believe the accuracy can and will improve. Combine the right reads with accuracy and a clutch-ness the Redskins haven’t experienced at the quarterback position since late-season 2015 Kirk Cousins, and the Haskins might actually live up to the hometown hype.
Don’t expect a breakout performance by Haskins against Carolina. But look for him to continue to develop his comfort in and command of the offense. If that happens and he can move from 44.8 percent passing up to something acceptable, like 60 percent, and the Redskins offense might be able to make a decent showing against the Panthers this Sunday.
My Prediction: Haskins will again show some encouraging signs, the offense will score more points, and the young offensive core will look more dynamic in week two of the O’Connell play-calling era. But the defense will take a step back as Manusky can’t bring himself to stick with what worked last week, so the Redskins will fall 31-20 in Carolina.
Keep the faith, Redskins fans…and keep up hope that maybe 2020 will be the year the Redskins start something special. It’s really all we have.