“The League is Fucked”: defining moments of the Haskins era

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The Washington football team released quarterback Dwayne Haskins on Monday in an astonishing but predictable move given the unfolding of his career.
The Ohio State product never came close to meeting expectations in the nation’s capital, but it certainly left an imprint on the Washington franchise through a number of defining moments.

April 25, 2019: The laughter of the draft and “the league is screwed”

Confident as ever after a sensational college career, Haskins let out a chuckle when his childhood team, the New York Giants, picked a different quarterback – Daniel Jones – with the No.6 selection. Haskins and Jones were fighting to be the second quarterback in the table, as Kyler Murray was the top consensus signalman in the draft and was first overall.

Washington ended Haskins’ slide in 15th place, making the former Heisman Trophy finalist their quarterback of the future. The marriage was thought to be a match made in heaven: Haskins grew up in the nearby town of Potomac, Md., And vowed to work with a chip on his shoulder after falling on set. “The league screwed up,” he said after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the pick.

September 29, 2019: a lousy start

Haskins’ career got off to a slow start, as early season reports suggested he looked raw in practice. Washington started the season 0-3 and was losing a fourth game to the Giants when Haskins was inserted for a Case Keenum on the bench. He went 9-for-17 and threw three interceptions in his first appearance, and Washington lost 24-3.

October 4, 2019: The Jay Gruden Report

Five days after the difficult start, the Washington Post Carpenters reported that head coach Jay Gruden objected to Haskins’ drafting in the first place. Gruden and Haskins performed well in public, but Gruden’s reluctance to commit to Haskins as a starter in a quickly ending season fueled speculation that he never wanted the former Buckeyes star.

November 24, 2019: But first, let me take a selfie

After losing his first three starts, Haskins led Washington to back-to-back wins over the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers in Weeks 12 and 13. In the opening win, Keenum had to show up for the last on his knees because that Haskins was taking selfies with fans, providing one of the most embarrassing moments of his brief career.

February 28, 2020: Draft rumors

Washington ushered in a new regime in the offseason, and quarterback rumors were quick to follow. Michael Silver de NFL Network reported that new head coach Ron Rivera would consider drafting another flagman, adding that Tua Tagovailoa was a “very real possibility” at No. 2. While Washington ultimately did not choose Tagovailoa, Rivera later revealed that he would have selected Joe Burrow if the Cincinnati Bengals passed him to No.1.

September 2, 2020: Haskins named opening day starter

Eleven days before the start of the new season, Rivera named Haskins as the Week 1 starter ahead of Alex Smith and Kyle Allen. While throwing just 178 yards with a touchdown, Haskins led Washington to a surprising 27-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

October 7, 2020: Test bench

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As Haskins struggled and the glare of his Day 1 victory wore off, Washington demoted him to the third string in Week 5. The 23-year-old hadn’t shown much progress. in training or games and Washington was mired in a three. -game losing sequence.

October 23, 2020: COVID-19 protocol violation

Weeks after being benched, Haskins was fined for violating COVID-19 protocol. The sophomore reportedly booked a room for a family friend at the same hotel Washington was staying at before a road game, a flagrant violation of team rules. The club could have penalized him as much as $ 14,650, but he slapped him with a bill for $ 4,833.

December 13, 2020: Back in action

Smith’s calf injury paved the way for Haskins to return to the lineup against the San Francisco 49ers (Allen lost earlier in the season with a broken ankle). Haskins only threw for 51 yards, but Washington led when he came in and had no problem holding onto a 23-15 win to solidify his place atop the NFC East standings.

December 20, 2020: COVID-19 protocol violation

Yeah, he did it again. After throwing two interceptions at a vulnerable Seattle Seahawks defense and losing, Haskins came out and partied without a mask, allegedly at a strip club. He apologized for his second violation of team rules, although he denied going to a strip club. Washington punished him harder this time, fining him $ 40,000 and impeaching him as team captain.

December 27, 2020: back on the bench

Despite the events of the previous week, Haskins remained the Week 16 starter with Smith still caring for his healthy calf. Washington needed a win to win the NFC East, but for the second game in a row, Haskins failed to deliver. He made three giveaways against the lowly Carolina Panthers before Rivera pulled it off for fellow Taylor Heinicke, who nearly eclipsed his mileage in just two drives.

December 28, 2020: goodbye

Less than two full seasons after the start of his professional career, Washington pulled the plug. The team announced they are giving up on the once promising quarterback, who threw 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and posted a 74.4 passer rating in 16 career appearances.



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