By Lewis Gould
WFT coach Ron Rivera is risking losing the locker room if he continues to start Dwayne Haskins at quarterback, former NFL executive Michael Lombardi told 106.7 The Fan.
“The problem Rivera has, and this is what he’s going to share with his owner,” Lombardi said, imagining the conversation Rivera will need to have with Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder. “He’s going to say, ‘Dan, look. I can’t stand in front of these guys and tell ’em Dwayne Haskins is the best player. They’re gonna lose respect for me. If he doesn’t play well, they’re gonna lose respect for me.’
“Now I know — and this is all me paraphrasing — I know that I promised you I was going to give Dwayne Haskins a fair chance,” he continued. “I know I promised you I wouldn’t bring anybody in to compete for a job with him. However, after three games, I’ve got to say to you that promise is running out.”
Even with only 10 starts under his belt (12 games total), Haskins has already shown enough for Lombardi to say he’s not the guy for the job.
“This notion of ‘we’ve got to give him more time,’ well, when you’re lost, do you need more time?” he said. “You need to redirect yourself, and so time isn’t gonna be of the essence. And I think when you look at the case of Dwayne Haskins, Jr., and you study the 12 games that he’s played, and you go back and look at his collegiate career, you’ve gotta ask yourself: were you right with that evaluation?
“For me, after 12 games, I see everything I saw in college on Dwayne Haskins that I didn’t like, that I was concerned about — the (anticipatory) throws, the staring down, the not having a rhythm in what he does, not being able to control the football, not being able to eliminate turnovers in his game. All those things, I saw as a collegiate player. I would have never drafted him, ever, so I wouldn’t have had this decision.”