Redskins interim Head Coach Bill Callahan spoke with reporters the day after the Redskins overtime loss to the Giants. Dwayne Haskins Jr. suffered a high-ankle sprain during yesterday's game and couldn't finish his great start. He will need several weeks to recover and will miss the season finale against the Dallas Cowboys. Callahan praised his progress over the last few weeks.
Watch Live: Interim Head Coach Bill Callahan Speaks To The Media https://t.co/wJl4CSe13F— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) December 23, 2019
Dwayne Haskins Jr.:
Dwayne Haskins (ankle) will be OUT against the Dallas Cowboys— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) December 23, 2019
Dwayne Haskins is out for the Redskins against the Cowboys. Ankle injury will require a few weeks of rest and rehab.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) December 23, 2019
Callahan on Haskins: “I thought he made great progress this year.”— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) December 23, 2019
Callahan said Haskins progress has been "quite substantial" in seven starts. Felt like he was getting hot against the Giants before he was hurt. #Redskins #HTTR— Zach Selby (@DarDarBinx61) December 23, 2019
Callahan says Haskins took a huge jump the last few weeks. His reads got a lot better. He progressed a lot faster. He really took a leap.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) December 23, 2019
“Experience is invaluable.” He says that’s the biggest factor.
Attention to detail, footwork, working through his progressions faster are a few of the things Callahan said Haskins improved upon since his first initial game action.— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) December 23, 2019
What does Haskins need to do for his second season? Callahan says having a better feel for the incoming rush within the pocket. “I’ll think he’ll become even more efficient at making those types of plays,” he said.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) December 23, 2019
Back to Haskins.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) December 23, 2019
Callahan says his pocket awareness, feel for the rush and ability to escape will be a huge thing for him moving forward. He’s already shown big improvement (like the first TD to Sims), but that’s a big area for him to work on moving forward.
Callahan said that in order for Dwayne Haskins to take the next step, he thinks he’ll get better at recognizing which gap he can use to bail out, keeping plays alive like his touchdown throw to Sims and making tough throws with different arm angles like other QBs in the NFL.— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) December 23, 2019
Steven Sims Jr.:
Callahan says of Steven Sims: “I see him being a slot receiver for the Redskins for a long time. It’s the tip of the iceberg; he can do so much more.”— John Keim (@john_keim) December 23, 2019
Callahan pointed to @StevenSimsJr’s special teams success as an integral part of his recent success as a wideout. Showed that he could make an impact as a kick returner, and that’s continued in the slot.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) December 23, 2019
Bill Callahan on what he will remember most from this year - Bringing back a work ethic in the Redskins which he thought was lacking— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) December 23, 2019
Bill Callahan reflecting a bit, says he wanted to instill a work ethic in the team he felt was lacking. #redskins pic.twitter.com/XqlnQvH4Wk— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) December 23, 2019
Close is not good enough:
Bill Callahan preaching - “Close is not good enough in the National Football League.”— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) December 23, 2019
I wonder if all corners in Ashburn hear that message.
Head Coaching job:
Bill Callahan says he “absolutely” wants to keep the Redskins head coaching job but believes that’s business to be handled in offseason. Not with another game to be played.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) December 23, 2019
Callahan said he would like to stay on as Redskins coach but has not had talks with ownership about that— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) December 23, 2019