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Ron Rivera Presser: Starting Kyle Allen is not an indictment on Dwayne Haskins Jr.

Ron Rivera speaks to the media after today’s practice

Washington Football Team Head Coach Ron Rivera held a lengthy Zoom presser today following the news that Dwayne Haskins Jr. was being benched for #2 QB Kyle Allen. Rivera said he has been thinking about this move for a while, and the status of the NFC East helped push the decision. Washington is 1-3 and only a half game behind the Eagles. Rivera wants a QB who is familiar with their system, and one that will give them the best chance to achieve their “short-term goals”

Rivera said this isn’t an indictment on Dwayne Haskins Jr., but also said he didn’t see the growth he needed over the first 4 games. The door is not closed for Haskins, but for now he will sit on the bench and watch as Kyle Allen and Alex Smith are active on gamedays. He admits that it’s not a fair situation for Haskins with new coaches, no OTAs, preseason, and a limited mini-camp. He heard Haskins’ agents complaints about lack of weapons on offense, but Kyle Allen will be stepping in an playing with the same players.

Rivera also mentioned that he has noticed frustration from players when Haskins play has limited the offense, and put more pressure on the defense. The decision is his, but he laid out his plan for team owner Dan Snyder and he was supportive. Offensive Coordinator Scott Turner also agreed with the plan, and is reportedly very high on Kyle Allen.

QB switch:

Dwayne Haskins Jr.:

Haskins reaction to benching:

4th down play/test vs Ravens:

One win short:

Scout team:


Door not closed?:

Not enough growth:

NFC East:

Kyle Allen:

Dwayne Haskins’ agent:

Short-term glory:

Player frustration:

System QBs:

Coach’s decision:

Alex Smith:

Developing young QBs:

Unfair situation:

Dan Snyder:

Scott Turner: