Washington Football Team Offensive Coordinator Scott Turner talked about the team’s decision to bench starting QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. and go with Kyle Allen. Haskins has been making the same mistakes repeatedly which is a major reason he will now be sitting at #3 on the depth chart. He has “a little bit of a ways to go” in his development. They called plays that played up to his strengths, but there were a lot of ups and downs over the first four games of the season. They are going to “formulate a plan” to keep Dwayne Haskins engaged and growing in the offense.
“Sometimes it’s good for a guy to take a step back and see things from another perspective.”
Turner is very familiar with Kyle Allen from their time together with the Carolina Panthers the last two years. He said Allen benefitted from sitting back and learning in Carolina, before taking over as the starter for an injured Cam Newton last year. He also benefited from starting this year as the #2 QB, and these lessons can also apply to Haskins as he steps back and watches. Turner thinks that Kyle Allen will be able to consistently run their offense.
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Dwayne Haskins Jr.:
Here's offensive coordinator Scott Turner on the QB switch... pic.twitter.com/4HVYsxfvLx— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) October 7, 2020
Scott Turner is up at the podium now. He said he talked with Rivera and 100% understood where he was coming from. "We just feel like [Haskins] has a little bit of a ways to go."— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 7, 2020
Offensive coordinator Scott Turner is addressing the media now. Said Dwayne Haskins had "ups and downs over these first four games." Did things that play towards his strengths, but there were also some repeat mistakes.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) October 7, 2020
"At this point, he's' got a little bit of a ways to go."
Scott Turner could "see the same things happening over and over again" with Dwayne. Coaches will tolerate mistakes, but not repetitive mistakes https://t.co/yKZrwXWoBk— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) October 7, 2020
OC Scott Turner says the team will "formulate a plan" to keep Dwayne Haskins engaged and growing in the offense.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) October 7, 2020
"There are times when you see the same things happening over and over. ... Sometimes it's good for a guy to take a step back and see things from another perspective."
OC Scott Turner on the benching of Dwayne Haskins: "Sometimes it's good for a guy to take a step back and see it from a different perspective." Said extended struggles can be "detrimental" to a young QB's development.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) October 7, 2020
Practice vs games:
Scott Turner: "Games and practices are two totally different things."— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) October 7, 2020
Scott Turner on Dwayne - Feels like he did a nice job in camp but it was very limited. mentions obvious that games are very different than camp.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) October 7, 2020
"It's very different when it's real football."
Offensive Coach Scott Turner - You want to build experiences, but you don’t want to form bad habits. This is a step back for Dwayne to see it from another advantage point. Not the end of the road. #WashingtonFootball— Julie Donaldson (@juliedonaldson_) October 7, 2020
Turner said he and Allen have a good relationship based on spending time together at Carolina.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 7, 2020
Turner said Kyle Allen benefited from taking a step back and seeing things from a different viewpoint. Allen spent time as a backup in Carolina before being named the Panthers' starter in 2019.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 7, 2020
OC Scott Turner said Kyle Allen benefitted from taking a step back and being the backup to start this season instead of being forced out there. Turner believes the same can be true for Dwayne Haskins.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) October 7, 2020
OC Scott Turner on what gave him confidence to go with QB Kyle Allen: "I think Kyle's going to consistently run the offense."— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) October 7, 2020
Scott Turner points out that Kyle Allen will have the same opportunity with the same players that Dwayne had. The coaches want to see how it plays out.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) October 7, 2020
Scott Turner says Alex Smith has not been hit by a defender yet during practice. Understanding that's not normal, I think it's something you'd want to do here. pic.twitter.com/iamaD82iM8— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) October 7, 2020
Scott Turner said that Alex Smith has not been hit at practice and they don't let the players hit or take them to the ground in practice— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) October 7, 2020
QB Alex Smith has not been hit or tackled to the ground in practice, OC Scott Turner said. He, like Ron Rivera, deferred to doctors in allowing Smith back onto the field.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) October 7, 2020
"I don't make those decisions."
Turner said WAS feels good about Smith and his development and this is another step in his development.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 7, 2020
State of the offense:
Scott Turner on the current state of the offense: "I feel like we're getting better, but we're nowhere near where we need to be."— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) October 7, 2020
Open up the playbook?:
OC Scott Turner, who worked with Kyle Allen in Carolina last season, said "No, I wouldn't necessarily say we're going to open up the playbook" with Allen starting.— Adam Zielonka (@Adam_Zielonka) October 7, 2020