If he’s willing to accept Rivera’s challenge and “stay at the facility until they run him out of the building,” as Williams put it Friday, then the 2020 starting job likely will be his. As much as the new coach likes to remind people about Alex Smith or another veteran passer possibly coming to Washington, Haskins will have the most upside of any option and he still remains the favorite to be under center in Week 1.
“I’ve seen them all,” McLaurin told the Redskins radio broadcast team last week on Radio Row, per the team’s official website. “In college, I felt like Chase was the most productive of the three, and he has a chance to possibly be the best. That doesn’t take anything away from [Joey and Nick]. That just tells you how good he can be.”
Staff changes will have the biggest impact on: Culture. The Redskins had a poor culture, one that was not conducive to winning. It wasn’t about the players last season as much as it was the organization. In the past, they did have an issue with players showing up late for meetings and sometimes practices. Rivera had the pingpong table removed from the locker room, a symbolic gesture. But it hammers home a point: He wants things to be earned and knows that now is the time to lay the foundation for what he wants.
Despite the poor supporting cast and the fact that Haskins was raw to begin with, he did show positive growth as the season wore on. Haskins remains a high-upside quarterback with elite arm talent and the ability to throw with anticipation.