Redskins Coach Jay Gruden Reportedly 'Did Not Want' Dwayne Haskins

Ben Krimmel
October 04, 2019 - 10:19 am
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The one constant with the Washington Redskins the past few years: Quarterback uncertainty.

And despite trading for Alex Smith during the 2018 offseason, Case Keenum last offseason, and drafting Dwayne Haskins with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, uncertainty has remained. 

Part of that uncertainty has come in the form of multiple reports indicating a rift, starting before the draft, in thinking between head coach Jay Gruden and team president Bruce Allen and owner Daniel Snyder.

Les Carpenter is the latest to report of a disagreement between the head coach and the Redskins ownership over Haskins. According to "a person with knowledge of Gruden's thinking" the Skis head coach "did not want Haskins," Carpenter wrote in The Washington Post Friday.

Carpenter added Haskins has downplayed the idea he wasn't Gruden's top choice publicly but citing a "person close to the rookie quarterback," Haskins has evidently sensed that is the case.

Last week, after college football analyst Joel Klatt said on the Rich Eisen Show the Redskins "coaching staff never was on board with the selection," Haskins called the report in a Twitter post: "Fake news." Haskins later deleted the post soon after it was posted.

Prior to the NFL Draft, 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen reported, "(Snyder) loves Dwayne Haskins and, I think, Bruce Allen, from what I was told, loves Dwayne Haskins... The football guys don't as much." 

Paulsen added Gruden likes Daniel Jones and Drew Lock and "I don't think (Gruden) wants to take a quarterback at all, for the record." 

After training camp, with veteran Colt McCoy injured, the starting quarterback job went to Keenum over Haskins, who by all accounts from outside the building won the job outright. However, Keenum has struggled during the season leading to his benching in Week 4. This saw Haskins get his first playing time of his NFL career. The rookie also failed to impress, throwing three picks. 

Earlier this week, ESPN's NFL analyst Louis Riddick accused Gruden of setting up Haskins to fail by throwing him into action in the middle of a game.

"Do you think he feels totally supported in this entire process?" Riddick said Monday. "These are the kinds of things, I talk about all the time about setting people up for success. That young man right now is being set up for failure. And Dan Snyder needs to recognize that."

Gruden's power within the organization has long been an unanswered question with The Sports Junkies' Eric Bickel saying in March the head coach was "not being consulted" on certain moves in free agency. Bickel said his source told him Gruden was "super frustrated Bruce (Allen) is calling all the shots."

All of this could be coming to conclusion, as reports indicate Gruden will be fired after the Redskins play Sunday against the New England Patriots. Gruden has yet to name a starting quarterback for Week 5, but it will likely be one of the veterans and not Haskins.

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