Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera has named Dwyane Haskins as the team's starting quarterback a week ahead of the start of the new season. Haskins, the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft, didn't impress in the games he played last season but new Washington coach Rivera is showing confidence in his young quarterback.
Alex Smith, who signed with Washington in 2018, missed the entire last season but now he is ready to go and coach Rivera had to choose between him and Haskins. "I made a commitment 10 years ago to another young quarterback and just told him: 'Hey, you know what, I'm choosing you because I believe in you,'" Rivera said, per ESPN.
"That's really how I feel about Dwayne. He's lived up to his part of our conversation in January. Because of that, I'm living up to mine. "He deserves the opportunity. He's going to get my support. Hopefully we can ride it as long as I rode it with Cam.
You want to be able to have that guy and have that guy in place." When Washington took Haskins, they hoped he would become a franchise quarterback. "There's a certain aspect of being the face of the franchise in terms of being the starting quarterback that you have to deal with," Rivera said.
"He has to carry himself a certain way. He has to deal with on-the-field issues the same way he deals with off-the-field issues. I thought he's done a great job. I think part of it, too, is developing who he is not just physically but mentally."
Haskins determined to prove himself
Haskins wants to be a leader for his team and lead them to success. "When I got drafted here, I wanted to show that I was the franchise QB here," Haskins said after Monday's practice.
".. I wanted to show this coaching staff how much I love the game, how great of a leader I want to be, how I can be reliable in situations and make the right plays and get some wins." Haskins says he is not a rookie anymore and he expects to have a better season this year.
"Just growing up and being more mature," Haskins said. "Being two years removed from college, you kind of know what works for you and what doesn't. Just trying to figure a workout regimen that works for me and a plan for me to take place to show that I'm ready to go. I did that this year, and I think it's showing on the field."