Stephen A. Smith recently made an obscure statement that went viral on social media for all the wrong reasons. His comments on former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins were way off the mark.
During an episode of First Take on ESPN, Smith referred to Haskins as “more of a runner than a thrower,” making it pretty clear that he didn’t watch a single second of Ohio State football last year. Haskins threw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns while completing passes at a 70 percent clip. He rushed for just 108 yards on the year.
After Smith’s comments made the rounds on Twitter, former Buckeye defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones had a hilarious response.
“What!? If Dwayne slow a$$ was a running QB we would have been 1-13 instead of 13-1,” Jones said in a tweet.
WHAT!? If Dwayne slow a$$ was a running QB we would have been 1-13 instead of 13-1 https://t.co/bLcnGvAO0F
— Dre'Mont Jones (@TheOfficial_80) February 8, 2019
So, there wasn’t a whole lot of faith in Haskins’ ability to run, even from his teammates.
Over the next two months, there will be plenty of analysis on Haskins, and there will even be debates about whether Kyler Murray is a better NFL quarterback than the former Ohio State gunslinger. Most of those will be legitimate arguments.
But Smith’s comments were unfounded and ridiculous. It might be in his best interest to step away from making anymore bold claims about Haskins.