Ron Rivera announces new starting QB between Alex Smith, Dwayne Haskins
Washington Football Coach Ron Rivera announced that Alex Smith will be the team’s starting quarterback going forward.
Ron Rivera confirms that Alex Smith will start next week for Washington in Detroit. Dwayne Haskins will be the backup.
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) November 8, 2020
Starter Kyle Allen suffered a gruesome lower leg injury in the team’s loss to the Giants on Sunday.
Smith replaced Allen early in the game, to mixed results: 24-of-32 for 325 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
This isn’t a great sign for Haskins’ career. He was a healthy scratch on Sunday and hasn’t played in a game since Oct. 4.
So far this season, Haskins has completed 61 percent of his passes but is averaging just 6.1 yards per attempt.
The front office and coaching staff that drafted Haskins in 2019 has since been replaced, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see them move on from the former Buckeye this offseason.
Washington could eventually give Haskins another chance this season, but they’re too close to the playoff hunt to give him the nod for the sole reason of being a younger player. Washington is 2-6 this year, but will be in second place in the NFC East if Dallas loses to Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Washington plays at Detroit next Sunday.