GMEN HQ: Kyle Allen left Sunday’s game hurt after Dwayne Haskins’ being benched. Who should start at quarterback this week? Allen, Smith, or Haskins? Why?
Riggo’s Rag: In truth, there isn’t a right answer for Washington at this point. Dwayne Haskins had some good flashes at the beginning of the season, but he also failed to make game-changing plays downfield and did struggle on occasions with turnovers (four vs. the Browns really sunk the
team in that game).
As great as Smith’s comeback story is – for my money, he should be the Comeback Player of
the Year – he didn’t look good in relief of Kyle Allen against the Rams. Granted, he was being
pressured relentlessly and he was dealing with the elements (rain), but he could only check the
ball down and misfired on his one deep pass to Terry McLaurin.
For the time being, Allen will likely be the starter for Washington. He seems to have Ron
Rivera’s trust and he did lead Washington to an early lead against the Rams. He’ll need to make
more downfield plays, but he will start at the position.
If I were running the team, I’d probably give Haskins a chance to start this week. I thought the
plug was pulled on him a bit too early this year, but Allen is a developmental guy as well. Either
is a fine option as the rebuilding WFT assesses their options, but Allen will have to get the
offense clicking to earn the starting job beyond Week 6.