Given how truly awful the NFC East is, it comes as no surprise that one team is already making a starting quarterback change five weeks into the 2020 NFL season. The Washington Football Team is officially benching 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins for veteran Kyle Allen.
Haskins was certainly playing poorly enough to lose his starting job. Here’s how he ranks in some notable categories:
- Completion percentage: 27th
- Yards per attempt: 26th
- QBR: 32nd
- Passer rating: 29th
- DYAR: 30th
- DVOA: 29th
- PFF grade: 34th
It’s also not like Washington’s coaching staff is super invested in Haskins. Ron Rivera’s regime wasn’t in place when the Football Team selected him at No. 15 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.
With that said, this benching doesn’t really make sense because it’s not like Allen is a long-term answer. The 24-year-old is coming off a 2019 season where he had an 80.0 passer rating, which ranked third worst in the league. Washington might as well stick with Haskins and see if he can figure things out. But he’s now instead the No. 3 behind both Allen and Alex Smith.
The Football Team is eschewing a bigger picture outlook with the short-term interest in making a push to win the abysmal NFC East. We’ll see how that works out for them.
The Eagles don’t play Washington again until Week 17. Who will be starting at quarterback for them at that point? Will it even be a game that matters for either team? Will the NFL season even make it that far due to COVID issues?
From an Eagles perspective, it’s pretty frustrating that they were the only team to lose to Haskins. It’s not like he played great against Philly’s defense; he was mainly aided by the Eagles’ offense turning the ball over and giving him great starting field position to work with. Still annoying how they weren’t able to get any takeaways off of him.
Another thing to consider here is how Carson Wentz’s numbers are even worse than Haskins’ in the same categories I posted above:
- Completion percentage: 28th
- Yards per attempt: 32nd
- QBR: 29th
- Passer rating: 33rd
- DYAR: 33rd
- DVOA: 33rd
- PFF grade: 33rd
Wentz had his best game in Week 4 ... but that was a very low bar to clear. He needs to be MUCH better moving forward.