ASHBURN, Virginia (AP) – Since the Washington Redskins fired Jay Gruden 0-5 and replaced him with Bill Callahan, they have had one win and three losses to show the coach change.
Five straight defeats to open the season have already dashed hopes in the Washington playoffs, but there is little tangible evidence that the change is paying off in the short or long term. The Redskins in the farewell week of a lost season are a team with no definitive answer in the quarterback, solutions to attack and defense problems or a visible organizational plan for the future.
Callahan has repeatedly set the expectation of winning the next game and said he does not receive any guidance from the front office on how to develop young players in the coming years. On Monday, he declined to name Dwayne Haskins the starting QB after the 15th overall choice turned into an efficient, if not spectacular, start for the NFL.
"I just want to take my time and decide where we are going – the direction we are going," Callahan said.
Reports emerged on Wednesday that the bronze team told Haskins that he is now the starter, which finally puts the Redskins on a similar path with other teams at the bottom of the standings. The New York Jets 1-7 are playing their second season with first-round Sam Darnold, and first with coach Adam Gase; division 2-6 rival New York Giants began the Daniel Jones era in week 3; 0-8 Cincinnati Bengals last week named Ryan Finley, fourth round, its incumbent; and 1-7 Miami Dolphins – the only team Washington has defeated – is in well-documented tank mode.
The 1-8 Redskins did not change anyone on time and had not yet pushed for a full youth movement. And as long as they are measured for wins rather than growth, there will be many more unmet expectations in the coming weeks. Washington can only be favored twice in its final seven games.
"The frustration is that we are simply not winning," rookie Jimmy Moreland said following his most recent defeat in Buffalo on Sunday. "That's the frustration there as a whole. We put in a lot week by week. It's hard to come out with a result like this every week."
At the very least, owner Dan Snyder and President Bruce Allen turned Gruden off and set the clock for a ninth different coach in 20 years. Callahan, who worked with Allen in Oakland, looks like a palliative there, but may be among those considered along with offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell and some high profile outside candidates.
The next logical step is to give Haskins the keys to O'Connell's offense to test him, should O'Connell be the next coach and see if the Redskins pull an Arizona Cardinals and lead a quarterback in the first round. years ago. Snyder's support for Haskins makes his move unlikely.
Callahan had already called Case Keenum a beginner when healthy, and a veteran concussion is the only reason Haskins started against the Bills. Despite four interceptions in two relief appearances early in his rookie year, Haskins seems to be able to learn some lessons in the field without any concern that he will be hampered by fights.
Haskins has become more confident with the Bills game, finished 15 of 22 for 144 yards and has the right mindset to develop quickly.
"I was seeing the field getting better and better as the game progressed (there were) things I saw before it happened, and that's part of the defender," Haskins said. "In my short career and the amount of snaps throughout my career, I just want to play naturally and instinctively."
Against Darnold and the Jets at home, on November 17, Haskins will have a safety valve in the race, Adrian Peterson, who ran 108 yards in Buffalo and could be a workhorse for Callahan. Peterson and veteran striker Donald Penn can also provide the balance between hard love and the support Haskins may need.
"I told him to be relaxed, trust us if he needs something and things like that," Penn said. "I said, 'Don't be afraid to be a leader and control. If you see something you don't like in the group, say it. I said,' The guys will respect that a lot more. Don't expect one of us do it. "
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