Dwayne Haskins' reported stat bragging after loss furthers maturity concerns
Haskins' reported stats promoting maturity originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Here we are. The first weekend of the Kyle Allen era in Washington is just around the corner.
After Dwayne Haskins was relegated to third place on the quarterback depth map earlier this week, the conversation rages, unsurprisingly, about whether or not he was given enough time as a starter.
We're also hearing more and more details from Ashburn as to why Ron Rivera made this decision after just four weeks.
That's how it works. We should all get used to it now.
From the moment Haskins was drafted there were questions about his maturity and work ethic, and despite his obvious physical talents, many, including me, have always feared that those questions would get in the way of his growth.
According to 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen, Haskins was heard by teammates bragging about his numbers after Washington lost 31:17 to the Ravens last Sunday - and they weren't happy.
"One thing I heard from several people was that the final straw for Dwayne Haskins, okay - take this for what's worth it - was that there were a lot of people on the team, including some players, but also some Coach, didn't like the way he played after losing to Baltimore last weekend, "Paulsen said on Friday at 106.7 The Fan.
"And I was told that he ... and we saw that a bit on the field," Paulsen continued. "I know some people got bothered. I wasn't on the record because it just happened. But like he was super playful. He was having a good time with Robert Griffin and was hopping around and they had just lost the game.
"And that happens to me all the time. As you often see, I didn't make anything of it. But I know some people said, 'Why is he so happy? They only lost to the ravens.' Well, apparently in the locker room, he is being heard by players talking about his stats and throwing them 300 meters. "
"And the idea I was told was that there was some friction based on how he behaved after the game," Paulsen said. "As you just worked from Baltimore, your coach is sitting on the bench basically fighting cancer during the game. Your defenses are trying to hold their own but the ravens are pushing them around and he may have heard him Talked over 300 yards and his stats and things and that really bothered some people on the team. "
"Before I get to the next step, I want to pass that on," said Paulsen. "I heard this was a problem for this coaching team, in addition to the tweet his agent sent. So this weekend was a real problem for him even though he did 70 percent of his passes for 300 yards."
Let's look at that one part again: "He was super playful. He had a good time with Robert Griffin and was bouncing around and they'd just lost the game."
In a vacuum that might not be a big deal, right?
Do you remember the whole selfie thing last year? Or how about if he were ignored by his entire offensive line on the sidelines? Or the constant tweeting about what people were saying about him?
Do you remember how he was supposed to learn from his mistakes? Remember it wasn't a big deal in a big way, but he's the starting quarterback and has to think about the looks?
It is becoming increasingly clear that nothing has changed.
Haskins has a lot of talent, but he cares so much about what people say about him and what his workout looks like on Instagram that while it's not a distraction, it becomes one simply because of the look and feel of teammates can be.
I've always said Haskins cares too much about his own press. He rides the ups and downs with such a dramatic passion that the bigger picture gets in his way. It hinders its growth.
He is said to be one of the leaders of this team. I don't care how young he is, if you're a quarterback in the NFL you're held to a different standard.
The youth do not always dictate maturity anyway. Look at Lamar Jackson. See how much better he's gotten since joining the league. He had as many, if not more, critics than he was drafted, but bowed his head, ignored everything, and became an MVP.
Everything from body language to what you say in a press conference to what you tweet is held under an incredibly powerful microscope when you are the first quarterback in Washington. Add that to how you carry yourself around with your teammates and how you prepare for games during the week and there is very little room for error.
Dwayne Haskins has the knack for success at the NFL level, but if that downgrade doesn't wake him, his time in DC is probably over and we're back in Washington looking for another future quarterback.
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