Washington Football Team Coach Reveals No Solid Quarterback Option Decided Yet

Published 03/10/2021, 3:12 PM EST
Dec 27, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks on from the sidelines after being benched against the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


The Washington Football Team are looking for reinforcements this off-season. After a promising season last year, where Washington reached the Playoffs, they want to continue building on their project.

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Alex Smith was a solid quarterback for them last season. As was Dwayne Haskins. However, it appears as though they are looking for better options ahead of the next season.

Washington Football Team Head Coach Ron Rivera spoke to the press recently. He revealed that the team does not have any solid plans as of yet for the quarterback option.

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They have the NFL draft coming soon, and free agency as well. The franchise will be testing all of their options and coming to a decision soon that will be best suited for their plans going forward.

“We’re going through this process. Free agency starts next week. The draft is in 50 days, I understand. So we still have time, and we’re going to continue to explore all the options that are out there.

“I get it, you guys want answers, but we don’t have answers for you right now because we’re still working through the process.

Nov 26, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) warms before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Football Team at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Rivera added that the franchise has an exciting project on its hands. And the way to move that forward is by improving the team in the off-season.

Therefore, the decisions that are taken to bring certain players in are crucial. While they would love to get ‘franchise quarterbacks’, if they are not available, they will take a chance with players who show great promise.

“We have an opportunity to grow it the right way in all three phases. So if the ‘franchise guy’ isn’t out there, we’re going to go with guys who we believe give us a chance to win.

“And that’s really what you do. Do you want to be able to say this is our franchise quarterback? Well yeah, you would love to.” 

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Washington are still looking for a solid quarterback option. And while the offseason does not bring about guarantees, Rivera seemed optimistic.

He noted that the team is going to continue to work and try to find the best option possible for themselves ahead of the new season.

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Dec 13, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to pass during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

“But you don’t know that until the quarterback starts playing- or quarterbacks. And once that happens, then you’ll know. So we’ve just got to be able to continue to go through this, study the players, and get the one that we feel can become that player. And we’ll see what happens.”

Who will be the new starting quarterback for Washington? Alex Smith’s days in Washington were always numbered. And Dwayne Haskins is now a part of the Steelers. But this leaves Washington with a conundrum of who to place in the quarterback spot.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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