Interesting that Fitzpatrick wasn't even included in our previous poll, not did anyone write him in. That was a bolt from the dark
Literally my only criticism of Ron Rivera to date? He never should've tried to move forward with Dwayne Haskins. There's no question in my mind, he knew he wasn't going to be his QB before he even took the reigns officially here. We were sitting there with the 2nd pick in the draft and could've had Justin Herbert for the next decade. Even if they determined to select Young there and had not drafted a QB later (in a weak class), we'd have a lot better sense of what we have in Kyle Allen by now, and would be further along in knowing what we need vs. where we are now. Hell, we could be entering our 2nd season with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center.At least this year the player performing better is going to play.
When you allow sub-average performers like Haskins get gifted a starting job it tends to erode morale over time.
That’s why the team played better overall when Allen or Smith was out there.
Good and fair points Mark. Probably some revisionist perspective on my part too. You know that when we watched a ton of Haskins OSU film I was giddy with his potential. Even coming into this season, I still hoped all of the offseason stuff about how committed he was, his improved fitness, etc... that it was real and that we'd see the guy we'd hoped to see.Yeah, not sure how I feel about that, brother ... but it's just a feeling. I said when we hired Rivera that I didn't think he'd have taken the job here in the first place if he didn't think Haskins had a chance to be a legit NFL starter. He had so many other options.
To me it's entirely possible he came in with an open mind about Haskins. He'd seen the same films the rest of us have ... and the potential there. What he didn't get was a chance to sit down with the kid and look him in the eye. Or the chance to really work with him after he got here given the severely limited offseason and zero preseason. The way it all played out almost forced his hand to at least LOOK at Haskins in action.
Just a theory, but my feeling is Ron had to go through the same process with the kid the rest of us did. See the arm, see the potential ... then have to watch the reality.