ASHBURN — Washington coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that Dwayne Haskins‘ benching was made in an attempt to try and win the NFC East. After four games, Washington (1-3) is just a half-game back of the division-leading 1-2-1 Philadelphia Eagles.
Ahead of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, Rivera benched Haskins for Kyle Allen — who started 12 games last year for the Carolina Panthers, Rivera’s last stop. Rivera said Allen knows offensive coordinator Scott Turner’s system and can put the offense in a better position to win games.
After this week, Washington has a pivotal three-game stretch upcoming against divisional foes in which they face the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and then the Giants again.
Here’s a roundup from Rivera’s press conference:
Ron Rivera: “This has been thought out by me for a while. To me, it goes back to the beginning of the schedule.” He figured with four NFC games coming up, incl. 3 division games, they’re better off putting ball in Kyle Allen’s hands bc he’s more familiar w/the system.— Adam Zielonka (@Adam_Zielonka) October 7, 2020
Rivera: “Our division is open.”— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) October 7, 2020
Rivera: “I hadn’t seen the growth I was lookng for in those four games.”— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) October 7, 2020
“I’m taking my shot! I’m here to win.” — Ron Rivera— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) October 7, 2020
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