When most people (including me) saw the headlines that Haskins was coming to Carolina, we bashed the coaching staff and the front office because we had just seen the Panthers beat a Dwayne Haskins-led Washington Football team pretty soundly. Saying that he played poorly in that game would be an understatement. Haskins completed 14/28 passes for 154 yds and 2 INT. Not exactly inspiring numbers, which is why he got benched for Heinicke in the 3rd quarter.
However, Haskins has generated significant interest around the NFL, mostly due to his youth and potential. In this post, I'm going to explore the pros and cons of bringing Haskins to Carolina.
Why Haskins could be a good move for the Panthers
Fresh Start for the former 1st round pick
Some players (such as Titans QB Ryan Tannehill) just need a change of scenery and a new coaching staff that is committed to him. Shortly after his drafting, there were rumors that Washington's owner wanted Haskins while the head coach Jay Gruden, not so much. Even so, Dwayne showed improvement near the end of the season and showed that he can be a capable NFL quarterback.
Turnover in Coaching Department
Let's just say that Washington, though great head coaches have come from their staff, haven't really possessed great offenses. In Carolina, we are blessed to have Joe Brady, a hotshot coordinator who recently had 4 1000+ scrimmage yd players in his system. He helped develop Joe Burrow and accentuate his strengths. Perhaps, he could do the same with Haskins.
Why Haskins isn't such a good idea
Haskins was recently criticized for attending a strip club without a mask and clearly over the max amount of people. NFL players during this time are expected to make sacrifices in order to protect themselves, their family, and the team. This wasn't a great example of that.
Even though we had no GM at the time we brought Dwayne in, he doesn't seem like a Matt Rhule guy. He works hard in the offseason, but slacks off during the season. Rhule has said previously that he wants to have "a hard-working team."
Dwayne Haskins is a low risk high reward player who still has some potential upside in his career. It'll be interesting to see if Carolina signs him, and if Rhule can instill that hardworking mentality into him.
What do you think? Is he worth it? Or not? Leave your comments below. :)