B-Mitch: Washington putting ‘lipstick on a pig’ with QB situation originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Washington Football Team is pushing forward with Kyle Allen at quarterback, attempting to make a playoff push in the meager NFC East despite falling to 1-5 with a loss at the hands of the previously winless New York Giants on Sunday.
Head coach Ron Rivera voiced his support for Allen after the game.
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“His statistics are pretty darn good,” Rivera said in a Zoom call with reporters. “He was 31-for-42 for 280 yards,” Rivera said. “Unfortunately, he did have the interception and the fumble. But we totaled 337 total yards. That gives us an opportunity.”
Allen took over as Washington’s starting quarterback in Week 5 against the Los Angeles Rams , replacing the benched Dwayne Haskins. He was forced to exit the game due to a shoulder injury, so he didn’t get to play out his first full game of the season until Sunday.
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Washington never led in the contest against the Giants. Allen did put together a late touchdown drive capped by a 22-yard pass to Cam Sims for six, but Rivera rolled the dice and went for a two-point conversion to take the lead with 36 seconds left. Allen wasn’t able to find an open receiver, handing Washington its fifth-straight loss since beating the Philadelphia Eagles in the season opener
Former Washington returner and current NBC Sports Washington analyst Brian Mitchell discussed the team’s decision to stick with Allen over Haskins on Washington Football Postgame Live after the former Panthers quarterback failed to lead Washington to a win over the Giants
“The reason that Dwayne Haskins is supposedly benched is because some players were mad because he was happy about a performance,” Brian Mitchell said. “Well, we just lost the game today and [Rivera] is talking about a guy going 31-of-42 for 280 yards. They lost the football game against a terrible Giants team. Dwayne Haskins went 32-of-45 for 314 against the Baltimore Ravens but nobody talked about his stats. They were knocking his stats. They were knocking the fact that he was pleased that he came off a three-interception day and then did something well.”
While Allen is only a year older than Haskins, he was expected to have a much better understanding of offensive coordinator Scott Turner’s offense after playing under both him and Rivera in Carolina over the past two seasons. The Panthers were 6-7 with Allen as a starter between 2018 and 2019, though three of those losses came after Rivera was fired
For Mitchell, it doesn’t matter who stands under center. He’s just looking for more consistency out of the team as a whole