Washington’s game on Sunday is long over, but Dwayne Haskins continues to commit unforced errors.
Following the Washington Football Team’s 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Haskins declined to speak to the media and reportedly left the stadium, according to multiple media reports.
The protocol is for the starting quarterback to speak with the media after the game unless he is injured. There were no reports of an injury and the team reportedly attempted to get Haskins to speak with the media, but he declined to do so.
However, after Washinton PR told reporters Haskins had declined to speak to the media, Haskins did speak to the media via Zoom from his home.
"I'm very disappointed. We fell short. We deserved better. I should've played better," Haskins told the media after the game.
Haskins reportedly told Washington public relations personnel he wasn't sure if he had to talk since Heinicke filled the role of a quarterback speaking to the media, per ESPN's John Keim.
According to Washington's PR: This was all a miscommunication in the heat of the moment on the field. Haskins was unreachable when PR tried to contact him a second time because he was driving.
Adam Schefter reported sources close to the situation said Haskins did not turn down requests to speak to the media, but "he was informed that Taylor Heinicke would be meeting with reporters and he could go home."
"I got a lot on my mind. I can't really pick the words on how I feel right now," Haskins told the media.
Haskins finished the day with 154 yards passing on 28 attempts (5.5-yard average) with two interceptions and a fumble. Heinicke tallied 137 yards in the air and a touchdown pass to J.D. McKissic.
For Washington’s second-year quarterback, his benching on Sunday ended a wild week that saw him lose his captaincy and fined for his second COVID-19 protocols violation of the season after he was seen partying indoors and without a mask following the team’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
“Definitely the hardest week of my life," Haskins told the media after the game from his home. "I just want to bounce back and move forward and pray and get my life together."
“Just got to own up to your responsibilities and mistakes. And be a better person moving forward," Haskins said Sunday.
"We've just got to come together. I want to go forward from last week. I apologized and want to move forward working and being accountable and doing all I can as a teammate to help this team win."
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