The Washington Nationals won 12-3 last night in Game 2 of the World Series. I wanted to remind you that good things can happen and a team from Washington can score in double digits.
This was despite a first half where they did not punt Thursday night in Minnesota. They simply could not finish drives in the end zone.
Haskins looked uneasy against a very good Vikings defense. However, what’s concerning is that some of the uneasiness seemed to be self-inflicted.
And right now is the best time to make these mistakes and to experience growing pains in a lost season when there are no real expectations to succeed.
“It felt good,” Haskins said when asked how his overall command felt. “There’s room for improvement. I want to be great.”
That sentiment could easily be dumped upon if Haskins wasn’t so damn convincing when you talk to him. It’d be easy to say “focus on being good before we talk about greatness,” but a conversation with him for 30 seconds in a competitive environment leaves you believing that he has greatness in him.
The game is too fast for him right now. He’s not seeing everything. Where quarterbacks like Deshaun Watson have made sport of breaking down every single detail at the podium, Haskins admitted on his interception that he couldn’t quite remember every detail. What he does remember is crystal clear, describing the coverage and how he had to try and bend the ball around the middle linebacker.
The Redskins are 1-7. They are not making the playoffs. They have graduated from an abysmal football team to just a bad one with how well their defense has played in the last few weeks. That unit has righted the ship in a way that can keep them competitive and that seems like an ideal situation for Haskins to take his lumps, or maybe even succeed.
It’s important for Haskins to be able to learn from his mistakes and earlier in the season he was not at that point. However, with 10 days to get ready for Buffalo and a bye week to get ready for the Jets after that, it’s time to see how the rookie responds to a full week of reps and ultimately being named the starter.
The rest of this year is about Haskins getting the experience to get better. It is about giving him every opportunity to unlock the greatness that he, and so many others, believe burns inside him.
"I love everything about (football),” Haskins said, dejected at the podium after the loss. “As far as playing the quarterback position that it requires and what you need to do in order to be successful at it. I gotta keep working and keep getting better, and this is a process for me.”
The process took another step today. It was painful, but it was a step. We all wait with bated breath to find out what the next step will be.
Or we’ll just watch the World Series and deal with it on Monday.