It is said that you either win or learn in life, and the Washington Redskins have plenty to learn after a chaotic first preseason game. That’s to be expected.
The bad came on a pair of ugly interceptions against a swarming Browns defense.
Everyone loves the effort, but can we save the heroics for games that matter?
His second interception looked worse, as he overthrew his receiver by five yards over the middle. Two Browns defenders had a better chance of making a play than rookie tight end Matt Flanagan. Coming off the field, Haskins just shook his head.
So did too many Redskins fans. Word to the wise: This is what the preseason is for. Savor the pain.
Let him learn just how fast an NFL defender can close when he throws across his body. Let him learn how little time he has in the NFL pocket. Let him fail early and often, then make him earn his regular-season snaps.
The last time the Redskins had a first-round rookie quarterback’s preseason debut was in 2012 against the Buffalo Bills. Robert Griffin III, who was already named the Week 1 starter at that point, played two series and completed four-of-six passes for 70 yards and a touchdown.
It feels tempting to compare the two, but it is because of Griffin that there is willpower to be patient now. Haskins has a lot to learn, and if the first preseason game is any indication, he’ll have plenty of preseason chances to grow.