In the end, the Redskins choosing Case Keenum as the starting quarterback was easily foreseen. It was his job to lose and did nothing to do so.
This season is all about not how the Redskins start, but how they finish.
Haskins is the future, but not quite yet. Maybe if the opener was a month away rather than Sept. 8, the rookie might be ready. He has made great strides since selected in the first round some four months ago. But, he’s not quite ready.
The time will come for Haskins to play, but right now it’s Keenum’s turn. He’s the 28th different starting quarterback since 1992 when Mark Rypien concluded the team’s glory days in 1993. Ultimately, Gruden wanted a veteran to face four 2018 playoff teams in the opening five weeks. We’ll see what happened afterward, but coaches are always slow to replace veteran passers with rookies.
“Experience factor is something that you really lean upon,” Gruden said, “and then, of course, Case has been productive in practice and some of the games.”
And that’s why a quarterback competition was never really one from the start.