Finlay proposed a hypothetical in which Keenum is the starter out of the gate, but loses the job to Colt McCoy by Week 5. At which point, McCoy leads the Redskins to three wins in their next five games. In that scenario, Finlay surmised, "Haskins doesn't get in until Week 10, Week 11."
"See, I don't see that scenario playing out that way," Russell replied.
"I agree with you. I think Case Keenum is Week 1 starter in Philadelphia," Russell said. "I don't know how long that will last."
"I think Haskins is getting in sooner than later," he went on to say. "I don't think he lasts on the bench until Week 10."
Russell gets the sense that Redskins coach Jay Gruden, who he believes never wanted to draft Haskins in the first place, ultimately won't get the final say in this pivotal decision.
"My sense is you have a desperate coach who normally would go to the new toy, and I don't think that's going to happen," Russell said. "I think the desperation and the new toy, that element is going to come in from above Jay, because they have the power back now. Jay has lost some of his juice. Jay has lost some of his control, some of his mojo, and that's where I think it's gonna come in. Not because of Jay; because of the powers that be."
"Now, the one element of this that we all leave out is that what if Haskins is great at training camp?" Finlay said. "Everybody ignores that possibility, that this kid could prove and win the job, compete and win the job. That can happen, right?
"But if I have got to guess what I think Jay Gruden really wants to do: start Colt McCoy. I'm telling you, think about every time he's been in this chance, he wants to go to Colt and then the front office trades for somebody else. That's not Jay pulling the trigger on all those trades."