The Pittsburgh Steelers will soon be looking for their next franchise quarterback. It’s safe to say that won’t be Dwayne Haskins Jr. The 2019 first-round pick is in his third NFL season but has largely been a disappointment.
Bad is going to worse for Haskins after his behavior before the Steelers’ Week 10 tie with the Detroit Lions. Pittsburgh’s coaching staff isn’t happy with him right now.
Dwayne Haskins Jr. has been a bust since entering the NFL
The future looked extremely bright for Dwayne Haskins Jr. when he committed to Ohio State in 2016. 247Sports rated him as a 4-star prospect and the No. 5 quarterback in the class of 2016.
Haskins’ impressive sophomore season with the Buckeyes prompted him to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.
After Kyler Murray went No. 1 overall, the debate began about which quarterback would get selected next between Haskins and Daniel Jones.
The New York Giants opted to take Jones at No. 6, and the Ohio State product fell to the Washington Football Team at No. 15 overall.
Excitement was building when Washington drafted Haskins because he played his high school football at nearby Bullis School.
The Highland Park, New Jersey, native spent just two seasons with the Football Team. He made 13 starts and posted a mediocre 3-10 record across two seasons.
Haskins has thrown for 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions in 16 appearances. Off-field concerns made it easy for Washington to part ways with the 24-year-old after the 2020 season.
Now he’s trying to revive his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but things aren’t going well.
Steelers coaches called out the young quarterback for his pregame routine
The Pittsburgh Steelers gave Dwayne Haskins Jr. a second chance at an NFL career despite the early knocks on him.
The Steelers signed him to a one-year contract in the offseason after Washington released him. He battled with Mason Rudolph and Joshua Dobbs for the backup quarterback job behind Ben Roethlisberger.
After training camp and preseason, no one player stood out as the clear-cut best option. However, Pittsburgh listed Rudolph as the second-string quarterback on the depth chart to start the regular season.
Head coach Mike Tomlin further solidified his decision, naming Rudolph the starter when Roethlisberger entered the coronavirus (COVID-19) protocol before Week 10.
NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala revealed on Twitter that some of the Steelers’ coaches didn’t care for Haskins’ behavior before the game against the Detroit Lions.
Kinkhabwala explained her observations further on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan.
According to Kinkhabwala, Haskins was spotted throwing lackadaisical passes and constantly checking his cell phone. One coach was particularly displeased with what he saw during pregame warmups.
“Look at that! How ridiculous is that? That’s just lazy,” said the unnamed coach.
The comments perfectly sum up the young quarterback’s career thus far.
Pittsburgh desperately needs to land its quarterback of the future
Dwayne Haskins Jr. is only 24 years old, so he still has time to turn things around. However, Pittsburgh may not be the place for him after the 2021 NFL season.
It’s a shame because the talent is there. However, he hasn’t quite shown the maturity and dedication to build a sustainable NFL career.
Ben Roethlisberger is now 39 years old, and his NFL career could be coming to an end sooner rather than later. The Steelers don’t seem to have a clear plan for life after the future Hall of Famer, though.
Big Ben’s decline has to concern the Steelers’ front office about the team’s future for 2022 and beyond. Unfortunately, neither Haskins nor Mason Rudolph appears to be the answer at quarterback moving forward.
Pittsburgh will likely need to pursue a trade in the offseason or try to strike on a high-upside prospect in the draft.
There’s plenty of talent on both sides of the football in Pittsburgh, but the quarterback position is one the front office can’t afford to get wrong.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference