Al Galdi gives his analysis on the Redskins acquiring Kyle Allen to compete with Dwayne Haskins for the starting quarterback job
Yesterday we had multiple reports that the Redskins had agreed to trade a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to the Carolina Panthers for quarterback Kyle Allen. The 2020 season will be Allen’s age-24 season, and is listed as being 6-3 and 210 pounds.
Back in February we had a post-press-conference media scrum at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that Ron Rivera said that he would be bringing in “very competitive competition” for Dwayne Haskins. Kyle Allen is not “very competitive competition.”
So Galdi explains why he was never one of the people who thought that the Redskins needed to bring in the steepest competition possible for Haskins in the 2020 offseason, ans why he never liked the idea of bringing in a Cam Newton, Phillip Rivers or even Tom Brady just for the sake of trying to go, say, 9-7 in 2020. Allen is young enough and flashed enough in the 2019 season to where it is not unreasonable to think that he might be worth devloping into at least a long-term No. 2 quarterback and then who knows beyond that.
There also was value in bringing in Allen in the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic with all of the uncertainty regarding exactly what kind of an offseason we were going to have in terms of OTA and minicamp practices and training camp.
But the most telling aspect of the Redskins trading for Kyle Allen was that it essentially cemented Dwayne Haskins as the Skins’ QB1 for 2020. Consider that Ron and company at this point had 1) said that they had high grade on Dwayne going into the 2019 NFL Draft 2) gone from lecturing Dwayne to do more to acknowledging he was doing more 3) passed on the ultra-deep free-agent quarterback class in the 2020 offseason (Tom Brady, Phillip Rivers, Teddy Bridgewater, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota) 4) acquired Kyle Allen as “very competitive competition.” Barring the unforeseen, Dwayne was set to be the Skins’ Week 1 starting quarterback in 2020.
The Panthers signed Allen as an undrafted free agent out of Houston (which he transferred to from Texas A&M) in April 2018. He during the 2018 season had multiple stints on the Panthers’ practice squad before a late-season promotion to the active roster. He played in two games that season.
Allen in 2019 played in 13 games with 12 starts for the Panthers. The results were mixed.
Allen in 2019 over his first four starts went 4-0 with seven touchdown passes versus no interceptions and averaged 7.39 yards per pass attempt. Three of the four wins were road wins – victories at the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The other win was a home victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
But then came the rest of Allen’s 2019 season. He over his final eight starts went 1-7 with 10 touchdown passes versus 15 interceptions, averaged 6.52 yards per pass attempt and took 35 sacks. Included in that mix was the final win of the Redskins’ 3-13 2019 season: a 29-21 win at the Carolina Panthers in Week 13 in Ron Rivera’s final game as Panthers head coach. The Redskins allowed Allen over the Panthers’ first two offensive drives to go 6-of-6 for 86 yards and two touchdowns. But the Skins held Allen over the rest of the game to the following stats: 21-of-40 for 192 yards (4.8 yards per pass attempt) and an interception and sacked him seven times.
There were 30 quarterbacks who qualified for ESPN’s Total QBR rankings for the 2019 season. Allen finished No. 29 with a Total QBR of just 36.4.