“We were looking for him,” interim coach Bill Callahan said of Haskins. “I think he thought the game was over.”
That’s exactly what happened, Haskins said during his postgame news conference.
“I was so hype, I broke a water bottle,” he said, adding, “But I’ll get it next time.”
The moment quickly generated buzz on social media, including criticism from former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann.
“How do miss the last snap of a game because ur taking selfies,” Theismann tweeted. “That’s unprofessional & wrong.”
“I was absolutely flabbergasted when I saw what Dwayne did,” Theismann told The Team 980 on Monday. “You know, I guess you chalk it up to youthful enthusiasm, or just a sense of a young man that’s only played one year of college football and is transitioning into professional football, but it is professional football. I’ve always believed that you celebrate the victories with your teammates first, and then, wherever you want to go after that is great."
Haskins struggled for most of the game — finishing 13-of-29 passing for 156 yards and one interception — but he performed well on the team’s final two drives that tied the game and then ultimately delivered the comeback victory. He completed 6 of 9 passes for 68 yards, including a crucial third-and-five conversion to rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin to set up the game-winning field goal. He had garnered another first down earlier that drive by scrambling for 11 of his 28 rushing yards (on three attempts).
By the time he ran off the field with 20 seconds to go, he’d earned some adulation from the crowd.
One fan in a Haskins selfie was 24-year-old Jaime López-Verduzco, who adopted the Redskins as his NFL team and was attending his first game after moving to D.C. in September. López-Verduzco was born and raised in McAllen, Tex., and was introduced to big-time football as an undergraduate at Stanford. He said Haskins was on his way back to the sideline when he requested a selfie, and took responsibility for distracting the rookie on the verge of his first career win.
“For it being his first win outside of college, and him being so young, it’s completely within the lines of what you would expect for him to feel and how he should act,” he said in an interview. ” … This just shows that Dwayne is very in touch with his fans, and it also says a lot about his character, if he’s willing to share such a special moment with the people who support him and the team.”
If Haskins’s teammates were bothered by his distraction, they didn’t show it. Wide receiver Kelvin Harmon shrugged it off because he saw the momentary lapse as a break in what has been a difficult 2-9 season.
Right tackle Morgan Moses waved off concern with the same idea.
“We got the win,” Moses said. “I don’t care.”
Callahan did. He did not find Haskins missing the last snap of the game funny.
“I don’t laugh at it,” Callahan said. “I’m happy we won. We’ll address that.”
During a Monday interview with 106.7 The Fan, Moses was asked again about Haskins missing the final snap.
“It’s a young quarterback," he said. “He’s in the moment. From what I heard, he thought the game was over. The guy got his first career [win], I’m not going to sit here and beat him up on him not being out there on the snap. As a young guy, he just has to be a little more locked in and focused on that.”
“He knows he did something that was just not right,” Theismann said. “It’s not professional. In all the years I’ve been around professional football, in all the years I’ve been around college football, high school football, you’re there ‘til the end. You’re in the box with your teammates until the end. You’re not someplace else when the game is over. I think he’ll learn a great lesson from this.”