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Washington Football Team, Capitals, DC United Make Personnel Moves

Football

WFT shuffles quarterbacks Haskins, Allen, Smith; Capitals sign Lundqvist; United fire Olsen

October 12, 2020
Source: Elijah Walter Griffin Sr./Washington Football Team
Source: Elijah Walter Griffin Sr./Washington Football Team

The GIST: With the Washington Football Team (WFT), Capitals and D.C. United making personnel moves, sports in the District are proving the phrase “the only constant in life is change” true. 

🏈Do the QB shuffle: The WFT quarterback (QB) situation keeps evolving. After starting four games, QB Dwayne Haskins was benched in favor of Kyle Allen. However, after a — let’s not sugarcoat it — horrible half, comeback kid Alex Smith took over. 

  • It was both awe-inspiring and nerve-wracking to see Smith playing on the rainy turf, but ultimately it didn’t matter who the quarterback was as the LA Rams handed the WFT their fourth-straight loss. WFT head coach Ron Rivera indicated Allen will be the starting QB next Sunday (if he’s healthy). Confused? Same here.

🏒Top shelf, where momma hides the cookies: It’s official: Henrik Lundqvist signed with the District. In addition to snagging the former NY Rangers goaltender, the Capitals also addressed their needs on defense. Intriguing.

  • We saw the departure of goalie Braden Holtby coming, but the parting is no less bittersweet. We’ll miss him not only for that save but also his steadfast support for the LGBTQ2+ community. Thank you, Holts!

⚽️End of an era: After 10 years at the helm, United’s head coach Ben Olsen was fired on Thursday. The Black-and-Red sit dead last in the MLS standings, so this move was sad, but unsurprising. Olsen starred for United in his playing days, and may stay with the organization, just in a different role.