Speaking on 106.7 The Fan's "Pollin and Loverro" radio show, the former Super Bowl-winning quarterback cautioned the Redskins against starting Haskins right away considering he only has one year of college experience.
"I would definitely say he shouldn't start. Our first five games are in Philly, Dallas at home, Chicago on a Monday night, then we get the Giants, and then we get New England. The young man's played 13 football games. What in that whole entire description makes any sense or convinces you he should play?" Theismann said.
Haskins will have to beat out a pair of veterans for the starting position. Colt McCoy is returning from a broken leg suffered late last season and Washington traded for Case Keenum a month before the draft.
Theismann believes the Redskins are in a position in which they can bring the rookie passer along slowly.
"To me, the best scenario for Dwayne would be this: Is to sit this year, Case plays, Colt comes back, is healthy enough to be able to be in competition and/or a part of the ball club ... and give Dwayne a chance to process everything.
"I think the young man is our future and let's protect the future instead of throwing it out there right now and saying, 'Go get em.'"
- With h/t to Pro Football Talk