4 Washington Commanders on the hot seat heading into 2023 offseason
By Dean Jones
Martin Mayhew – Washington Commanders GM
It was a turbulent first season as Washington Commanders general manager Martin Mayhew in 2022. The respected figure thoroughly deserved the opportunity – there’s no getting away from that – but a failed quarterback trade set the team back and this is something he must rectify during the upcoming offseason.
Mayhew developed a sound working relationship with head coach Ron Rivera. But with the unpredictable nature of Dan Snyder hanging over almost every employee, it’s vital the correct moves are made in the weeks and months ahead.
There is enough talent across Washington’s roster to launch a playoff bid if one or two key areas are addressed. However, this all starts with the quarterback and something Mayhew freely admitted during his media availability once the campaign concluded.
"“Well, you pretty much have to enter every season and look at the entire landscape of what’s available. We talked about drafting guys. We talked about who we could trade for and we talked about free agents. We went through the entire process of all those guys and did a very thorough evaluation. We will do the same thing this year. We’re not gonna rule out acquiring a vet. We’ll go through the entire landscape of who’s available. We’ll evaluate ’em and we’ll get to a consensus on somebody.”"
This sounds positive if nothing else. And a collective approach to recruitment is the best way to build a winning organization looking at recent history.
Mayhew’s under more pressure than most to figure things out under center. The NFC East will only get stronger next season and could have a defending Super Bowl champion to contend with, so the front office figurehead won’t want another rash decision impacting his future.