4 worst decisions Martin Mayhew made in Year 1 as Commanders GM

(Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports) Martin Mayhew
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What are some of the worst decisions made by Martin Mayhew during his first year as Washington Commanders’ general manager?

Even though Ron Rivera has a huge say in personnel matters where the Washington Commanders are concerned, the presence of general manager Martin Mayhew is something that brought excitement heading into the 2022 offseason. His experience in the same role with the Detroit Lions was enough for encouragement, with the front office figure also holding senior positions on the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants to further enhance his status.

It was a baptism of fire for Mayhew, who instantly had to deal with questions of a scandal surrounding the Commanders. And after some questionable personnel moves on the playing side, Washington narrowly missed out on the playoffs with an 8-8-1 record.

With the prospect of new owners coming into the fold, the pressure is on both Mayhew and Rivera to make strides next season. Anything less could result in landmark changes across the board.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing to have, obviously. But here are the four worst decisions Mayhew made during his first year as Commanders’ general manager.

Decision No. 1

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Commanders didn’t strengthen the TE spot

One of the biggest complications that emerged throughout the 2022 season was further lackluster production from the tight-end position. Something that’s been a thorn in the Washington Commanders’ side for some time now.

Logan Thomas did flash his usual moments of quality, but the consistency just wasn’t there. Something those in power should have addressed more urgently during the previous preparation period.