Which recent experiments could the Washington Commanders cut short during the upcoming 2023 campaign?
The stakes could not be any higher for the Washington Commanders in 2023. There is a real sense of change emerging from the franchise given Dan Snyder’s current predicament, so it’s vital those in power leave no doubt that they are the right men to lead this organization into a new era.
Ron Rivera and his staff are currently putting together a solid free agency period. There have been no jaw-dropping moves, but none were anticipated for a team that is shifting focus to looking after their own players rather than swinging for the fences with available veterans.
Washington has enough talent to make waves with a few more improvements. But urgency is set to increase, so some drastic measures might be taken by those in power regarding certain individuals and their current status.
With this in mind, here are four experiments the Commanders could cut short in 2023.
Experiment No. 1
Andrew Norwell – Commanders OL
The Washington Commanders are making improvements to their offensive line. But unless Nick Gates is planning to become their left guard, then Andrew Norwell appears to be in pole position for the job in 2023.
To say this would be a sideways or even backward step is something of an understatement. Norwell struggled during his first year with the Commanders last time around, so Ron Rivera would be taking a substantial risk by slotting the former All-Pro unchallenged.
There’s a lot of time left for further recruits to be made. With Eric Bieniemy’s influence and a new offensive line coach after John Matsko was let go, there won’t be a better time to move on from Norwell.