3 reasons the Washington Commanders could still disappoint in 2023

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What reasons could there be for potential Washington Commanders’ disappointment during a critical 2023 season for the organization? 

There is a quiet sense of optimism surrounding the Washington Commanders and their chances in 2023. It’s been a solid offseason for the organization so far, with upgrades across the coaching staff and some intriguing roster moves that should ensure they are competitive if everything clicks into place right away.

With the latest set of NFL owners’ meetings taking place this weekend in Arizona, something could also emerge regarding a potential sale that puts the Commanders in different hands. This piles further pressure on head coach Ron Rivera to reach the postseason within a highly competitive NFC East.

The pressure is on. But the talent is there for potential growth given the talent already around and the prospect of instant difference-makers arriving via the upcoming NFL Draft to further boost their chances.

However, it could all go wrong. With this in mind, here are three reasons why the Commanders could still disappoint in 2023.

Reason No. 1

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Commanders endure more Chase Young injury woes

The Washington Commanders need a big season from Chase Young in their pursuit of playoff football once again in 2023. His career is on a concerning path thanks in no small part due to injuries, so a huge bounce-back campaign is absolutely essential to alleviate long-term concerns about the defensive end’s future.

Washington must decide whether to pick up Young’s fifth-year option before the season arrives. Regardless of which way they go, any further injury complications for the No. 2 overall selection in 2020 will come with grave consequences.