3 reasons the Washington Commanders could still disappoint in 2023

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Commanders new OL isn’t consistent

One of the biggest factors behind the Washington Commanders narrowly missing the playoffs last season was a distinct lack of consistency across the offensive line. This group just could meet even modest expectations and it didn’t take long for those in power to address this urgently once the legal tampering period got underway ahead of free agency.

The Commanders managed to secure two new starters in the form of Andrew Wylie and Nick Gates. Both represent upgrades at their respective positions, but how much they end up shifting the needle remains to be seen.

Expect the Commanders to acquire one or two more potential starting options through the draft. But deciding on the five who’ll start early will be key to their cohesion when competitive action arrives.

If this new, revamped offensive line cannot take a significant leap forward, it’s not hard to see what problems could emerge. Something that will jeopardize Eric Bieniemy’s chances of becoming a future NFL head coach after taking a leap of faith by leaving the Kansas City Chiefs.

There is more experience right now and moving Sam Cosmi to the right guard position could also help. But it’s hard to say with any real conviction one way or another until we see what the unit looks like throughout training camp and the preseason.