4 key observations from Commanders HC Ron Rivera’s owners’ meeting presser

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Commanders have a QB competition brewing

After resisting the urge to make an offer for Lamar Jackson, the Washington Commanders will move forward with Sam Howell and Jacoby Brissett as their starting options next season. All signs point to the former fifth-round pick getting the No. 1 spot, but Ron Rivera isn’t going to gift-wrap anything to anyone considering what’s at stake for the head coach in 2023.

When discussing the quarterback situation at the NFL owners’ meetings, via Zach Selby of Commanders.com, Rivera stated that it would be a legitimate competition between the pair and he plans to play the best person capable of putting wins on the board in 2023.

"“I think it’s open right now, I really do. All I said was that Sam was going to get the first crack. I didn’t say that Sam was the guy. He’s going to have to come in and earn it. I’m going to play that guy that we believe at the end of the day gives us the best chance at winning football games.”"

This is the smart way to go about things. Having competition for places is the hallmark of any contending team, so a situation could emerge where Brissett and Howell bring the best out of each other throughout the summer before the coaching staff makes a final decision.

Brissett wouldn’t have joined the Commanders if he didn’t feel he could beat out Howell. However, the North Carolina product left a notable impression in Washington’s win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 18 and has the confidence of teammates for good measure.

One could make a strong case for Rivera betting his job on this duo. Whether it pays off or not remains to be seen.

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