Commanders must integrate young players
The Washington Commanders aren't playing for anything other than pride over their remaining four games. While head coach Ron Rivera will never throw in the towel, this seems like a good time to integrate some young players as part of the organization's ongoing assessments and planning for the future.
It's unlikely Rivera is going to see out his contract. But he can do the Commanders' next head coach a big favor by integrating those with less experience. Some have pretty decent upside based on the small sample size, so increasing their involvement represents the best course of action.
Players like Chris Rodriguez Jr., Andre Jones Jr., Quan Martin, Phidarian Mathis, K.J. Henry, Cole Turner, and Mitchell Tinsley immediately spring to mind. After all, what more do the Commanders have to lose at this point?
Washington is about to embark on an exciting new era. Getting a prolonged look at the aforementioned individuals and others will go a long way to determining what the future will look like once a different approach is officially confirmed.
Who knows, this might even provide the Commanders with a sense of urgency and energy. Something that's been sorely lacking more often than not in 2023 en route to yet another campaign littered with frustration and vast underachievement.