Which Washington Commanders have seen their stock plummet as the struggling organization reaches its 2023 bye week?
All the optimism that surrounded the Washington Commanders since Dan Snyder's dark cloud finally lifted seems long gone. While Josh Harris' group remains ambitious to take the franchise forward positively, it's been a struggle on the playing side of things.
A fourth losing season in succession under head coach Ron Rivera was confirmed last time out when the Commanders were thumped at home by the Miami Dolphins. The respected figure is reportedly at peace with his tenure whatever the future holds, but the poor football product and lack of convincing roster depth indicate more should have been done.
It's not just the coaches that should be held accountable. Those within the locker room atmosphere also deserve a fair share of the blame, with many not reaching their respective targets during another miserable campaign overall.
With this in mind, here are three Commanders players with plummeting stock at the 2023 bye week.
We'll bunch this group together rather than single anybody out. The Washington Commanders offensive line has been a complete embarrassment for the majority of 2023, failing to provide quarterback Sam Howell with the protection needed en route to conceding borderline historic sack numbers at the bye week.
Sam Cosmi remains the one bright spot, but even he's shown inconsistencies on occasion. Free agent signings Nick Gates and Andrew Wylie aren't good enough, Tyler Larsen is a fill-in at best, Charles Leno Jr. has regressed, and draft picks such as Saahdiq Charles and Chris Paul haven't done enough during their stints in a starting role.
Expect to see wholesale changes across the offensive line this offseason. Ron Rivera failed to prioritize his protection every offseason he was at the helm, which is a mistake the new coaching regime cannot make in pursuit of growth.