What easy fixes should the Washington Commanders implement in the hope of turning things around in 2023 after three-straight defeats?
Morale is quickly slipping away from the Washington Commanders after three losses on the bounce and an inept performance with the primetime spotlight glaring in Week 5 still leaving a sour taste in the mouth. That said, there are 12 games left and plenty of time to salvage something from the 2023 campaign.
The Commanders are still in with a wildcard chance. One cannot say the NFC is blessed with great strength in depth, although some significant adjustments are needed to get back into the win column starting this weekend at the Atlanta Falcons.
It seems as if Josh Harris will give Ron Rivera more time despite rumors to the contrary. But given the head coaching seat was piping hot before the campaign began, any more failings could come with grave consequences attached.
Fortunately for Rivera, we're here to help. Here are three easy fixes the Commanders could make to turn around their fortunes in 2023.
Commanders must ease burden on Emmanuel Forbes
It's been a rough couple of weeks for Emmanuel Forbes. The rookie cornerback was given a torrid time by A.J. Brown at the Philadelphia Eagles and was benched on Thursday Night Football against the Chicago Bears after getting burned by D.J. Moore en route to a demoralizing defeat.
Forbes might be talented, but he is not ready to cover the league's most prolific wideouts just yet. Putting him on Moore last time out was coaching malpractice - so they must do more to ease the burden to ensure his confidence doesn't spiral past the brink of no return.
If that means Kendall Fuller or Benjamin St-Juste shadowing the opposition's most dangerous pass-catcher, so be it. But giving Forbes these responsibilities moving forward is not an option - at least in the short term.