3 pros and cons of Sam Howell being Commanders QB1 in 2024

Sam Howell's future is up in the air despite an encouraging season.

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Sam Howell could grow with another strong offseason

Ron Rivera almost had no choice other than to start Sam Howell this season. Although the gamble won't prevent the head coach from being relieved of his duties, it's given the new regime plenty to ponder where the gunslinger is concerned.

Howell's highs are astonishing. His lows are equally as frustrating. It was never going to be smooth sailing given the player practically redshirted as a rookie, but it's been largely encouraging aside from the odd bad performance.

This experience in 2023 is going to aid Howell considerably moving forward. What the new coaching staff and front office must figure out is whether he can grow enough to become a genuine franchise-caliber presence under center.

That should be their decision to make. There will be no emotional attachment. The decision will be based purely on what's best for the Commanders as they look to become a legitimate force after so long in the proverbial wilderness.

Howell has the traits normally associated with productive quarterbacks that stand the test of time. His arm is a cannon and he can make every throw with ease. The signal-caller demonstrates impressive mobility. His pocket awareness and decision-making have improved considerably since Week 1.

Build around Howell. Allow a new coaching staff to iron out some flaws. This is the best way to get a proper evaluation of what the Commanders have. Because right now, he could be anything.

In truth, it could go either way. Just another reason why this offseason will be one of the most dramatic and eventful in Washington's storied franchise history.