3 questionable Commanders moves during the 2023 offseason

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What are the more questionable moves made by the Washington Commanders during a highly eventful off-season period for the franchise in 2023?

It's been an offseason full of speculation and drama for the Washington Commanders. And most of it had nothing to do with the football side of things.

Of course, the ongoing sale saga and Dan Snyder's status were a constant distraction. One that is mercifully almost at an end with Josh Harris' group going through the final alterations before their $6.05 billion transaction receives formal league approval.

This has obviously made things more difficult than they needed to be for head coach Ron Rivera and general manager Martin Mayhew in recent months. But the power couple made the best out of a bad situation and hopefully, stabilized the franchise enough for Washington to enter postseason consideration next time around.

Some decisions have been better received than others. With this in mind, here are three questionable Commanders' moves during the 2023 offseason.

Commanders didn't hire an OL coach

When reports surfaced about Eric Bieniemy and offensive line coach John Matsko not seeing eye-to-eye on certain subjects following his high-profile switch from the Kansas City Chiefs, there was only going to be one winner. The long-time associate of Ron Rivera's was shown the door - another sign of how much influence the offensive guru was getting behind the scenes.

While nobody cried all that much about Matsko's departure, the Commanders didn't appoint another offensive line coach. They are relying more heavily on those within the building, which is a big call to make in the circumstances.

Matsko leaving the operation was arguably called for after such torrid protection and no improvements whatsoever last time around. Hopefully, not hiring another in favor of allocating more responsibilities to those that were also on the staff last season won't be something those in power come to regret.