3 ripple effects from Commanders benching Sam Howell for Jacoby Brissett

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What ripple effects could emerge from the latest Washington Commanders quarterback change under head coach Ron Rivera?

After a second-straight benching at the New York Jets, the Washington Commanders decided to take it one step further on Wednesday. Ron Rivera announced Sam Howell with not be under center in Week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers. Jacoby Brissett gets his shot after impressing in cameo roles over the last two contests.

This was expected, but disappointing nonetheless. It looked for a long time as if the Commanders might have found their answer at quarterback after Howell flashed real promise. His regression and subsequent benching are a significant dent in his hopes of becoming the starter beyond 2023.

There's no doubt changes are on the horizon once the Commanders get their final two games out of the way. Howell's future is just one of many complex riddles Josh Harris' ownership group must solve. Of course, many of the people making these decisions regarding the football operation aren't even in the building right now.

It's an exciting and uncertain time for everyone associated with the Commanders. That said, here are three glaring ripple effects that could emerge from Washington's latest quarterback carousel.

Jacoby Brissett into the shop window

While Jacoby Brissett is keen to continue his role as mentor to Sam Howell amid the switch, this is also a fantastic opportunity for the veteran. He gets the chance to showcase his skills from a starting role. If the former third-round selection performs well, it should attract some interest when he hits free agency once again in 2024.

Many view Brissett as a dependable backup. Someone capable of stepping in at a moment's notice if things aren't going to plan. He'll harbor bigger ambitions, so giving a good account of himself and demonstrating the leadership qualities needed can only help.

The Washington Commanders haven't given Brissett the easiest task considering Sunday's opposition. Despite losing heavily on Christmas Day against the Baltimore Ravens, the San Francisco 49ers defense remains among the league's best and can completely overwhelm opposing quarterbacks once early momentum is generated.

Brissett's never been one to shirk a challenge. If he can rise to the occasion, then moving to a franchise that will provide him a legitimate chance to start becomes more realistic.