4 concerning worst-case scenarios for the Commanders in 2024

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Commanders secondary fails to improve

The Washington Commanders' secondary should have been nowhere near as bad as it ended up becoming. This could very well have been scheming and malfunctioning on the part of the coaches. With Emmanuel Forbes, Kamren Curl, Kendall Fuller, and Benjamin St-Juste, there is no reason for it to have struggled.

Or maybe it was the players.

Curl and Fuller are gone, so there is great pressure on Forbes and St-Juste to show what people thought - at least on paper - that they could be. After all, they're both long and athletic. But unless the Commanders bring in some more safety help to go along with Darrick Forrest and the promise he has shown on occasion, this group could once more be a division joke.

With the market for ex-Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons having gone a bit stale, the Commanders should consider bringing aboard the veteran for another one-year deal. The young talent of the secondary could use an All-Pro veteran to teach them the ropes.

The Commanders signed Jeremy Chinn from the Carolina Panthers in free agency. He's got some outstanding athletic traits Dan Quinn and Joe Whitt Jr. can utilize, but his deficiencies in coverage make him a candidate to play closer to the line of scrimmage when push comes to shove.

If the secondary doesn't show progress, it doesn't matter what Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen, Frankie Luvu, and Bobby Wagner do - the Commanders will get shredded in the passing game.