4 critical personnel flaws during former Commanders HC Ron Rivera's tenure

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Commanders traded Trent Williams

When Ron Rivera agreed to become Washington Commanders head coach, there was an immediate matter that demanded his attention. The franchise was almost at war with stud left tackle Trent Williams regarding a new deal. It descended into farce thanks in no small part to Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen's handling of the situation.

This was arguably the NFL's best blindside protector at the time. Rivera's telling mistake was outlining the need for Williams to prove worthy of a mammoth contract extension. He'd already done that no matter what health concerns Washington was discussing as long-term concerns.

The prove-it scenario didn't sit well with Williams, to nobody's surprise. It was clear the two sides had gone past the point of no return. Washington traded him to the San Francisco 49ers for nothing more than third and fifth-round selections.

As they say, the rest is history.

Williams is the most prolific left tackle in football. He dominates almost everyone with minimal fuss. He's earned two All-Pro selections and three Pro Bowl appearances since the trade. The veteran could end the 2023 campaign with a Super Bowl ring to show for his efforts.

As for the Commanders? It's been a steady stream of failed acquisitions. Charles Leno Jr.'s held down the fort admirably over the last two years, but his production doesn't come close to the elite-level traits Williams brings to the table.