Commanders must prioritize OL revamp
One of the biggest flaws regarding Ron Rivera's roster building centered on the offensive line. The recently fired head coach didn't prioritize this critical area of the field with nearly enough urgency. Relying on suspect free-agent signings and mid-level draft prospects became an ongoing source of frustration.
Sam Howell was the league's most-sacked quarterback during the regular season. He was once on course to smash the NFL's single-season record before Eric Bieniemy shifted his approach schematically. Only right guard Sam Cosmi emerged with any credit after making a seamless transition from the edge.
When new general manager Adam Peters takes stock of the roster - if he hasn't already - the only conclusion is a major revamp to the Washington Commanders' protection is essential. Fortunately for the franchise, they have the financial means and draft picks to find the right balance.
Cosmi should return as a starting option. Aside from that, nothing is set in stone. Much will also depend on the head coach and what blocking concepts he plans to implement as part of his offensive strategy.
Reinforcements should arrive on the offensive line as a matter of urgency in the coming months. Peters has seen first-hand the benefits of exceptional protection during his various stops around the league. Something the Commanders were devoid of during Rivera's four-year stint at the helm.