Commanders most important relationship hits the ground running

Things seem to be going well...
Jayden Daniels
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There will be a lot of new blossoming relationships within the Washington Commanders this offseason. Some such as the dynamic between general manager Adam Peters and head coach Dan Quinn have already been formed. Others will be molded during preparations for the 2024 campaign as the franchise looks to make substantial on-field improvements.

None is more important than the relationship between offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Jayden Daniels.

The Commanders placed a significant amount of faith in Daniels by making him their pick at No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. Those in power also believe they pulled off a coup by ensuring Kingsbury had a late change of heart, spurning the Las Vegas Raiders for the nation's capital after speaking to minority ownership partner Magic Johnson.

Commanders expect big things from Kliff Kingsbury and Jayden Daniels

It's been nothing more than conversations up to now, but it seems as if Kingsbury and Daniels have hit the ground running. The former Heisman Trophy winner out of LSU revealed on the All Facts No Breaks podcast - transcribed by Kevin Patra from Around the NFL - that the play-caller has already been receptive to suggestions regarding schematic alterations that can better suit the skill set he brings to the table.

"Just learning the playbook, going back and watching the stuff, it's different than the Air Raid. We're not gonna air the ball out 50 times a game. You've got to have balance. One thing about Kliff: Kliff is open-minded. He ain't the OC that's like, 'It's my way. We've got to do x, y and z.' Just having conversations with him, it's like, 'Man, what do you like? How can we help the team be better?' We're bouncing ideas off each other. I like his scheme, honestly. It suits me, and obviously, you've got to evolve with the times. You've got to be able to have balance, keep a defense honest now, especially with all those athletes out there, too."

Both Kingsbury and Daniels seem like laid-back characters with fierce inner desires. While opposites attract in some cases, having these common outlooks can become the catalyst behind potentially brighter days where the Commanders are concerned. It's a small step in the right direction, but a positive one nonetheless.

The duo will get the chance to enhance their knowledge of one another during Washington's upcoming rookie minicamp. It's a chance for Daniels and Kingsbury to set out their respective stalls and lay the foundations for a successful preparation period before Week 1 rolls around. Getting off to a positive start is crucial.

Kingsbury gave Daniels his seal of approval during pre-draft assessments, one suspects. Now, it's time to implement their grand plans for the signal-caller and provide their new franchise player with the sort of environment that enables him to thrive right out of the gate.

Considering Kingsbury's sterling work with the likes of Kyler Murray and Patrick Mahomes throughout his coaching career, it would be surprising if he couldn't get a tune out of Daniels. He's an electrifying presence under center with an exceptional blend of pocket presence and dual-threat prowess. This is almost a prerequisite for the modern-day quarterback looking at how NFL offenses have evolved in recent years.

This will be something to keep a close eye on throughout the summer. If first impressions are anything to go by, the relationship between Kingsbiry and Daniels will be a match made in heaven.