Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines with one day left until the NFL's annual Super Bowl showdown?
With media commitments done and final preparations made, the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are trying to hold themselves together before their Super Bowl battle this weekend. The Washington Commanders are a long way from achieving similar objectives. Their immediate task is to tear down the shaky foundations and replace them with a stable structure capable of competing in the coming years.
Until then, the stories causing conversation include trading up for quarterback Caleb Williams, confidence in Dan Quinn, the Commanders hiring a new special teams coordinator, and placing high demands on Washington's leaders within the locker room.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Commanders hire Larry Izzo
Dan Quinn's coaching staff is starting to take shape. There are some positions to fill, but the primary leaders under the new head coach have been officially confirmed after the Washington Commanders hired Larry Izzo to be their new special teams coordinator.
This is another appointment that highlights Quinn's strong connections around the league. Izzo brings tremendous credentials to the table. He's held the same position with the Seattle Seahawks since 2018. He is a three-time Super Bowl winner as a player. His ability to motivate and bring the best out of players is renowned and highly respected around the league.
Izzo's arrival should improve Washington's special teams unit immediately. The playing personnel might look different - especially if Jeremy Reaves departs - but the Commanders should have more discipline and organization under the new hire.