Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as those in power make final preparations for their Week 6 game at the Atlanta Falcons?
The stakes couldn't be much higher for the Washington Commanders ahead of their Week 6 trip to the Atlanta Falcons. Losing four straight wouldn't be a great look for head coach Ron Rivera and his staff, with pressure already mounting for landmark changes across the board from some sections of the team's fanbase after a promising start.
All hope is not lost, but the margin for error is razor-thin. Until then, the stories causing debate include confidence in Emmanuel Forbes, the Commanders' next-man-up mentality, high priase for quarterback Sam Howell, and Eric Bieniemy's adjustments.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Commanders' next-man-up mentality
It's been a difficult week on the injury front. Starting safety Darrick Forrest and All-Pro special teamer Jeremy Reaves are both on injured/reserve after suffering complications against the Chicago Bears, with the latter set to miss the entire campaign with a partially torn ACL.
This is a blow, there's no getting away from that. While Ron Rivera was disappointed - especially for Reaves given the severity of his injury - there is a clear next-man-up mentality from the head coach based on comments via the team's website.
"That's a big blow for us. Obviously we have some guys on practice squad that we're going to look at and we will be elevating. A couple of those guys are guys that are special teams guys as well. We drafted Percy [Butler] for a reason. We got Quan [Martin] for a reason, and this is why. So now it's the next man up mentality, and we just gotta go forward and get ready."- Ron Rivera via Commanders.com
The Washington Commanders could have done without two key figures going down when they're on a three-game losing skid. However, those tasked with increased responsibilities need to roll up their sleeves and get on with it.