Commanders News: Eric Bieniemy, Sam Howell, Ron Rivera and Drake Maye

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as preparations gather pace for their trip to the Los Angeles Rams?

It'll be interesting to see what adjustments have been made by the Washington Commanders during their bye week. While this extended reflection period came too late to salvage anything from the campaign, it provided a chance to make improvements to finish the campaign strongly before big changes are implemented by Josh Harris' ownership group.

The Los Angeles Rams have much more to play for right now, so the challenge this weekend is obvious. Until then, the stories causing conversation include Washington's plan for Aaron Donald, Sean McVay's assessment of Sam Howell, Eric Bieniemy's head coaching hopes, and the Commanders' current QB1's relationship with a prospect who could potentially take his place.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders plan for Aaron Donald

If the Washington Commanders want to stand any chance of causing an upset in Week 15, they must keep Aaron Donald contained. The perennial All-Pro and future Pro Football Hall of Famer is a human wrecking ball on the defensive line interior, which poses a huge problem for an offensive line going through severe complications.

While head coach Ron Rivera didn't give too much of his game plan away, the experienced figure acknowledged Donald's pre-snap position must be identified at all times and the protection adjusted accordingly based on comments via Sports Illustrated.

"Well, you most certainly got to be aware of where he is first and foremost. Hopefully, with things that we would like to do, our intent to do, we can get those things accomplished."

Ron Rivera via Sports Illustrated

Donald is more than capable of making a difference consistently against double and even triple teams. It's going to take a monumental effort from the Commanders' offensive line. But confidence isn't exactly high given their previous performance levels in 2023.

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