Commanders are under most pressure in 2023
The presence of Josh Harris and his wealthy team of investors assuming charge of the Washington Commanders next week brings optimism for a successful future. But for many within the organization, it comes with a sense of uncertainty about their long-term futures with the franchise.
Jobs are on the line. Perhaps not initially given that Harris reportedly wants to assess everything before making widespread changes, but certainly if progress isn't made during a critical 2023 campaign.
This - coupled with a distinct lack of success in recent years before and during the Ron Rivera era - raises the stakes considerably. Something that was further highlighted by Bryce Ewing from Yardbarker, who put the Commanders as his No. 1 team under pressure next season.
"The Commanders haven’t had a winning season since 2016. Even when they won the NFC East in 2020, their record was 7-9. After passing on quarterbacks like Will Levis and Hendon Hooker in April's draft, the squad will rely on Sam Howell, a fifth-round draft pick from 2022. Did we mention that new owners are about to take over? After holding D.C. hostage for over two decades, Dan Snyder has agreed to sell the team to Josh Harris. In other words, everyone associated with the Commanders will be playing for their jobs this year. How’s that for urgency?"- Bruce Ewing, Yardbarker
This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone - especially to those within the building. How they perform under the closest scrutiny imaginable will define what comes next.