Commanders news: Ron Rivera, Chase Young, Week 18 and rebuilding

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 excitement continues to build heading into an important offseason?

There is one game left for the Washington Commanders in 2023. There is one game left for head coach Ron Rivera. It has some added meaning for both teams - unusual for a regular-season finale. But for very differing reasons.

The Commanders are looking to sow up the No. 2 overall pick. The Dallas Cowboys are aiming to secure the NFC East and a home playoff game when the time comes. Until then, the stories causing debate include Chase Young's homecoming, Rivera's biggest error, Washington's upcoming rebuild, and early odds for Week 18 at FedEx Field.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Chase Young on Commanders homecoming

The San Francisco 49ers got their Super Bowl aspirations back on track as expected against the Washington Commanders in Week 17. But for Chase Young, it wasn't the impact he wanted going up versus his old employers after his trade before the deadline.

Young was almost a bystander in terms of impacting the stat sheet. Clashing with ex-teammates for the first time is a strange feeling, but the former No. 2 overall selection felt good to be back home and in familiar surroundings based on comments via Sports Illustrated.

"Just feel good to be home in general. Back to what’s familiar, familiar feelings. Just being back in College Park felt good. Football is football, but it was good. Good seeing some of my guys over there. My teammates made it a lot easier for me. They’ve roped me in. I feel like I've been a part of the team for four years. Yeah, it's been pretty smooth."

Chase Young via Sports Illustrated

Things didn't work out between Young and the Commanders despite such high expectations when he came out of Ohio State. It's time for everyone to turn the page and wish the defensive end well in his quest to win a ring this season.