Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as the dust firmly settles on their dismal Week 5 loss against the Chicago Bears?
Another NFL Sunday is upon us and the Washington Commanders can watch how things unfold around the league. The trouble is, the embarrassment of their Thursday night thumping at home to the Chicago Bears should still be stinging for players and coaches alike.
The dust is settling, but the fact remains there is a lot of hard work ahead for this team in pursuit of better fortunes as the campaign goes on. Until then, the stories causing conversation include Logan Thomas on the team's self-inflicted wounds, the protection around quarterback Sam Howell, a harsh assessment from Chris Cooley, and head coach Ron Rivera on the team's defensive woes.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Chris Cooley's harsh Commanders assessment
Nobody with association with the Washington Commanders looked favorably at how things transpired versus the Chicago Bears with the entire NFL world watching on primetime. They were heavily fancied to put away their opposition in front of another sold-out crowd, but it was an absolute disaster from start to finish en route to the team's third-straight reverse.
There's been some harsh criticism from analysts following the loss. Former Washington tight end Chris Cooley also had a frank assessment of the team's inept outing via USA Today Sports.
"If you are a good team, then win these games. If you are a good team, then consistently find ways to win these games. They can be a good team, but they are not. There is a lack of consistency. Who are they? They got run by the (0-4) Bears early in this game! I thought Washington was garbage. And are they going to continue to give up over 30 points a game? They are early in the season, so the preparation."- Chris Cooley via USA Today Sports
The Commanders looked like they took the result for granted rather than starting off on the front foot and giving themselves a sound platform from which to build. All hope is not lost just yet, but things must improve dramatically before their Week 6 game at the Atlanta Falcons.