Commanders News: Ron Rivera, increased urgency, power rankings and Sam Howell

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Commanders increased urgency

The Washington Commanders have plenty of moral victories from their efforts in 2023 so far. Their two games against the Philadelphia Eagles and last weekend's contest with the Seattle Seahawks immediately spring to mind.

Unfortunately, these don't show up in the win column when it's all said and done.

This was something head coach Ron Rivera discussed via Sports Illustrated. While the figurehead acknowledged the Commanders are probably better than their current 4-6 record suggests, the increased urgency to win more games cannot be overstated.

"Well, if everything was coming together, you'd like to think we'd be better than we are right now, but you are what your record says you are. And with the number of games we have left, obviously we've got to make hay. We've got to start winning football games and at a more consistent rate, obviously. It's about making plays. It's about being consistent. I think that's the biggest thing."

Ron Rivera via Sports Illustrated

Basically, it's time to put up or shut up. The Commanders have almost a gimme game this weekend versus the New York Giants, but it gets much tougher after that and a huge effort is needed to get this franchise back on track.

Time is of the essence. Both for the Commanders' hopes of respectability in 2023 and for Rivera's future with the organization as Josh Harris' ownership group watches on intently.