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

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Sam Howell
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Commanders QB Sam Howell's growth

Sam Howell continues to draw national plaudits for his sensational stretch of form. There's been a noticeable growth in terms of consistency over the last three games, which is cementing his status as the Washington Commanders starting quarterback whether Ron Rivera is still around or not.

Josh Harris and Magic Johnson have been around sports franchises before. They must know a good thing when they see one, which is exactly what Howell is becoming thanks to improved pocket poise and boasting traits that cannot be taught.

This was a sentiment echoed by offensive lineman Sam Cosmi, who highlighted Howell's impressive development throughout the campaign via SB Nation. He also claimed that there's something special within the signal-caller that other players are naturally gravitating towards.

"He’s balling, man. He’s showing some crazy stuff. He’s really developed. You can see from the beginning of the year to now, I mean, it’s just like, wow. The thing that’s really cool to see, he’s like taking the coaching and he’s putting it out there. He’s getting the ball out when it needs to get out. Obviously, he’s just learning every week, and you can see him develop into a really, really special thing. I mean, he made some plays out there that were really, really special. So, it’s really good to see."

Sam Cosmi via SB Nation

Nothing is guaranteed, especially with landmark changes on the immediate horizon. But it would be extremely harsh on Howell if he was relegated to backup duties under a new regime if the same trend continues over Washington's remaining seven games.