Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines after the team's embarrassing loss at the New York Giants?
It seems as if the Washington Commanders cannot stop getting in their own way. After an impressive road win over the Atlanta Falcons, this team's hopes of entering the wild card picture were dealt a significant blow after a pathetic loss at the New York Giants to further raise speculation about the futures of those in positions of power.
Considering how under-strength the Giants were, this was a body blow. Following the game, the stories generating debate include Ron Rivera's defiance, Jonathan Allen's tirade, Chase Young's call to arms, and Sam Howell's reflection.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Commanders DE Chase Young's mentality
There were very few bright spots from the Washington Commanders' point of view in Week 7. Of those, one would arguably place defensive end Chase Young's performance atop the list.
Young is starting to look like the dominant figure many envisaged when he was taken No. 2 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. He was a constant menace to a depleted New York Giants offensive line, gaining two sacks and further boosting his chances of getting a big-time payday once the campaign concludes.
That didn't matter much to Young after such a dismal loss. He was more keen to highlight the need to remain focused and improve standards in practice based on comments via Washington's website.
"Just keep rolling with the punches. It's still early in the season and we haven't accomplished everything we wanna accomplish, so gotta keep our eyes on the prize. Be consistent every day, keep watching film, and hold each other accountable. Gotta lead by example, lead by example in practice, that's all I can do. I feel like we can be the best we can but just gotta show and it starts with practice."- Chase Young via Commanders.com
A lot of soul-searching is needed this week before the Commanders gear up for their crunch game against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field. Another loss could also have ramifications when it comes to Young's future before the 2023 trade deadline.