Commanders News: Ron Rivera, Sam Howell, Jonathan Allen and Chase Young

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Commanders QB Sam Howell's frustration

This was a step backward for Sam Howell based on the high standards he's set since becoming the Washington Commanders starting quarterback. While he got absolutely no help from the offensive line - especially in the first half - the signal-caller also needs to be doing much better when it comes to key areas such as pre-snap recognition and timing of his throws.

Howell is far from the biggest problem for the Commanders right now. But with the defense doing their bit after a rocky start, their latest defeat can be placed squarely on the offense's shoulders thanks to poor execution and struggling mightily to cope with Wink Martindale's blitz-heavy defensive scheme.

When discussing the performance, Howell acknowledged via David Aldridge of The Athletic that it could have been better. Something that was clearly frustrating the former fifth-round pick in the contest's immediate aftermath.

"We felt like we had a good plan, had answers for everything that they might do, and we just weren’t executing. So, it’s frustrating. The good thing is our defense played well and kept us in the game and made some big plays, huge stops, the turnover (forcing a Saquon Barkley fumble midway through the fourth). We’ve just got to do a better job offensively. If our defense gives up 14 points — and I think one of those touchdowns was on a short field, after my interception — we should win the football game."

Sam Howell via The Athletic

A big response is needed from Howell and the Commanders in Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Nothing less than a win will do, although that'll be easier said than done versus a team that looks primed for another deep playoff run.

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