Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines with just 13 days remaining until the franchise falls under new ownership?
The clock is ticking as NFL owners get closer to approving the Washington Commanders sale to Josh Harris' ownership group for a record $6.05 billion. It's a steep price to pay, but one that could bring significant financial gain if the new team at the top can awaken this once-proud sleeping giant in the coming years.
There are 13 days until the hard work begins and true jubilation arrives. Until then, among the stories causing debate include Quinn Ewers being linked to the Commanders once again, Sam Howell making believers of everybody, Ron Rivera's big risk, and another encouraging update regarding the vote.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Commanders HC Ron Rivera's big risk
For all the positive recruitment from the Washington Commanders in 2023, there is one thing above all else that threatens to dent the team's plans for progression. That is, of course, Ron Rivera's decision to make Sam Howell his starting quarterback.
Howell has a big opportunity and a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. The move received a seal of approval from Adam Rank from NFL.com, but the writer did question whether or not this was the best method for Rivera to save his job beyond the upcoming campaign.
"Ron Rivera seems committed to going with the 2022 fifth-round pick to start the season. Does this strike you as risky business? Howell made one start last season and was actually pretty good, guiding Washington to a 26-6 win over Dallas in Week 18. So why not give him a shot at this point, eh? I'm into it. But the question I keep coming back to for Rivera: Is this really the best way to get after it if you're trying to save your job? It will be fascinating to see how long a rope Howell gets. If the kid struggles, how quickly will Rivera look to bring in the veteran reliever [Jacoby Brissett]?"- Adam Rank, NFL.com
Nobody is under any illusions here. If Howell fluffs his lines, Rivera will pay the price, but the head coach does seem confident this all-in move will pay off in a huge way.