Commanders' expectations for Sam Howell
There is increased pressure on Sam Howell to deliver the goods in Week 16. His poor performance was the primary catalyst behind being benched at the Los Angeles Rams. Although head coach Ron Rivera stated it was down to protecting the signal-caller more than anything else initially.
Jacoby Brissett played well filling in for Howell. This only raises the stakes further as the former fifth-round selection wants to cement his status as QB1 beyond the current campaign. From Rivera's perspective, he's looking for consistency in pursuit of ending the season positively based on comments via Sports Illustrated.
"If there's one thing, just to me, is just the consistency. To continue with the consistency. It's been a tough few weeks. We haven't played the way we've wanted as a team. I think again, it is a good opportunity as we just look at them, focus in on them one at a time, and play consistent football."- Ron Rivera via Sports Illustrated
The New York Jets pass defense is among the league's best. Howell will also be without two starting offensive linemen - Tyler Larsen and left tackle Charles Leno Jr. If the North Carolina product cannot get anything going and the Commanders fall behind, don't be surprised if Rivera makes another change.
If this scenario comes to fruition, Howell's chances of being under center under a new coaching staff in 2024 diminish considerably. This is a test of character he must come through with flying colors.