Commanders QB room given lowest score
While there is faith that Sam Howell can finally provide stability at the quarterback position in 2023, this isn't an opinion shared by everyone. Many analysts have grave concerns about the player's lack of experience and how well the offensive line can perform in front of him, so things are hanging in the balance with jobs at stake under new ownership next season.
When releasing his 2023 projection guide, Mike Clay of ESPN gave Howell and the Washington Commanders quarterback room the lowest possible mark out of 4.0. This 0.1 score might be a little harsh, but it is a glaring indication of how precarious things might be for head coach Ron Rivera if the former fifth-round selection out of North Carolina fluffs his lines.
It wasn't just the quarterbacks that came in for criticism in Clay's projections. The Commanders' offensive line, tight ends, and linebacking corps all scored below 1.0, which doesn't exactly portray much hope for playoff football if these particular grades translate onto the field.
Fortunately for the Commanders, football isn't played on paper. Howell has the belief of those within the locker room and the coaching staff, which also has an exceptional offensive mind leading the charge in Eric Bieniemy.
This could make all the difference. But it won't take long to figure out if Howell has what it takes.