Commanders news: Sam Howell, Eric Bieniemy, Kliff Kingsbury and Chase Young

Delving deeper into the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Commanders OC Kliff Kingsbury's strengths

Kliff Kingsbury's appointment as Washington Commanders offensive coordinator came with raised eyebrows and wild speculation about the future from media analysts and fans alike. The connection to USC prospect Caleb Williams aside, many wondered whether the play-caller deserved such an opportunity based on how things finished with the Arizona Cardinals and his less-than-stellar record at Texas Tech.

Confidence is high within the building that Washington has the right guy to lead their offense. Kingsbury's work with quarterbacks such as Patrick Mahomes and Kyler Murray will also be invaluable as the Commanders explore potential options at No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft.

When discussing what makes Kingsbury such an accomplished coach, Mahomes highlighted his ability to maximize strengths and allow a sense of freedom to flourish based on comments via Pro Football Talk.

"I think the biggest thing is, you see, with a lot of young quarterbacks is whenever they get to a coach, they kind of try to restrict them and kind of make them be this model of how the quarterback position is supposed to be played. And I think he was early in the game of just saying, ‘Hey, let’s maximize your strengths.’ He would teach me here and there how to be more mechanical and get in the pocket and the fundamentals of the game, but he never restricted who I was."

Patrick Mahomes via Pro Football Talk

The Commanders have a big decision to make at No. 2 overall. There's a chance those in power make a bold trade-up for Caleb Williams, but all signs point to the Chicago Bears staying put. This leaves them with either Drake Maye or Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels.