Ron Rivera pleased with Commanders QB
As previously stated, it was an encouraging outing all things considered for quarterback Sam Howell. There were some throws he'd like to have back and the protection in front of him wasn't exactly stellar, but it represented a solid platform from which to build ahead of his second professional campaign.
Ron Rivera also liked what he saw from Howell based on his post-game statements via Nicki Jhabvala from The Washington Post. In particular, the taking charge of the huddle and decision-making that the head coach was planning to examine in great detail.
"Very encouraged. A lot of good things. I thought, again, he threw some really good balls. I thought the decision-making was what you want. He looked to have command of things, and it was good to see him get into a rhythm."- Ron Rivera via Washington Post
Rivera didn't make things easy for himself this week with his ill-advised comments about certain players reportedly being unhappy with Eric Bieniemy's coaching methods. Even the veteran coaches get learning experiences sometimes, which is what he should chalk this down to as everyone moves on.
The coach is banking heavily on Howell producing the goods next season with new ownership watching every move closely. Hopefully, this can be the start of a profitable relationship in 2023 and possibly beyond.