Commanders News: Sam Howell, Magic Johnson, Ron Rivera and Michael Irvin

Looking closer at the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as attention quickly turns to their Thursday Night Football clash in Week 5?

There is no time for the Washington Commanders to dwell on their Week 4 heartbreaker at the Philadelphia Eagles despite an outstanding effort. The bright primetime lights await this Thursday night against the Chicago Bears at FedEx Field, which represents a good chance to get back in the win column with the entire NFL world watching.

Until then, the stories causing debate include Magic Johnson's reaction, Sam Howell's impressive growth, Ron Rivera's confidence in Emmanuel Forbes, and Michael Irvin's criticism regarding the Commanders' decision-making process at the end of regulation at the Eagles.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Magic Johnson's hope for Commanders

It was a gut-wrenching loss for the Washington Commanders in Week 4. There are no moral victories where the NFL is concerned, but those involved can take great heart from their ability to bounce back, especially considering what transpired against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3.

The loss - although disappointing - was a testament to how much fighting spirit resides within the locker room. Something that Magic Johnson, a member of Josh Harris' ownership group, hopes can continue long into the future based on his comments via X/Twitter.

"Hopefully the effort we displayed in this game will be part of our DNA all season long."

Magic Johnson via X/Twitter

It's very rare to see a team go through one particular season wth no complications to overcome. But the Commanders at least demonstrated their collective belief that better fortunes are ahead starting this week versus the Chicago Bears.