Sam Howell's confusing Commanders ascension
Ron Rivera and his staff are placing a significant amount of faith in quarterback Sam Howell heading into a season where many jobs are on the line. It's been a mixed bag for the quarterback throughout training camp so far, but the Washington Commanders remain steadfast in their belief he can provide the improved consistency needed at football's most pivotal position.
This is a lot to ask for a former fifth-round pick with just one start under his belt. Howell's growing pains are to be expected in such circumstances, but Neil Reynolds from Sky Sports highlighted the signal-caller's confusing ascension and questioned whether it was the right call for Rivera to make.
"The ascension of Washington's fifth-round pick from 2022 is confusing. Sam Howell looked decent in a Week 18 outing against Dallas, but not much more than that. Is he the long-term answer after just one NFL start? Washington have started 13 different quarterbacks since 2016 - most in the NFL. Howell needs help from new offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. Washington have topped 30 points just six times since 2018 - the fewest in the NFL."- Neil Reynolds, Sky Sports
Much like the situation with Chase Young, the one-time North Carolina prospect knows how many people are doubting him and wants to shut them up. The skill position talent is there to lean on and Eric Bieniemy calling the plays is another major asset, but this all comes down to Howell's ability to handle pressure and get this once-proud franchise trending in the right direction at long last.