Commanders News: Sam Howell, Ron Rivera, Jacoby Brissett and Camaron Cheeseman

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Commanders defensive failings

The bye week is normally a time for adjustments and improved production with additional preparation time. Sadly, the Washington Commanders' bad habits remained during their latest road reverse at the Los Angeles Rams.

One of the biggest failings surrounding the Commanders' defense this season centers on miscommunication and conceding splash plays. This was evident once again in Week 15 when three players were caught ball-watching, which allowed Cooper Kupp the freedom of SoFi Stadium for a deep touchdown.

This is an ongoing complication. One that doesn't seem to be getting better anytime soon. Doug Farrar from USA Today Sports let the statistics speak for themselves when examining the constant failures Washington's secondary is going through.

"The Commanders have been busting coverages all season long, no matter the scheme, and that’s been particularly true whenever opposing offenses throw any kind of pre-snap motion against them. Through Week 14, per Sports Ifo Solutions, Washington had allowed a completion rate of 65.0%, 16 touchdowns to just two interceptions, an opponent passer rating of 109.6, and an EPA of 37.26 against passes with pre-snap motion."

Doug Farrar, USA Today Sports

This is a coaching issue. Firing Jack Del Rio's done nothing to improve matters defensively. If this was Ron Rivera's final card to play, then his fate will be sealed once the campaign concludes.