Commanders News: Sam Howell, Ron Rivera, Montez Sweat and Week 9

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

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Commanders QB Sam Howell's outlook

All the talk this week has been about the trades made by the Washington Commanders. Montez Sweat and Chase Young were sent packing, which was a bombshell in no uncertain terms and another sign that the wheels of change are firmly in motion under Josh Harris' new ownership group.

This should put everyone on red alert regarding their fortunes. But according to Dianna Russini of The Athletic, there is a growing consensus within the building that they might have a franchise quarterback on their hands with Sam Howell - even if Ron Rivera's future remains murky.

"Though Ron Rivera and the front office were on board with moving their two star pass rushers after several discussions, I was told the final seal of approval was made by ownership. It’s not unusual for an owner to be part of moves that involve multiple star players on a roster. There isn’t a coach in the NFL who wants to lose talent in a win-now season, but it was explained to me by a high-ranking official that this is all about longer-term planning. There is a strong belief in the building that the Commanders have found their franchise quarterback in Sam Howell, and now it’s about building for 2024. We still don’t know if ownership will stick with Rivera, general manager Martin Mayhew and executive vice president of player personnel Marty Hurney, but I can tell you they aren’t giving up on the season whether they are part of the future of the new Commanders or not."

Dianna Russini, The Athletic

Howell has certainly looked the part at times this season. But much will also depend on whether the Commanders clean house and what the opinion of any new general manager or head coach dictates.