Commanders News: Sam Howell, Ron Rivera, Week 17 and Bill Belichick

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

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The problem with Commanders and Bill Belichick

The Washington Commanders have two games left. But most fans have been looking forward to the offseason for weeks. One that represents the start of what will hopefully be an exciting new era for the franchise.

A new head coach will be coming into the building. Many anticipate it'll be someone experienced such as Bill Belichick. These rumors haven't gone away and are drawing a mixed response from fans, to put it mildly.

When discussing the possibility recently, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated highlighted one potential complication that could scupper any deal from coming to fruition. Specifically, the power Belichick would likely demand.

"Bill Belichick's name has popped up a lot in connection to the Commanders' job. And there's one thing at play there that might be a hurdle to that happening: My sense is that new owner Josh Harris won't hand the keys to the entire operation over to a single person. So if Belichick wants the power he has in New England (total power, which is tough for a coach to get these days), he might have to look elsewhere."

Albert Breer, Sports Illustrated

Belichick's coaching credentials aren't in question. His roster construction as the general manager has come in for scrutiny. Considering how this absolute power method hasn't worked under Ron Rivera, it's something Josh Harris will likely shy away from when the time comes.