Commanders News: Sam Howell, sale positivity, Eric Bieniemy and QB situation

Sam Howell and Jacoby Brissett
Sam Howell and Jacoby Brissett / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Commanders QB situation ranked among worst

Despite all the positive changes across the Washington Commanders throughout another eventful offseason, their fortunes in 2023 hinge on the quarterback position. Something that could legitimately go either way.

As previously stated, Sam Howell will be No. 1 unless there is a drastic shift in momentum at training camp. The Commanders are confident he can thrive, but those in power brought themselves a decent contingency plan in the form of Jacoby Brissett via free agency.

Although there are some severe concerns that could jeopardize Washington's hopes, Gary Davenport of The Bleacher Report listed them at No. 7 in his top-10 worst quarterback situations. This is thanks in no small part to Brissett's presence and his production with the Cleveland Browns in 2022.

"This ranking may raise a few eyebrows. After all, the Washington Commanders will ostensibly be starting a fifth-round quarterback in 2023 who has made all of one career start. However, the Commanders have a hole card of sorts. The signing of veteran backup Jacoby Brissett was a brilliant move as insurance against struggles from [Sam] Howell. While filling in for the suspended Deshaun Watson in Cleveland last year, Brissett was quietly eighth in the league in QBR. That's a higher QBR than Joe Burrow. And Justin Herbert. And the retired Tom Brady."

Gary Davenport, The Bleacher Report

This is a good backup to have in the event Howell fluffs his lines. Brissett is a stable presence under center, but the former North Carolina star might have that X-factor that could propel the Commanders into postseason contention.