Commanders quarterback search takes unusual yet fascinating twist

It's unconventional, for sure...
Adam Peters
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The Washington Commanders have a monumental decision upcoming. They have the No. 2 overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft, which could be the opportunity those in power need to finally get themselves a franchise quarterback.

Picking the right guy isn't easy, even from atop the draft. Once Caleb Williams goes to the Chicago Bears at No. 1 overall as expected, general manager Adam Peters will have his pick of prospects. The new front-office leader is reportedly taking a different final approach to unearth the correct signal-caller capable of leading the Commanders into their exciting new era.

Commanders take unusual method for QB visits

According to Albert Breer from Sports Illustrated, the Commanders are hosting Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye, J.J. McCarthy, and Michael Penix Jr. together. This is an unconventional route, but one the new regime believes is the best way to firmly decide on which quarterback to bring into the fold.

Of course, everyone has a preference. At this stage of the pre-draft assessment process, that'll likely be the case in the building too. The Commanders have studied countless hours of game film, spoken to the prospects in contention, attended their pro days, and likely gotten references from coaches who've worked with them previously. This final meeting will reaffirm perceptions or, in some cases, surprise one last time.

Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network stated that Peters and head coach Dan Quinn will be part of the final interview process as anticipated. Majority ownership partner Josh Harris is also set to be in attendance, although this is as an observer rather than someone looking to throw their weight around like the previous owner.

Typically, these visits are done separately, especially where such a big decision is concerned. It's unlikely that the Commanders will be holding some sort of round table of quarterback speed dating. But bringing them in almost simultaneously based on reports does go against the grain.

In truth, it's probably something and nothing. The Commanders have been methodical and purposeful in their approach throughout the first offseason with Peters calling the shots. This is just covering all bases and getting a broader lay of the land before their choice becomes final in a little over a week.

One thing that cannot be disputed is the pivotal need to get this choice correct. Washington has bolder ambitions under Harris' ownership group, who've done an exceptional job of improving the infrastructure and laying stable foundations for long-term prosperity. This counts for almost nothing if they cannot solve their ongoing complication at football's most important position.

The growing momentum surrounding Daniels cannot be ignored, but hosting these quarterbacks one last time could also indicate it's a four-horse race. There's simply no telling for sure, which is the way Peters likes it to keep everyone on their toes.

There's not long to go before we find out for sure. Whichever route the Commanders end up going, nobody can accuse them of shirking their responsibilities. This has been a comprehensive evaluation and a refreshing, collaborative approach. Their selection should get the full support of fans as a result.

Mercifully, the time for speculation, hearsay, and everything in between is almost at an end. We can all be thankful for that.