Ringing Josh Harris endorsement proves Commanders are in great hands

Things are looking up...
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Washington Commanders majority owner Josh Harris received a ringing endorsement from veteran punter Tress Way.

Josh Harris was under no illusions as to the size of the task awaiting his ownership group when they wrestled the Washington Commanders from Dan Snyder's overpowering grasp. This franchise was in complete shambles on and off the field. It turned off free agents and turned a once-storied organization into a laughingstock. The time for change had long arrived.

Harris has made a tremendous start. There is a significant investment in the dilapidated facilities while grander plans are made. There's been a keen emphasis on improving the fan experience, which is gradually winning back those who turned away during Snyder's reign of terror.

It's been a long time since there was positivity in DC. Harris hired the right people based on early impressions. More importantly, he's approachable with the players and also staying out of the football decision-making process. That's not to say he isn't interested, but there is a level of trust that simply wasn't evident throughout Snyder's meddling.

Commanders are on the right track under Josh Harris

This isn't going unnoticed. Something that was articulated perfectly by veteran punter Tress Way, who genuinely believes the Commanders are in good hands at long last based on comments via Fan Nation.

"The NFLPA survey also had a grade for the ownership of how we believed or how players would believe if they're willing to invest or not. And I believe that Mr. Harris had a pretty great approval rating. And that is the way he talks to us. I think he, he's very authentic. He's very, very grateful and humble. And so I know that it's just part of the long game. It is just how it goes. Anybody that's ever been waiting on a house to be built or see a neighborhood go up, things just aren't going to happen overnight. But as long as people are doing their jobs and trying to do it the right way and then typically some good things will start happening and I'm really honored to be a part of that."

Tress Way via Fan Nation

Everyone just needed a reason to believe again. Harris is restoring a sense of pride piece by piece. There's an evident level of excitement within the building about what's been done and what is ahead. Way is right to preach a level of patience considering the ungodly state of affairs Washington's ownership consortium inherited, but the foundations are being laid for a more profitable future.

The Commanders need to take advantage of this newfound momentum. A strong draft with the vast assets available is only going to inspire more confidence. After that, it's a case of Dan Quinn and his staff implementing their strategy, Peters maintaining high standards in the front office, and Harris molding plans for a new stadium among many other pressing items on his agenda.

As the old saying goes: At the end of a storm, there's a golden sky. The Commanders and its long-suffering fanbase have been put through more turmoil than most throughout the last two decades. It's now time to turn the page and focus on the future.

Harris has a plan in place to take the Commanders from proverbial poverty back to the NFL's top table. Unlike the previous owner's delusions of grandeur, this finally looks like a legitimate possibility in the not-too-distant future.

And we can all be thankful for that.