Everyone agreed that it was time for Dan Snyder to be gone, from players to owners to fans to the league office. The Washington Commanders will enter the 2023-2024 season under new ownership. Now everyone can rejoice. The sale won’t have an effect on the Commanders’ field performance though so let’s not act like they will be Super Bowl competitors, barring any miracles. They shouldn’t be instant contenders, to say the least.
The team badly needs a new stadium, and Snyder’s poor people skills and various misdeeds are probably a reason the team has made little headway in that direction. The organization has to rebuild its relationship with the fans. The 2022 season was filled with roster problems, the biggest one was the trade for Carson Wentz. The experiment was an utter failure. Washington gave up valuable picks and paid him $22 million. He was awful and got benched, and then got cut. The fans wanted Taylor Heinicke and they made it clear.
There aren’t many reasons to believe that things will turnaround this season. They didn’t enter the Lamar Jackson sweepstakes. The draft was pretty bad. Chase Young didn’t have his fifth year exercised. Nonetheless, lets take a look at the key additions and key losses:
The Washington Commanders QB room is not very deep, in fact it’s lacking an experienced quarterback who can help lead this roster to the playoffs in 2023-2024. Brissett was added to be the backup to Sam Howell, but neither are known as winning quarterbacks.
Some protection was added in both Nick Gates and Andrew Wylie out of free agency. Both appear to be starters for the first game. Trenton Scott, Braeden Daniels and Ricky Stromberg were also added. They appear to be listed on the 2 and 3 strings.
LB Cody Barton
Adding an experienced Linebacker like Cody Barton will be a positive for the Commanders defense. He’s had some time in Seattle to learn from Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and Bruce Irvin. He has a total of 231 tackles in 65 games and is still just 26-years-old. Hes been a solid fit for the defense already.
QB Taylor Heinicke
The veteran QB only started nine games in 2022. The Washington Commanders appear to have shifted towards Sam Howell leading the offense starting in the 2023-2024 season. Heinicke was a serviceable option that could have been a nice back-up but the Commanders enter the season with QB as their biggest weakness.
The Commanders addressed their secondary with the additions of Emmanuel Forbes and Jartavius Martin. However, the Cornerback position still appears to be a weakness.
A year ago they just missed out on the playoffs. Heading into the 2023-2024 season, the end result for the Washington Commanders will depend on if Sam Howell can sink or swim. The Commanders are capable of grabbing a wildcard spot. The question is, what will be seen as acceptable success for the new ownership or will this year be Ron Rivera’s last in the capital?
Record Floor: 7-9
Record Ceiling: 12-5
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