The Washington Commanders found their groove last season, rebounding from a 1-4 start to win six of their next seven games and come close to snagging a wild-card playoff spot.
They have a big question mark at the quarterback position, but they have a productive Pro Bowl wide receiver in Terry McLaurin and a couple of Pro Bowl defensive tackles in Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen.
The Commanders also have a new offensive coordinator in Eric Bieniemy, who previously held that role for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Wide receiver Jahan Dotson had a glowing comment about him.
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Bieniemy ran some extremely successful offenses in Kansas City over the last five seasons, and three times in that span, his team finished first in the NFL in total yards.
Of course, his team also won two Super Bowls during that span.
In Washington, Bieniemy won’t have the services of the game’s best quarterback in Patrick Mahomes, but he will have the opportunity to improve an offense that was just 24th in points and 20th in total yards last season.
The Commanders were just 20th in pass attempts last season, and perhaps that is a figure that will improve this fall and winter.
Still, it will be an uphill climb for them to make the playoffs in an ultra-competitive NFC East.
The Philadelphia Eagles, despite losing defensive tackle Javon Hargrave and running back Miles Sanders, are still being picked to win the conference, while the Dallas Cowboys, with new additions Stephon Gilmore and Brandin Cooks, are nipping at their heels.
In addition, the New York Giants will look to build on a surprising 2022 campaign in which they went 9-7-1 and made the playoffs.NEXT: Commanders WR Has High Praise For QB Sam Howell