The Washington Commanders had a roller-coaster of a 2022 season.
After starting the year with a 1-4 record, the Commanders won six of their next seven games, bringing their record to 7-5.
However, they quickly fell off, winning just one game the rest of the way, ending their season with an 8-8-1 record, which was fourth in the NFC East.
Many around the league have pointed to their constant quarterback carousel as the reason for their downfall.
Yesterday, head coach Ron Rivera provided some insight into this situation moving forward into 2023.
News: #Commanders say that Sam Howell is “more than likely” QB1 heading into the 2023 season, according to coach Ron Rivera. pic.twitter.com/qC9dXC8MZp
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 8, 2023
During Super Bowl Live yesterday, Rivera remarked that Sam Howell is likely to be the team’s starting quarterback next season.
The Commanders started Carson Wentz, Taylor Heinicke, and Howell at quarterback last season.
With Wentz severely underwhelming expectations, and Heinicke not being their long-term solution, it appears that the Commanders will be turning the reins over to Howell.
Howell was a fifth-round pick during the 2022 NFL Draft.
During his time at the University of North Carolina, Howell was a three-year starter, throwing for 10,283 yards, 92 touchdowns, and just 23 interceptions.
Howell found great success in college but hasn’t had much opportunity to showcase his skills at the NFL level.
In the one game he started last season, Howell attempted just 19 passes, throwing for 169 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
Howell wasn’t needed much in this game, given that the Commanders blew out the Dallas Cowboys.
If the Commanders do end up starting Howell for the entire season, they will at least have stability at the position for the first time in several years.NEXT: NFL Fans React To What Ron Rivera Said Today