Washington commanders recently on the hunt for a new offensive coordinator after scott turner was fired… The commanders are letting potential candidates know who their likely starting quarterback will be in 2023, according to sources.
Sam Howell started and won his 17th game of the season for Washington and is expected to be QB1 when the Commanders begin their offseason duties in the new league year. That would seem to keep the Commanders from both finding a veteran in the trade market and using their No. 16 pick in the 2023 draft to pick a rookie in the 2023 draft.
The Commanders selected Howell in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The former North Carolina standout was picked in the draft following Kenny Pickett, Desmond Reed, Malik Willis, Matt Corral and Bailey Zapp. The sixth quarterback selected.
Howell played the third quarterback all season. He has sat out nine of his first 16 games this season and has not played in the seven games he has played. Commanders head coach Ron Rivera decided to start Howell in the final game of the season against the Cowboys after being eliminated from playoff contention.
Howell’s first pass attempt was a touchdown pass against Dallas:
He completed 11 of 19 games for 169 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Some of his throws are pretty impressive:
That game, along with a year of practice, was enough to give Washington confidence heading into the offseason with Howell as QB1 and hoping to re-sign Tyler Hynek in a backup deal.
Carson Wentz, who the Commanders traded for last year, will be released before the start of the league year in March.