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Leaders’ Ron Rivera Undecided Between Sam Howell, Jacoby Brissett as QB1 vs. 49ers

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIDecember 26, 2023

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Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera stays unsure on whether Sam Howell or Jacoby Brissett will begin at quarterback when they play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

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Ron Rivera stated they’re still “overcoming a couple things” in choosing who will be the Commanders’ beginning QB moving forward. Gamers are off today. Statement most likely tomorrow.

Howell has actually begun all year however had a hard time over his last 3 contests, finishing simply 29-of-71 passes (40.9 percent) for 285 backyards, one goal and 4 interceptions. Last Sunday versus the New York Jets, Howell finished 6-of-22 passes for 56 lawns, no goals and 2 interceptions.

Brissett has actually taken control of for Howell in each of the last 2 video games. He finished 8-of-10 passes for 124 backyards and 2 goals in a 28-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Brissett then almost led the Commanders back from a 20-0 deficit in a 30-28 loss to the Jets by finishing 10-of-13 passes for 100 backyards and a goal.

Howell remains in his very first year as Washington’s beginning quarterback after being picked in the 5th round of the 2022 NFL draft. Amongst 30 certified passers, Howell ranks 25th in quarterback score and 23rd in QBR, per Pro Football Reference.

The UNC item has actually shown efficient in leading an effective offense, nevertheless, in numerous video games this year. His best shots consist of a 391-yard, four-touchdown getaway versus the Philadelphia Eagles and a 312-yard, three-score efficiency versus the Seattle Seahawks.

Plus, Howell is just 23 years of ages, so his efficiency of late definitely isn’t an indictment on his future in this league. He can definitely turn it around and install more efficiencies comparable to the Eagles and Seahawks video games.

Washington has actually lost 6 straight and 11 of 13 because a 2-0 start. If the Commanders wish to put their focus on winning these last 2 video games, then Brissett just may be the very best alternative at this moment offered his current play.

Washington closes versus 2 playoff-bound groups who get after the quarterback early and typically in the 49ers and Dallas Cowboys, so points are going to be tough to come by. Brissett merely may provide the Commanders their finest possibility at winning video games as Washington plays out the string.

We’ll quickly discover what Rivera chooses. In either case, kickoff for the 49ers video game is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in FedEx Field.

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