Commanders HC Ron Rivera Admitted He Wasn’t Aware How Good Sam Howell Throughout 2022 Season

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Washington Commanders‘ head coach Ron Rivera expressed regret over not starting quarterback Sam Howell earlier during the 2022 NFL season.

Rivera admitted that he was unaware of Howell’s true potential until late in the season, a realization that has left him pondering what might have been.

Speaking with Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, Rivera disclosed that he had discussed the team’s quarterback situation extensively with his wife throughout the season, ruefully stating, “All we f—— talked about was the quarterback. I kept saying, f—, if I would have known this, I would have played him sooner.”

The turning point for Rivera was the Week 18 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys in the 2022 season.

Sam Howell showcased his ability during that game, convincing Rivera of his potential as the Commanders’ starting quarterback. As a result, Howell is set to take the reins as the starting quarterback for the Commanders in the upcoming 2023 season.

Rivera’s late realization about Howell’s abilities brings into focus a critical decision made during the 2022 season. In Week 17, the Commanders had a chance to continue their quest for playoff berth if they won against the Cleveland Browns.

However, they opted to start now unsigned free-agent Carson Wentz, a move that ultimately proved costly as Wentz threw three interceptions and failed to pass for a single touchdown in the game.

It was later revealed that Rivera was unaware that the Commanders might miss the playoffs, a revelation that adds to the sense of missed opportunity.

The Washington Commanders and their fans are left to wonder how the 2022 season might have unfolded had Sam Howell been given the starting role earlier.

Nonetheless, with Howell set to lead the team in 2023, there is renewed hope for a successful campaign on the