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Washington Commanders OTA News And Notes

The Washington Commanders began their Organized Team Activities (OTAs) this week with practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It is the first time in the offseason that rookies and veterans are permitted to come together. After finishing last in the NFC East in 2022, and proclaiming second year quarterback Sam Howell as the starting quarterback in the offseason, there is a lot to work on.

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Washington Commanders 2023 Schedule: Matchups, Key Games To Watch And More

It’s finally here. Your first look at the Washington Commanders 2023 NFL schedule. The opponents have been known for quite some time, but it has finally been revealed exactly when each team will square off against the Commanders. As the 2023 NFL season approaches, fans of the burgundy and gold eagerly anticipate another year of football.

What match-ups are you excited about? What are the toughest games?

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Looking Back At The Washington Commanders 2022 NFL Season

It wasn’t a losing season, but it wasn’t a winning one either. It was a very mixed bag for the Washington Commanders in 2022. Despite an auspicious beginning, they were in the playoff hunt until the second last game of the season against the Cleveland Browns – a 24-10 defeat that dashed any hopes of a playoff game.

Who could forget the infamous comment from Head Coach Ron Rivera following the Browns loss?

“We can be eliminated?”

After the first game, it looked like maybe the Carson Wentz could work.

That didn’t last long.

Here’s a look at the entire season of events:

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Eric Bieniemy Introductory Press Conference

The Washington Commanders introduced theie new Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator to the media and fans this morning. Eric Bieniemy takes over from Scott Turner, and will look to improve an offense that struggled at times in 2022.

The former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator looked sharp for the presser, donning a grey three-piece suit, with a burgundy tie and Commanders lapel pin.

Here are some of the highlights of what Bieniemy had to say:

EB: “I’m going to bring some energy.”

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What To Know About The Commanders’ Offseason

The fourth summer that Ron Rivera has spent with Washington may be his most difficult one yet. The Commanders’ head coach is still managing chaos, including the possible tectonic shift of an organization sale this year, and he is still without a clear quarterback solution. Additionally, after firing offensive coordinator Scott Turner, Rivera was forced to make arguably the biggest coaching hire of his career in Eric Bieniemy.

For NFL betting fans picking their best bets of the day, the Commanders certainly provided some memorable performances, most notably against Green Bay, Philadelphia, and Dallas, but bettors may not be rushing to wager on Washington for the NFC East Division next season.

According to Rivera, the potential sale won’t have an impact on the front office’s capacity to assemble the team. In theory, the Commanders have enough salary cap room and a solid pick to strengthen the roster. So, what should we look out for?

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Eric Bieniemy Named New Washington Commanders Offensive Coordinator

Many were considered. But from the moment the Kansas City Chiefs closed out the 2022 season with a Super Bowl victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, it seemed that the Washington Commanders really only had eyes for Eric Bieniemy. Today, he was named both the Offensive Coordinator and the Assistant Head Coach, and so began a new chapter for the Commanders.

Bieniemy agreed to a two-year deal that includes a “promotion in title and contractual structure,” according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

It also included a pay raise. He was not under contract with the Chiefs for 2023.

He will be introduced at a news conference next week.

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Commanders Send Offensive Coordinator Scott Turner Packing

After a disappointing 2022 season, the Washington Commanders fired offensive coordinator Scott Turner on Tuesday.  He had been in Washington for three years, and had just signed a three year extension last offseason.

Turner had been with Ron Rivera for the last seven years. He came over from the Carolina Panthers with Ron after four years with that organization. Washington was his leap forward, as it was the first time that he had been given the reigns as an offensive co-ordinator.

But it’s tough to justify holding on to a coordinator whose unit consistently ranks in the bottom third of the league. The Commanders were just 20th in total yards and 26th in points this season.

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Chase Young Will Start Against The Browns This Week

Last week, Chase Young got back to doing what he loves – playing football. After a year on the shelf, the stud defensive end finally got to make his 2022 debut against the San Francisco 49ers.

The former Defensive Player of the Year played very well.

The Plan

The official word was that Young would be on a short leash last week. That he would play somewhere in the neighborhood of 16 snaps. After all, a torn ACL and patellar tendon is a very serious injury. One that can have career-shortening ramifications if not careful.

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Wentz Will Take Over For Heinicke Against The Browns

The 2022 Taylor Heinicke experiment appears to have come to a close. Head coach Ron Rivera announced this week that Carson Wentz would get the start against the Cleveland Browns this Sunday.

The NFL is very much a what have you done for me lately kind of league. And lately, Heinicke has faltered. The Commanders have dropped their last three games and after moving in to a solid playoff position, are now in danger of dropping out of it. In fact, one loss in the last two games would almost certainly take Washington out of the Wild Card position.

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Commanders Vs Cowboys: The Good, The Bad And The Fugly

The Commanders took on division rival Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, and came up short. Really short. The scoreline of 25-10 for Dallas was if anything, flattering to Washington.

The defense put up a decent fight at times, but the offense was once again, anaemic. They have managed just 18 points in the last two contests.

Fans are clamoring for Carson Wentz to take a seat in favor of Taylor Heinicke – or even more desperately, Sam Howell.

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