Wyvern Posted December 7, 2022 Share Posted December 7, 2022 In a way, Rivera seems to have decided to forego figuring out who's going to be his QB of the future (2023 season and beyond) in order to have a chance to make the playoffs in 2022. It's just my opinion -- but Washington is in this dilemma, due to the hole they dug themselves into, when they whiffed on their pick of Haskins, and Wentz didn't immediately pan out for them. I'd hoped Rivera might have been able to try assessing Wentz a little more, especially during those times when the interior of Washington's O-Line had somewhat stabilized to be considered "semi-adequate pass protection" and the defense had finally addressed their issues at cornerback issues. Due to timing and injury, it now looks like Wentz will be released in 2023 -- essentially becoming an extremely expensive rental for a quarter of the 2022 season. So what's Rivera going to do in 2023, beyond possibly extending Heinicke and m-a-y-b-e trying out Howell in a few controlled situations? Sorry, I don't see Heinicke as the long-term solution for Washington's QB needs -- his limitations are evident even as a game-manager QB, and can we realistically Washington to continue to rely on its defense, running game, and lucky breaks to amass a 10-7 or 11-6 record in 2023 and 2024? It seems to me, that we're enjoying a bit of a Cinderella story right now, but eventually midnight will come and than Rivera will need to decide how long he can satisfy fans with a pumpkin being drawn by mice. I don't think we'd see Cinderella Part II, in 2023. Okay, so in 2023, maybe Rivera can just commit to trying out Howell, big-time, but what happens if that doesn't work out? It might work out, but most decent NFL-level QBs were either high draft-picks, or late-blossoming veteran honed by years of experience. In 2023, Howell will be neither. Hopefully it'll turn out that Washington found a hidden gem in Howell, but historically the odds aren't good. So, what's the decision in 2023? Rely on Heinicke for might be a 8-8 season? ....toss Howell in to see what you get? ... or try to find another vet (Carr, Marriota, Garrapolo, etc) who might be able to quickly master Turner's complicated offense in time to fill the role of a playoff caliber QB? As for the 2023 draft. I'm not certain, but I don't see Washington being able to give up enough draft capital to land one of the top 2 QB prospects in the 2023 draft. And I'm not certain drafting another QB in the lower rounds (even the second round) will fill what Washington needs going forward. It will be interesting to see what Rivera & Co. do to handle this dilemma. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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