The season isn’t over but it’s getting close

Three straight losses can make any fandom believe the sky is falling. 1-3 is not far off from 2-2, yet how the Commanders got there makes it feel as if the one win is a fluke. The silver lining for Washington is that this is only the season's first quarter. And plenty of games to make up ground, especially against easier teams on paper.

But that’s the problem, it’s all on paper.

How much do we really believe Washington will be the better team on the field?

Next 4 opponents:

Titans (2-2)

@ Bears (2-2)

Packers (3-1)

@ Colts (1-2-1)

I honestly believe this current Commanders team could go 1-3, if not winless in the next 4 game slate. This is not because WSH has the worst team on paper. But it seems the first four games, the coaches can’t come up with a winning game plan. It is infuriating given how many drafts and free agent capital was invested over three to five years and yet WSH starts the season at the bottom of the division.

To compound matters, there has been plenty of finger-pointing from the coaches. Considering this is a team in Year 3 of their 5-year plan*, the coaches should know what the player's strengths and weaknesses are. As much as Rivera is frustrated by injuries, every team has them. Every team has either a couple of players on IR and/or some are lost for a season. But it seems for Washington, the problems won’t be easily solved if everyone returns from injury.

But despite the feeling of gloom, Washington’s season is not over. A 2-2 or 3-1 run would put the Commanders back on track for the postseason. But two straight losses to the Titans and Bears would put Rivera on top of the leaderboard for the first fired head coach of the year. 1-6 and WSH might as well trot out Heinicke and Howell to finish the season.

Rivera has been given the keys to making practically every move on how he wants to build the team, even input on the franchise’s new identity. Now he has to deliver the results. *-There's a communist joke somewhere in there. XD