Four weeks ago, we asked in our Reacts survey what Hogs Haven readers wanted to do at the quarterback position, and 97% of those responding to the survey said that the team should build around Sam Howell.
Quite a lot has happened in the intervening 4 weeks. Washington lost 4 more games. Sam Howell’s passing production tailed off, including three consecutive games in which he threw an interception returned for a touchdown. Sam Howell was benched in favor of backup Jacoby Brissett in the 4th quarter of last week’s loss to the Rams on the west coast. And Washington’s draft position improved dramatically, with the team currently positioned 4th overall in the 2024 draft — though, with three games remaining, a lot can happen to change that draft position.
With Sam’s star shining a little less brightly, and the draft position making the prospect of drafting a top-tier quarterback much more achievable, it seemed like a good time to take the temperature of the fan base again.
We asked, this week, if Hogs Haven members still prefer to build around Sam Howell, or whether they now prefer to draft a top-tier QB and then build around that rookie signal caller.
The landscape has shifted a bit from a month ago, yet nearly 7 out of 10 survey respondents say that Sam is still the man.
Of course, that means that around 30% of respondents feel that the opportunity to have a top-5 draft pick (something no team wants to have often) is one that a new GM shouldn’t ignore just to stick with a quarterback that he or she didn’t draft.
There is a stronger consensus against the idea of signing a veteran free agent as the 2024 QB 1. As was true in our recent poll on Washington’s next head coach, Hogs Haven readers have a strong bias against experience. Only 15% of respondents in last week’s poll wanted a candidate to replace Ron Rivera who had previous head coaching experience, and this week, only 18% are in favor of signing a new starting quarterback with previous NFL experience.
Washington fans have finally gotten a new owner after decades of embarrassment and frustration, and now the majority want to move forward into the next era of Washington football with a new front office, a young and energetic offensive-minded head coach, and a young quarterback.
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