UNC Football: Sam Howell benched by Washington Commanders

The last few weeks haven't gone well for the former UNC football star, as his struggles have led to a quarterback change in Washington.
Washington Commanders v New York Jets
Washington Commanders v New York Jets / Rich Schultz/GettyImages

It's been a rough couple of weeks for Sam Howell and the Washington Commanders as they've lost six consecutive games and haven't been in the win column since November 5.

The former UNC football star has struggled in that stretch, as he's statiscally been one of the worst quarterbacks in all of the NFL over that span.

Over the last two weeks, Howell has been benched in-game in favor of veteran Jacoby Brissett, who led the Commanders back from a 20-point deficit against the New York Jets this past weekend. Although the Commanders fell short in their pursuit of a comeback win, head coach Ron Rivera has elected to name Brissett the starter for this weekend's contest against the San Francisco 49ers.

Although its been a disappointing stretch for Howell, this doesn't mean that he doesn't have a future in Washington. The organization's problems run much deeper than the quarterback position, as the franchise is expected to make major changes this offseason.

Along those lines, Rivera isn't expected back, so Howell will likely be working with a new coaching regime for the 2024 season. The organization will also look to build around Howell, as ownership has stated on various occasions that they believe the former Tar Heel is still their guy.

Howell had his moments during his first season as an NFL starter, as he was statistically one the best quarterbacks in the league through the first half of the regular season. The hope is that he'll be able to rebound and improve to help this franchise take a step in the right direction moving forward.

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