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Washington’s elimination gave Howell his first chance to start a game, and he lead the team to victory over the Dallas Cowboys. HC Ron Rivera and new OC Eric Bieniemy want to see Howell have that same success, while improving his game from his rookie year. Washington has a lot of new players in critical positions this year, both rookies and free agent signings. The offensive line has been an issue under Ron Rivera that has been getting worse every year, and they are looking to end that trend this year under new OL coach Travelle Wharton. The Commanders will have 4 new starters trying to protect Sam Howell this season, and all eyes will be on them when they take the field. FWIW: Only G Saahdiq Charles (calf) and TE Logan Thomas (calf) are unavailable tonight. Chris Paul will start for Charles, as he's been doing in camp. Starters expected to play a quarter, unless they have a really good series, or two, before the end of the quarter.
Washington Commanders vs Cleveland Browns Preseason Week 1: Schedule, TV, Radio, Online Streaming, Odds, and moreThe Washington Commanders open up their first preseason under new owner Josh Harris with a road game against the Cleveland Browns. Sam Howell will get the start tonight, and will likely get a quarter to give coaches and fans a preview of the season. Washington and Cleveland played in Week 17 last year in a critical game for their playoff hopes. Carson Wentz got the start that day and failed to win as expected.
Cleveland BrownsWhen: Friday, August 11, 2023Where: Cleveland Browns Stadium Time: 7:30 p. m. ETTV: WEWS-TV (Cleveland), NBC 4 (Washington)Channel finder: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, Cox, DIRECTV, Dish, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling. Live stream: fuboTV (free trial), NFL+Here’s a recent AP NFL story:ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Eric Bieniemy’s voice is one of the clearer ones on the practice field.
Bieniemy is following a path similar to Rivera, a retired linebacker who had to work for an offensive coach before getting a head job. If he can turn Howell, a 2022 fifth-round pick with one game of pro experience, into a reliable NFL starter, that may be enough to land one. But, first, Bieniemy has to get players to buy in to his brand of coaching that has apparently flustered some of them in camp. Rivera earlier this week let it slip that some players expressed concern over Bieniemy’s intense style — remarks the fourth-year Washington coach spoke to his offensive coordinator about and attempted to clarify a day later.
“Eric has an approach, and it’s the way he does things and he’s not going to change because he believes in it, ” Rivera said, contrasting that with himself and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. “Having been a head coach, I think Jack has a tendency to try and figure guys out a little bit more as opposed to, ‘Hey, this is it, this is the way it’s going to be’ — that type of stuff. Where Eric hasn’t had that experience yet. ”Bieniemy, 53, doesn’t shy away from his intensity, and his yelling at practice almost always is encouraging and constructive.
He’s trying to fix mistakes and form good habits before the football counts for real. “We all got to get uncomfortable to get comfortable, ” Bieniemy said. “There’s some new demands and expectations that I expect. I expect us to be the team that we’re supposed to be. It’s not going to be easy, and everybody isn’t going to like the process. But when it’s all said and done with, my job is to make sure that we’re doing it the right way. ”Even if some players wondered about how Bieniemy was going about that process, many have embraced it.
“E. does a great job of just coaching the details, ” second-year running back Brian Robinson Jr. said. “He also does a great job of just making sure guys don’t go without knowing their assignments. That’s been great for us to just help us learn. ”There’s a lot of learning to do. Bieniemy brought an entirely different system to Washington, one with new verbiage and more of the run-pass options that have become a feature of modern offenses. From Howell and veteran backup Jacoby Brisett to top receiver Terry McLaurin and a remade offensive line, it’s a lot to pick up and memorize on the fly. Bieniemy gets fired up talking about young players figuring it out along the way, and he’s doing his best to help them.
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