The Washington Commanders made it official on Friday and have named Sam Howell their starting quarterback for the 2023 season.
Head coach Ron Rivera said Howell’s camp was exactly what they were looking for and that the job was Howell’s to lose.
With that announcement, Howell will become the seventh different opening day starting quarterback for the franchise over the past seven years.
He follows in the footsteps of previous starters Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith, Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins, Taylor Heinicke and Carson Wentz.
If that seems like a lot of different opening day starting quarterbacks, it’s because it is, and it is not typically something that we see in the NFL. The Indianapolis Colts are going through an identical run this season after naming rookie Anthony Richardson their starter, while there have only been three other teams in the Super Bowl era to go through such a run.