Sep 24, 2023; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell (14) and quarterback Jacoby Brissett (12) on the field before the game against the Buffalo Bills at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

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Commanders, Ron Rivera waiting another day to name starting QB

Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera plans to identify a starting quarterback for Week 18 on Wednesday.

With the franchise in the grips of a seven-game losing streak, Rivera grasps this decision for Washington (4-12) in the season finale against the Dallas Cowboys could also be his last game as Commanders head coach.

“Well, I’d like to think we’re in a better place,” Rivera said Tuesday when asked if the franchise is better off than when he was hired Jan. 2, 2020. “Probably a fairer way to say it. I most certainly do appreciate my time here, and we’ll see what happens. And again, we’ll focus on what’s coming first on Sunday, and that’s getting ready for Dallas.”

Jacoby Brissett was named starter for Week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers, but Sam Howell got the call on gameday because Brissett aggravated a hamstring injury and was inactive.

The Cowboys (11-5) beat the Commanders 45-10 on Thanksgiving Day and can claim the NFC East division title by sweeping Washington.

Howell made his first career start against the Cowboys in Week 18 last season and led the Commanders to a 26-6 win.

Howell has 20 touchdowns, a league-worst 19 interceptions and has been sacked a league-high 61 times this season.

Brissett has three touchdowns and no interceptions, completing 18 of his 23 pass attempts this season.

–Field Level Media

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