The Owner of Commanders Gets Honest About His ‘Long Journey’ to Success
The Washington Commanders are starting from scratch this season, as controversial owner Daniel Snyder is gone and a new group is in.
That new group is fronted by billionaire investor Josh Harris and NBA great Magic Johnson, so there is hope that the franchise’s decades of failure may soon be ended.
The Commanders are now 4-8, and making the playoffs this season seems unlikely, but they do have some components to build around, notably young starting quarterback Sam Howell.
According to Nicki Jhabvala, Harris stated that becoming more than a borderline playoff team will be “a long journey.”
Last season, Washington went 8-8-1 and missed the playoffs by one game, but Howell only played in and started the final game of the season.
This season, Howell, a fifth-round pick in the 2022 draft, leads the league in completed passes and passing yards, while also leading the league in interceptions thrown and sacks taken through Wednesday.
Snyder, the previous owner of the Commanders, was involved in a number of problems, including allegations of a hostile workplace climate and sexual misconduct.
In the NFL, rebuilding can take several years, and Harris and Johnson appear determined to returning the Commanders to the level of success and respect they had in the 1980s and early 1990s.
They have only made the playoffs six times in the last 30 years, in stark contrast to the three Super Bowl titles they won during their heyday.