Alex Smith, the late Dwayne Haskins, Kyle Allen, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Garrett Gilbert, Taylor Heinicke, Carson Wentz and Howell have each taken starting snaps during Rivera’s tenure coaching Washington.
He’s no doubt hoping Howell will put a stop to the Commanders’ chaotic QB carousel.
Howell has just one start’s worth of experience under his belt, which came in Week 18 of last season.
Nonetheless, the North Carolina product followed up his official promotion to QB1 with a stellar showing. It might well have served as evidence enough that Rivera’s exhaustive odyssey to finding a starting quarterback who sticks has ended.
“You know my first three years, every year it was a conversation,” Rivera said. “Every year it was a point of discussion. Every year it was, ‘Well, what are we gonna do? How are we gonna do it?’ And then trying to figure out what resources could you use? You know, do we try to trade for this guy? I mean, the amount of work that was done two years ago, I mean, you spent a lot of time because you wanna get it right, you try to get it right and you know how important it is, especially in this league today.”
If nothing more, Howell has changed the outlook and provided optimism that the franchise has finally gotten it right.
“We feel very strongly,” Rivera said. “I know I do going into this season that we’ve got a guy.”