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2022 NFL Power Rankings: Washington Commanders

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Washington Football Team rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a post-Super Bowl 56 roundup for Washington in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 25

Offseason in three or fewer words: Another QB search

Washington has started 32 quarterbacks since it last won the Super Bowl after the 1991 season -- and eight passers in the past three years. While the Commanders like Taylor Heinicke as a high-end backup, they're definitely searching for "The Guy" this offseason. Since Kirk Cousins left after the 2017 season, Washington has the NFL's worst total QBR (36.7). In Ron Rivera's first two seasons as coach the team is 30th (35.3). Washington will pursue the big names who might be available, but it will be difficult to not only get teams to agree to a trade, but then to have quarterbacks such as Russell Wilson or Watson waive no-trade clauses to come here. -- John Keim

NFL.com -- Rank: 25

The pressure continues to build on the Commanders to find a viable long-term solution at quarterback -- Ron Rivera's job might hinge on it in 2022. Taylor Heinicke has established himself as a quality backup/bridge starter in the Ryan Fitzpatrick mold, but Washington needs a passer to build around. Three years removed from the Dwayne Haskins debacle, the Commanders could return to the first round of the draft to find a solution (they pick 11th) -- but the perceived weakness of this QB class further complicates matters. Could veterans potentially on the trade block (see: Jimmy Garoppolo, Carson Wentz, Baker Mayfield) improve matters? Meh. Quarterback is a big problem in D.C. with no clear solution.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 25

They have to find a quarterback this offseason, and they will. But does it come from the draft or is it a veteran acquired in a trade?

USA Today -- Rank: 24

New name ... which no one outside the organization seems to like. New crest ... which is, well, terrible. New investigation ... yep. How it started, how it's going -- blah, blah -- pretty much running all together.

The Athletic -- Rank: 24

Washington's 2021 season was a failure for two reasons. First, a much-hyped defensive line couldn't live up to expectations (losing Chase Young to an ACL injury in mid-November didn't help); and second, the quarterback plan didn't work. Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a devastating hip injury in Week 1, and though Taylor Heinicke had some nice moments, the Commanders undoubtedly need an upgrade in 2022 if they want to push the Cowboys for the NFC East title.

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