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Harris will soon have to make his first hard decision as managing partner of the Commanders. And this decision will have greater stakes than what he has done as owner of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, simply because the NFL is an ever-present coiling, all-consuming leviathan in our society that only intensifies in strength and reach every year. It’s the league that just matters more. The stakes are even higher because Harris is the townie who’s from here. The next general manager in the front office and the next coach on the sideline might have great success or fail dramatically, but it’s Harris’s name that has been branded all over these new Commanders.
He doesn’t have to be so hands-on that he’s meddling in Ashburn affairs, but the Commanders’ next era will belong to Harris.
In a few weeks, however, we won’t have to imagine how Harris might behave at a crossroads. His first hard decision will reveal who he truly is as an owner. If Harris gets this right, maybe these good times don’t have to end so soon.
A thoughtful and thorough hiring process is officially in motion.
Working on a plan of attack beforehand enabled the Commanders to strike swiftly, making the entire league sit up and take notice.
Commanders taking swift action under Josh Harris
Adam Peters and others are spending time with Harris and the aforementioned duo during interviews today in Florida. More are upcoming in the days ahead. Expect appointments to the general manager and director of football operation positions very shortly. This timing is crucial if the Commanders want to land their preferred head coaching target.
Harris is under no illusions as to the size of the task awaiting him in Washington based on comments via Sports Illustrated. He knows how important getting these hires right is to the long and short-term future of the franchise. At the same time, the need to act with supreme conviction is there for all to see.
“This is a really important decision. It’s going to be a rapid but thorough process. Ideally, you would have the head of the front office in place before you ultimately select a coach because obviously, that’s important. We’re not in full control of the timeframe because what we’re ultimately trying to do is end up with the best people and the best people generally have alternatives.”
- Josh Harris via Sports Illustrated
There is a lot of hard work ahead for the Commanders. But fans can relax safe in the knowledge Harris and his team have gone above and beyond to devise a strategy and make Washington a coveted destination for almost any candidate. It’s been a long time since the team’s long-suffering support could say that.
Matt Barrows covers the 49ers for The Athletic and believes the time may be right for Peters to make the move, with the Commanders being his preferred destination.
“I think the fact that he’s meeting with the Washington group right now or on his way to do that suggests that he’s ready this year to make the move,” Barrows said Tuesday on “Grant and Danny” on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. “A lot of people I’ve talked to think that this is gonna happen, that he’s going to be the guy that the Commanders hire to be their next GM.”
One of the members of Washington’s advisory committee, Bob Myers — former Golden State Warriors GM — has a personal relationship with Peters. Peters also worked with current Washington GM Martin Mayhew for four seasons until Mayhew came to Washington in 2021.
Barrows discussed how John Lynch’s promotion this season from GM to president of football operations wasn’t in order to promote Peters and that if Peters wanted to run his own team, he would need to go elsewhere.
San Francisco 49ers Exec Adam Peters: Favorite As Next GM for Washington Commanders?
The 44-year-old Peters has also drawn interest from the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers for their vacant general manager position, as both teams have requested permission for an interview.
Washington, meanwhile, will continue to interview other candidates.
In addition to Peters, the Commanders met with Kansas City Chiefs assistant general manager Mike Borgonzi and Cleveland Browns assistant general manager Glenn Cook on Tuesday in Miami.
Washington will speak with a pair of other candidates Wednesday, bringing in Philadelphia Eagles assistant general manager Alec Halaby and Chicago Bears assistant general manager Ian Cunningham.
Further, Dallas Cowboys vice president of player personnel Will McClay has also been requested for an interview by Washington’s ownership.
Burgundy & Gold Report
6’7” 237 lbs | WR | FSU
Draft Proj 4th Rd
ASU Career Stats (8 games)- 18 rec 242 yds and 1 TD (13.5 avg)
FSU Career Stats (23 games)- 84 rec 1,514 yds and 7 TDs (18.0 avg)
2023 Stats (10 games)- 41 rec 617 yds and 2 TDs (15.0 avg)
In 2022 he played in 12 games and emerged as the Seminole’s top receiving threat, registering 43 receptions for 897 yards (20.9 yards per reception) and 5 touchdowns.
Wilson was named to the ‘22 2nd Team All-ACC and FSU Newcomer of the Year.
In 2023 Wilson played in 10 games recording 41 receptions for 617 yards and 2 TD with a 15.0 avg. Although it was a down year compared to ‘22, Wilson has the tools to be an ideal possession receiver and a red zone threat on the next level.
Wilson’s 36” arms and 10 1/4 inch hands, in addition to his reported 35.5” vertical should impress receiver needy teams heading in the NFL Draft.
The Seminoles receiver has been recorded hitting speeds of up to 21.23 mph during his time in Tallahassee. Add the appeal of his agility, athleticism and awareness when making difficult sideline receptions.
His ability to break tackles and create YAC as a field stretcher, make him an ideal offensive weapon that can be moved all around the filed. As a potential WR3, he also has the potential to be used as a flex tight end in sub-packages in the right system.
Although Wilson comes with flaws, if he runs a sub 4.5 second forty as expected during the NFL Combine he could be selected earlier than projected.
Podcasts & videos
Episode 737 - Guest: @BenStandig. Intel on & analysis of the #Commanders' revamping of football ops.— Al Galdi (@AlGaldi) January 10, 2024
- is Adam Peters the No. 1 target?
- roles of Bob Myers & Rick Spielman
- the likely structure
- Jim Harbaugh?
- Ben's great piece on Ron Rivera's downfallhttps://t.co/tlCE9cGnyM
John Keim talks with the PxP voice of the Commanders Bram Weinstein about the end of the Ron Rivera era and the search for new leadership in Washington
JP Finlay: 4 things to know about search for Commanders leadership
NFC East links
Blogging the Boys
Forcing Wink Martindale out, combined with other moves on the coaching staff, put the heat on Daboll entering Year 3
Daboll is the first Giants head coach since Tom Coughlin to last more than two years. That’s good. The Giants had to get off the two-years-and-change-head coaches treadmill. The bad news is that his coaching staff is undergoing a massive, and seemingly unusual, amount of turnover just one year after the staff was lauded for its work as the Giants made a surprising playoff run.
Strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald and running backs coach Jeff Nixon left for other opportunities. Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey and offensive line coach Bobby Johnson were fired on Black Monday. So, too, were Wink Martindale protégés Drew Wilkins and Kevin Wilkins, brothers who were the outside linebackers coach and assistant outside linebackers coaches, respectively.
Then, of course, the big shoe dropped Monday afternoon when it was reported that Martindale was going to resign.
Let’s be clear: This is the result that Daboll wanted to what was obviously a fractured relationship with his defensive coordinator. Despite Daboll saying on Monday that his “expectation” was that Martindale and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka would be back, it was always curious that Daboll said that was his plan while also admitting that he had not talked to either coordinator yet about their intentions for next season.
That’s easy to translate — Daboll wasn’t going to fire either of them. If they were going to leave, and Daboll is clearly OK with Martindale leaving, they were going to have to take the responsibility for that decision themselves.
Daboll then made what he wanted the defensive coordinator to do crystal clear by firing Martindale disciple Dean Wilkins, the outside linebackers coach Martindale brought with him from the Baltimore Ravens, and Wilkins’ brother, Kevin. You obviously don’t fire them if you are trying to coax Martindale into staying.
Something to note is that as of this writing, Martindale has not officially resigned. The expectation, of course, is that he will but it has not happened yet. Why?
This is simple. It’s about power. It’s about control. It’s about Martindale’s next move. Martindale is reportedly still under contract to the Giants for another year. That means the Giants, should they choose, can deny Martindale the opportunity to interview for other defensive coordinator jobs. Sorry, Eagles! Sorry, Commanders! The Giants can’t stop Martindale from interviewing for head coaching jobs, but they can stop him from interviewing for jobs that would be lateral moves.
So, it is clear at this point Daboll doesn’t want Martindale in the building at 1925 Giants Drive. Martindale’s leverage, though, is if he stays in the building for now he can perhaps negotiate his exit and gain at least some control over his ability to seek another defensive coordinator role for next season. Oh, and he can delay the Giants’ ability to start lining up and conducting interviews to replace him.
There has, to this point, been no word about Kafka’s intentions. Still, just because he hasn’t resigned yet, doesn’t mean he won’t. There has been some speculation that Daboll might want to take control of the offense next season, and he said Monday that internal conversations about that would be forthcoming.
Wink Martindale cursed out Brian Daboll before storming out of the building. https://t.co/2xEjiH7tZK— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) January 10, 2024