The Washington Commanders season has finally ended, and they were the second-worst team in the NFL this season. That dubious distinction also hands them the #2 overall pick in this year’s draft. That’s a great asset for the next administration to work with to rebuild the team, but it was also one more nail in Head Coach Ron Rivera’s coffin.
Rivera was hired on January 1, 2020 when the team was still named the Washington Redskins. Dan Snyder was getting negative publicity, and economic pressure from multiple fronts, and he need a respected figure to step in to take over the team, and take on all of those questions he was never going to answer. Rivera was fired by the Carolina Panthers after losing to the Redskins, and he was quickly made the head football man in Washington. Snyder wanted a coach-centric organizational model, and Rivera was interested in running the show his way.
Four years, and two team names later, Washington won the division and made the playoffs once, and never had a winning record under Rivera. This year’s team had no Pro Bowlers on it, and they lost 8 straight games to finish a miserable season. Rivera’s firing was long overdue, and finally happened yesterday. Managing partner Josh Harris spoke to the media and outlined his plans for the search for a new general manager and head coach to lead this team into the future.
Josh Harris has interviewed five candidates for the new head of football operations position over the last two days at his house in Miami. An announcement is expected soon, and San Francisco 49ers AGM Adam Peters is considered the favorite to get the job. Washington is also conducting a head coaching search, and they have been linked to 8 candidates. One coach that was loosely linked to Washington was Bill Belichick. He is done with the New England Patriots and still wants to coach. Multiple reporters have said Washington has no interest in hiring him, but the speculation will continue until he gets another job, or Washington hires their new coach.
The Commanders' search committee for a new head coach and head of football operations will include owner Josh Harris; limited partners Mitch Rales, Magic Johnson and David Blitzer; former Warriors GM Bob Myers; and former Vikings GM Rick Spielman.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 8, 2024
Stay tuned for the latest updates as they happen
Rumors and reported interest and interviews
Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh
Lions OC Ben Johnson
Lions DC Aaron Glenn
Rams DC Raheem Morris
Ravens Assoc. HC/DL Coach Anthony Weaver - Virtual interview (1/11)
Ravens DC Mike MacDonald
Texans OC Bobby Slowik
Cowboys DC Dan Quinn
Head of Football Operations
49ers AGM Adam Peters - Interviewed with Washington on Wednesday(1/9); Finalist
Bears AGM Ian Cunningham - Interviewing with Washington Tuesday(1/10); Finalist
Browns AGM Glenn Cook - Interviewed with Washington on Wednesday(1/9)
Chiefs AGM Mike Borgonzi - Interviewed with Washington on Wednesday(1/9)
49ers AGM Adam Peters - Interviewed with Washington on Wednesday(1/9)
Eagles AGM Alec Halaby - Interviewing at Josh Harris’ house Tuesday(1/10)
Cowboys VP of Player Personnel Will McClay
Washingtons first virtual head coach's interview:
Commanders have started virtual interviews with head-coaching candidates. Ravens assistant head coach/defensive line Anthony Weaver was set to have his today, per source.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 11, 2024
Three limited partners will be involved in the finalists’ second interviews:
The Commanders' second interviews with 49ers assistant GM Adam Peters and Bears GM Ian Cunningham will include limited partners Mitch Rales, Magic Johnson and David Blitzer, per sources.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 11, 2024
Adam Peters and Ian Cunningham named as expected finalists:
Sources: #Commanders managing partner Josh Harris is moving rapidly and thoroughly through the process to hire a new head of football operation.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2024
Expected finalists include #49ers assistant GM Adam Peters and #Bears assistant GM Ian Cunningham. Two of the top young personnel…
The Commanders are moving quickly in their search for a head of football operations and have narrowed it to two candidates: 49ers assistant GM Adam Peters and Bears assistant GM Ian Cunningham, per sources.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 11, 2024
The first round was completed yesterday.
Washington has no interest in Bill Belichick:
As an FYI: based on multiple conversations it does not appear the Commanders’ position on pursuing Bill Belichick has changed. Myself and some others have been told a few times there was no interest— John Keim (@john_keim) January 11, 2024
Checked in yet again and sources I've spoken to have reaffirmed the Commanders are not expected to pursue Bill Belichick— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) January 11, 2024
As Josh Harris and the Commanders search team continue to work on the new operation, source tells me that Bill Belichick now truly available doesn’t change things. He’s not expected to be in Commanders plans.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) January 11, 2024
Reinforcing previous thoughts on Bill Belichick and the Commanders. The team is not expected to pursue the ex-Patriots' head coach, per source.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) January 11, 2024
Belichick to Commanders. Not gonna happen. Been told by several in the organization as others have , thanks but not thanks. Not in their MO— Chick Hernandez (@MrChickSports) January 11, 2024
Bill Belichick is available and the Patriots need a new head coach:
Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are expected to part ways today after a remarkable 24 seasons together, ending an unmatched run in NFL history that included six Super Bowl titles, league sources tell me and @MikeReiss. pic.twitter.com/IcibaPpA4S— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 11, 2024