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Washington Commanders Coaching/Front Office Tracker: Ben Johnson is Washington’s “top target” for head coach

Tracking Washington’s Head Coach/Front Office search

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Josh Harris interviewed five candidates for the new head of football operations position over two days earlier this week at his house in Miami. It cam down to San Francisco 49ers AGM Adam Peters and Chicago Bears AGM Ian Cunningham. They both got second interviews that included three limited partners. Adam Peters was hired as the Washington Commanders new GM, and now he must focus on building his front office, and also searching for the team’s new head coach.

Washington has been conducting a head coaching search, and they have been linked to 8 candidates. There are currently 7 open head coaching jobs in the NFL. The Patriots created an additional opening when they moved on from Bill Belichick, but that was quickly filled by hiring his former inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo. The promotion was written in Mayo’s contract, so the Patriots didn’t have to conduct a normal search that included Rooney Rule requirements.

The rest of the openings will have to follow the NFL’s rules for hiring a new head coach. Teams can conduct virtual meetings with coaches, and Washington has held at least one of those with Ravens Associate HC/DL Coach Anthony Weaver. Teams can’t conduct in person interviews until January 22nd, so teams will have to wait to officially hire their new coach.

Stay tuned for the latest updates as they happen

Rumors and reported interest and interviews

Head Coach

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 - Virtual interview

Texans OC Bobby Slowik

Cowboys DC Dan Quinn


Head of Football Operations

49ers AGM Adam Peters - Hired as GM


Bengals OC Brian Callahan not linked to Washington:

Dan Quinn another name to watch in Washington:

Antonio Pierce is the favorite for the Raiders HC job:

Ben Johnson is Washington’s top target:

Ian Cunningham moves on after not getting Washington’s GM job:

Antonio Pierce has started taking interviews:

Washingtons first virtual head coach's interview: