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 came 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.
Teams can conduct virtual meetings with coaches, and Washington has held two of those with Ravens Associate HC/DL Coach Anthony Weaver and DC Mike Macdonald. Teams can’t conduct in person interviews until January 22nd, so teams will have to wait to officially hire their new coach. Cowboys DC Dan Quinn saw his stock drop after the Packers embarrassed his defense, and eliminated them from the playoffs. He has an interview scheduled with Washington on Thursday.
The Los Angeles Rams were eliminated by the Detroit Lions, losing 24-23. Rams DC Raheem Morris has a virtual interview scheduled with Washington this week. Lions OC Ben Johnson is still in the playoffs, but he’s also in high demand for teams looking for head coaches. Johnson has an interview scheduled with Washington on Friday.
Stay tuned for the latest updates as they happen
Rumors and reported interest and interviews
Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh
Lions OC Ben Johnson - Virtual interview scheduled for Friday (1/19)
Lions DC Aaron Glenn
Rams DC Raheem Morris - Virtual interview scheduled for Thursday (1/18)
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 - Virtual interview scheduled for Thursday (1/18)
Head of Football Operations
49ers AGM Adam Peters - Hired as GM, 5-year contract
Adam Peters didn’t take any other GM interviews:
New Commanders GM Adam Peters (2:08 mark): "I didn't even take any other interviews and that was a testament to how great I felt about here." https://t.co/zJDDkSAEg4— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) January 17, 2024
Dan Graziano predicts Ben Johnson gets Washington’s HC job:
My prediction for the next Commanders coach: Ben Johnson. New Commanders owner Josh Harris already landed his top target for GM in Adam Peters. Many people around the league believe Harris has been focused on Johnson as his top choice for coach, though there are some who think Slowik and Macdonald are still possibilities.
Harris’ process so far has been thorough but not slow. I believe he really wants Johnson, and he and Peters are in position to make that happen — even if it’s just about getting an agreement in place that can’t be finalized until after the Lions’ season ends.
Jim Harbaugh's NFL tour continues:
We have interviewed Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh for our head coach opening— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) January 17, 2024
Raheem Morris's interview scheduled for Thursday:
Rams DC Raheem Morris is scheduled to interview with the Commanders this Thursday, per source.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) January 17, 2024
Cowboys DC Dan Quinn also slated for a video conference interview on Thursday.
Lions OC Ben Johnson’s virtual interview happens Friday:
Lions OC Ben Johnson has a virtual interview with the Commanders on Friday, per source.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 16, 2024
Adam Peters signed his contract with Washington yesterday, so he didn't take part in the virtual HC interviews last week. But he'll be at the center of them going forward.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 16, 2024
Washington will have a virtual interview with Rams DC Raheem Morris this week:
Rams’ defensive coordinator Raheem Morris is scheduled to have zoom interviews this week, so far, with the Panthers, Commanders and Seahawks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 16, 2024
Bill Belichick’s first interview is with the Atlanta Falcons:
We have interviewed Bill Belichick for our head coach opening— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) January 16, 2024
Adam Peters and family get a snowy welcome to the DMV:
snow place like the DMV ❄️ pic.twitter.com/JmxYs3BMrX— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) January 16, 2024
Washington officially announces the Peters signing:
Adam Peters will sign a 5-year deal early this week:
New #Commanders general manager Adam Peters is signing a five-year deal with the franchise, likely early this week, per sources. Peters will be official and expected to jump right into the coaching search.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 15, 2024
Cowboys DC Dan Quinn will interview with Washington on Thursday:
Source: Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will interview for the Panthers and Titans jobs on Wednesday, the Commanders job on Thursday, and the Chargers job on Friday. Those will all be over Zoom.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 15, 2024