Managing partner Josh Harris introduced Adam Peters as the Washington Commanders new GM on Tuesday, and now they put their focus on finding their next head coach. There will also have to be a restructuring of the front office and scouting department. Peters comes in as a highly-regarded football executive, and now he gets the opportunity to rebuild this franchise.
Washington has been conducting a head coaching search, and they have been linked to 8 candidates. There are currently 6 open head coaching jobs in the NFL. Teams can conduct virtual meetings with coaches, and Washington has been adding more names to that list this week. They had interviews with Ravens Associate HC/DL Coach Anthony Weaver and DC Mike Macdonald before Peters was hired.
Washington interviewed Cowboys DC Dan Quinn and Rams DC Raheem Morris on Thursday, and Lions OC Ben Johnson on Friday. Texans OC Bobby Slowik is scheduled to have a virtual interview with Washington on Sunday, the day after his team visits the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs. Teams can’t conduct in person interviews until Monday, 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
Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh
Lions OC Ben Johnson - Virtual interview (1/19)
Lions DC Aaron Glenn - Virtual interview (1/20)
Rams DC Raheem Morris - Virtual interview (1/18)
Ravens Assoc. HC/DL Coach Anthony Weaver - Virtual interview (1/11)
Ravens DC Mike Macdonald - Virtual interview
Texans OC Bobby Slowik - Virtual interview scheduled (1/21)
Cowboys DC Dan Quinn - Virtual interview (1/18)
Commanders OC Eric Bieniemy- Interviewed last week
NFL Head Coach openings
Los Angeles Chargers
NFL Head Coach hirings
Las Vegas Raiders - Hired interim HC Antonio Pierce
New England Patriots - Promoted LBs coach Jerod Mayo
Head of Football Operations
49ers AGM Adam Peters - Hired as GM, 5-year contract
Lions OL coach Hank Fraley could be Ben Johnson’s choice for OC if he’s hired as head coach:
Lions OL coach Hank Fraley could follow OC Ben Johnson wherever he gets hired as HC and be his offensive coordinator. https://t.co/aOlLDhA321— COMMANDERS FOOTBALL (@HogsHaven) January 22, 2024
Washington has to wait until next week for 2nd interviews with coaches still in the playoffs:
Johnson, Lions DC Aaron Glenn and Ravens DC Mike Macdonald — all head-coaching candidates for the Commanders — cannot have second interviews with Washington until next Monday (Jan. 29). https://t.co/IEWwrlgHK4— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 22, 2024
Eric Bieniemy interviewed for head coaching last week:
The #Commanders interviewed assistant HC/OC Eric Bieniemy for their HC position this week, sources tell @BleacherReport.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) January 21, 2024
The meeting included owner Josh Harris, new GM Adam Peters and Bieniemy, who I’m told had an “excellent” and “highly detailed” approach. pic.twitter.com/jHE1UoZLJw
Lions DC Aaron Glenn’s interview with Washington:
Before their playoff game on Sunday, both #Lions coordinators will be busy:— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 20, 2024
— OC Ben Johnson has interviews with the #Falcons, #Seahawks, and #Chargers for their HC jobs.
— DC Aaron Glenn has interviews with the #Commanders and #Chargers for their HC jobs.
Bobby Slowik’s virtual interview with Washington scheduled for Sunday:
Texans OC Bobby Slowik plans to interview for the Falcons, Commanders and Seahawks jobs tomorrow, per source, with Houston set to play in Baltimore this afternoon.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 20, 2024
Slowik has already met with the Titans and Panthers.
Washington completed their virtual interview with Lions OC Ben Johnson:
Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson is interviewing for the Seahawks and Chargers jobs today, per source. Johnson met with the Panthers and Commanders yesterday.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 20, 2024
Jim Harbaugh gets a second interview with the Falcons:
The #Falcons are scheduling a second interview with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh for next week, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 19, 2024
So with Bill Belichick in Atlanta for more meetings today, the Falcons also want to continue the conversation with Harbaugh, who met in-person with them on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/bcAfwpjp53
Raiders hire interim HC Antonio Pierce:
Raiders are working to finalize a deal to hire Antonio Pierce as their head coach, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 19, 2024
Raiders made Pierce their interim HC on Halloween night and now are closing in on making it a full-time job. Players who campaigned for Pierce soon are expected to be happy. pic.twitter.com/OAJTur9ZJ0