Managing partner Josh Harris introduced Adam Peters as the Washington Commanders new GM on Tuesday, January 9th, and now the focus is 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 he is now in control of the process to rebuild this franchise.
Washington has been conducting a head coaching search that began in early January, and they have been linked to 8 candidates. There are currently 2 open head coaching jobs in the NFL. Teams can now conduct in-person interviews with coaches, and Washington has developed a comprehensive list of candidates. They had online interviews with Ravens Associate HC/DL Coach Anthony Weaver and DC Mike Macdonald before Peters was hired.
The Washington Commanders also interviewed their OC, Eric Bieniemy, along with Cowboys DC Dan Quinn, Rams DC Raheem Morris, Lions OC Ben Johnson, and Texans OC Bobby Slowik last week. Teams can conduct in-person interviews this week for coaches no longer in the playoffs. Washington will have to wait until after Sunday’s Conference Championship games to get second interviews with Lions OC Ben Johnson, Lions DC Aaron Glenn, Ravens DC Mike Macdonald, and Ravens Assoc. HC/DL Coach Anthony Weaver. Washington is planning to meet with Johnson and Glenn Monday.
Houston Texans OC Bobby Slowik had his first in-person interview with the Washington Commanders this week. Dallas Cowboys DC Dan Quinn also has his first in-person interview scheduled with the team. His meeting was originally schedule for this week, but was rescheduled.
Ben Johnson has been considered the favorite to become the Washington Commanders next head coach for weeks. Those odds have gone up as 6 of the 8 head coaching jobs have been filled. Adam Schefter’s sources say there are other strong candidates that Washington is considering. While there have been many reports that Ben Johnson is the “presumptive favorite”, Schefter’s sources say that’s not true.
The Commanders are waiting to hold second interviews with Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald and assistant head coach/defensive line coach Anthony Weaver, as well as Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, league sources told ESPN.
There are some who have viewed Johnson as the “presumptive favorite” for the Washington job, but multiple sources insist that is not true. While Johnson could land the Commanders head-coaching job, sources insist that there are other strong candidates — most notably Macdonald, Weaver, Glenn and Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn — who remain “very much in play.”
Quinn also is scheduled to interview a second time with the Commanders, according to sources.
Stay tuned for the latest updates as they happen
Rumors and reported interest and interviews
Lions OC Ben Johnson - Virtual interview (1/19), in-person interview scheduled next week
Lions DC Aaron Glenn - Virtual interview (1/20), in-person interview scheduled next week
Rams DC Raheem Morris - Virtual interview (1/18), Hired by the Atlanta Falcons
Ravens Assoc. HC/DL Coach Anthony Weaver - Virtual interview (1/11), in-person interview scheduled next week
Ravens DC Mike Macdonald - Virtual interview, in-person interview scheduled next week
Texans OC Bobby Slowik - Virtual interview scheduled (1/21), In-person interview (1/23)
Cowboys DC Dan Quinn - Virtual interview (1/18); in-person interview scheduled
Commanders OC Eric Bieniemy - Interviewed two weeks ago
NFL Head Coach openings
NFL Head Coach hirings
Atlanta Falcons - Hired Rams DC Raheem Morris
Carolina Panthers - Hired Buccaneers OC Dave Canales
Las Vegas Raiders - Hired interim HC Antonio Pierce
Los Angeles Chargers - Hired Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh
New England Patriots - Promoted LBs coach Jerod Mayo
Tennessee Titans - Hired Bengals OC Brian Callahan
Head of Football Operations
49ers AGM Adam Peters - Hired as GM, 5-year contract
Adam Schefter doubles down on other candidates being in contention besides Ben Johnson:
"I'm not convinced yet that Ben Johnson is getting the Commanders job..— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 29, 2024
People think Ben Johnson is going to Washington and Dan Quinn is going to Seattle..
I will bet you at a minimum that one of those isn't right and maybe both" ~ @AdamSchefter #PMSLive pic.twitter.com/ZZwyqNaKyF
Washington has interview scheduled with Mike Macdonald on Monday:
Ravens’ defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald is scheduled to meet Monday night with Commanders’ owner Josh Harris, general manager Adam Peters and other Washington leadership, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 29, 2024
Adam Peters will be busy on Tuesday:
Washington has five interviews set for this week (Weaver, Macdonald, Quinn, Glenn and Johnson). Based on what I’ve gathered, those should be wrapped up Tuesday night. Should be. No guarantee. Then will depend on if their guy is still in postseason or not.— John Keim (@john_keim) January 28, 2024
The Commanders will interview Ben Johnson in Detroit on Tuesday, per source.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 28, 2024
Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will interview with the Commanders in DC on Tuesday, per source.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 28, 2024
Ron Rivera as the Cowboys new DC?:
The Insiders on @NFLGameDay: Kliff Kingsbury is likely to be an OC in the NFL in 2024; The #Ravens coaching staff is in demand this coaching cycle; If Dan Quinn gets a head coaching job, could Ron Rivera replace him with the #Cowboys? pic.twitter.com/neYoudGk4H— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 28, 2024
The Seahawks have to wait to interview Ravens DC Mike Macdonald if they win:
The #Seahawks plan to interview #Ravens DC Mike Macdonald for HC this week if Baltimore loses, sources say. If the Ravens win, Seattle has to wait. And SEA seems willing to do so -- a la Shane Steichen last year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 28, 2024
This and more in my coaching notebook: https://t.co/Vlf8tKuinC
Washington doesn’t have a clear favorite:
The Commanders and Seahawks, the only two teams with head-coaching vacancies, are eyeing coaching candidates from the Ravens and Lions:https://t.co/pcHIIrFZUR— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 28, 2024
The Eagles hire two new coordinators:
Another big assistant move in Philadelphia: Eagles are hiring former Chargers and Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore as their offensive coordinator, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 28, 2024
Eagles coordinators now will be Moore and Vic Fangio. pic.twitter.com/5i4qmVAEPB
Head-coaching term updates:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 27, 2024
Falcons gave head coach Raheem Morris a five-year contract.
Titans gave head coach Brian Callahan a five-year contract.
The Atlanta Falcons are hiring Rams DC Raheem Morris:
Falcons plan to hire Rams’ defensive coordinator Raheem Morris as their head coach, per sources. pic.twitter.com/qlz3PbgEtJ— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 25, 2024
Dan Quinn has another interview scheduled:
The #Commanders are expected to have their second, in-person interview with #Cowboys DC Dan Quinn early next week, source said. He's currently meeting with the #Seahawks for his second interview there.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 25, 2024
Ravens Assoc. HC/DL Coach Anthony Weaver interviewing with Washington next week; DC Mike Macdonald also expected to interview:
So next week as others have reported Washington expected to interview Ben Johnson and Aaron Glenn in Detroit. Also expected to interview Anthony Weaver per source. Would also anticipate them talking to Mike Macdonald. Talking to Raheem Morris/Bobby Slowik interviewing this week— John Keim (@john_keim) January 23, 2024
The Commanders brass is going to Detroit to interview Lions OC Ben Johnson and DC Aaron Glenn after their NFC Conference Championship game against the 49ers:
The #Commanders and #Falcons are both expected to send a contingent to Detroit next week to conduct second interviews with #Lions OC Ben Johnson and DC Aaron Glenn, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 23, 2024
No more interviews are permitted with coaches still in the playoffs until after Sunday's games.