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 yesterday and outlined his plans for the search for a new general manager and head coach to lead this team into the future.
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
Ravens DC Mike MacDonald
Texans OC Bobby Slowik
Cowboys DC Dan Quinn
Head of Football Operations
Bears AGM Ian Cunningham - Interviewing with Washington today(1/10)
Browns AGM Glenn Cook - Interviewed with Washington on Tuesday(1/9)
Chiefs AGM Mike Borgonzi - Interviewed with Washington on Tuesday(1/9)
49ers AGM Adam Peters - Interviewed with Washington on Tuesday(1/9)
Eagles AGM Alec Halaby - Interviewing at Josh Harris’ house today(1/10)
Cowboys VP of Player Personnel Will McClay
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
Seattle Seahawks enter the head coach market:
Statement from Jody Allen - Chair, Seattle Seahawks pic.twitter.com/RNUZvF6Vgp— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) January 10, 2024
Washington will interview Ian Cunningham tomorrow
Bears assistant GM Ian Cunningham will interview with the Commanders on Wednesday, per source.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 9, 2024
Josh Harris is hosting more interviews at his house in Miami
CXN: Per sources, Browns asst. GM Glenn Cook is expected to interview today and Eagles asst. GM Alec Halaby is scheduled to interview Wednesday. The team is holding these interviews at Josh Harris's home in Miami.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 9, 2024
Cunningham is NOT today. Still TBD.
Washington will interview Adam Peters tonight
49ers ass't GM Adam Peters will interview for the Commanders head of football ops job tonight in Miami, per sources. The Raiders and Chargers also requested permission to interview Peters for their GM jobs, I'm told.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 9, 2024
Peters will meet with Josh Harris, Bob Myers & Rick Spielman.
Washington contacted Cowboys VP of Player Personnel Will McClay
The Panthers have put in a request to interview Cowboys VP of player personnel Will McClay for their GM job, and the Commanders have touched base with him on their head of football ops job, sources said.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 9, 2024
McClay’s been content in Dallas, but is mulling these opportunities.
Dan Quinn will take interview for head coach
As @AlbertBreer noted Dallas DC Dan Quinn will take the interview with Washington, source confirms. Not sure when yet. Washington looking at a wide range of coaches; more defensive coaches than offensive ones so far on the list.— John Keim (@john_keim) January 9, 2024
Washington has its first interview scheduled for today
The #Commanders begin their search for a high-ranking football executive today, interviewing #Chiefs assistant GM Mike Borgonzi, source said. He’s been a top lieutenant for GM Brett Veach during their run.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 9, 2024