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Washington Commanders Coaching Tracker: Bobby Johnson hired as new OL coach

Tracking Washington’s assistant coach search

NFL: DEC 18 Giants at Commanders Photo by Lee Coleman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Managing partner Josh Harris introduced Adam Peters as the Washington Commanders new GM on Tuesday, January 9th, and he spent the rest of the month searching for his new head coach. That list was slimmed down to 4 candidates after the two youngest OCs on the list decided to stay with their current teams. Cowboys DC Dan Quinn has been hired as the Commanders next head coach, and he has assessed the previous coaching staff, and started to fill out his new staff. The offensive and defensive coordinator positions were filled yesterday by Kliff Kingsbury and Joe Whitt Jr respectively. And he’ll also have to decide if special teams coordinator Nate Kaczor can survive another change at head coach.

Quinn’s first reported hire for his coaching staff was former Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury for offensive coordinator. Kingsbury spent last season at USC, working with this year’s expected 1st overall pick, QB Caleb Williams. Washington is expected to draft a QB, and there are three currently in the discussion for their #2 overall pick. Kingsbury will have a highly drafted QB, and last year’s starter, Sam Howell, to work with in his first year with Washington. He is reportedly working on filling his staff, but no names have been reported.

Dan Quinn’s second hire was one that was reported as likely as soon as he was linked to the Washington job. Dallas Cowboys pass game coordinator/secondary coach Joe Whitt Jr. will follow Quinn to Washington, and run his defense here. Whitt was considered a candidate to replace Quinn in Dallas, but he chose to follow his boss. Dallas is reportedly interviewing former Commanders HC Ron Rivera for their open DC job.

Washington has been working to fill out their new coaching staff. They made several requests to the Dallas Cowboys after poaching two of their coaches. Dallas denied most of them, but did allow two of their defensive assistants to interview with Washington. The Commanders also made requests for assistants from the Raiders and Giants.

Washington reportedly made their first big hire under OC Kliff Kingsbury. The Commanders interviewed former Philadelphia Eagles OC Brian Johnson for their OC job, before going with Kingsbury. Johnson will still be joining Dan Quinn’s coach staff, but it will be in a “prominent offensive staff role” according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. There has been speculation that he will be the QB coach and possibly have the pass game coordinator title.

Washington also signed former Las Vegas Raiders defensive pass-game coordinator Jason Simmons to the same role with the Commanders. He will also be the DBs coach, and will work with ne DC Joe Whitt Jr. who had that same job with Dan Quinn on the Dallas Cowboys. Washington’s secondary was a mess last year, and the only coach fired along with DC Jack Del Rio during the season was DBs coach Brent Vieselmeyer.

It was reported on Friday afternoon that Washington has hired their new special teams coordinator, replacing Nate Kaczor who has been with the team since 2019. Larry Izzo has been the Seattle Seahawks ST Coordinator since 2018, and has had some highly rated teams over the last few years.

Several coaches are reportedly not coming back to Dan Quinn’s new coaching staff. Randy Jordan to the RB coaching job with the Tennessee Titans. Run game coordinator Juan Castillo, OL coach Travelle Wharton, and TEs coach Todd Storm are also not returning. Ryan Kerrigan is returning to help coach the LBs/DL. Washington also made a hire for OL coach, but it’s raised a lot of questions. Bobby Johnson was fired by the Giants on Black Monday after his team allowed the second-most sacks in NFL history(85). Washington interviewed Texans assistant OL coach Cole Popovich, but have reportedly hired Johnson.

Dan Quinn added some more coaches to the defense, and Kliff Kingsbury brought in a former assistant. Washington has reportedly hired senior offensive assistant John Pagano and LBs coach Ken Norton Jr. Quinn and Norton coached together for the Seattle Seahawks during their Super Bowl runs. Ryan Kerrigan is also being retained, and will work closely with Norton.

Kingsbury brought in David Raih to coach tight ends. He was Kingsbury’s WRs coach in Arizona(2019-20) and was senior offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year.

Stay tuned for the latest updates as they happen

Rumors and reported interest and interviews

Bobby Engram stays on as the WRs coach:

Sharrif Floyd follows Dan Quinn to Washington:

Washington hired Kliff Kingsbury's former WRs coach David Raih as TEs coach:

Ken Norton Jr hired to coach LBs:

John Pagano joining the defensive coaching staff:

Ryan Kerrigan is sticking around

Bobby Johnson hired as OL coach:

Randy Jordan joins the Titans:

Larry Izzo replaces Nate Kaczor as special teams coordinator:

Tavita Pritchard will stay as the QB coach:


Head of Football Operations

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Washington Commanders Coaching Staff

Head Coach - Dan Quinn

Offensive Coordinator - Kliff Kingsbury

Offensive assistant(Title unkown) - Brian Johnson

QB Coach - Tavita Pritchard

OL Coach - Bobby Johnson

WRs coach - Bobby Engram

TEs coach: David Raih

Defensive Coordinator - Joe Whitt Jr

DBs coach and Defensive Pass-game Coordinator - Jason Simmons

Senior defensive assistant - John Pagano

LBs coach - Ken Norton Jr

Assistant LBs/Pass Rush specialist - Ryan Kerrigan

Assistant DL coach - Sharrif Floyd

Special teams coordinator- Larry Izzo