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.
One of Washington’s main candidates, the 17-year assistant joined Dallas in 2021. The Cowboys led the league in takeaways in that first year and 2022. The streak ended this season despite Daron Bland’s leading the league in interceptions two years after Diggs.
Stay tuned for the latest updates as they happen
Rumors and reported interest and interviews
Cowboys block Washington’s interview request:
The #Commanders put in a request to interview #Cowboys TEs coach Lunda Wells for their offensive line coach position under Dan Quinn, but Dallas blocked the request, sources say. Wells and DQ worked together for years.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 7, 2024
Washington requested to interview Giants Assistant Special Teams Coach Mike Adams for their DBs coach:
Washington Commanders have put in a request to interview #NYGiants assistant special teams coach Mike Adams for their DB coaching job, per sources.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) February 7, 2024
Adams, a 16-year NFL veteran and two-time Pro Bowl safety, is a New Jersey native like new HC Dan Quinn.
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Washington to interview Raiders defensive pass-game coordinator Jason Simmons:
#Raiders granted #Commanders permission to speak with defensive pass-game coordinator Jason Simmons, per source.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 5, 2024
Simmons worked closely with new coordinator Joe Whitt Jr. in Green Bay and is considered a prime candidate for a position on the defensive staff.
Magic Johnson helped land Kliff Kingsbury:
From Super Bowl Live with @TomPelissero from Radio Row: Breaking down the key injuries this week, how Magic Johnson stepped in and helped the #Commanders land Kliff Kingsbury and Ron Rivera interviews with the #Cowboys today. pic.twitter.com/8tg7QMKNbI— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 5, 2024
Joe Whitt Jr hired as new DC:
Joe Whitt Jr. is following Dan Quinn to Washington as the Commanders defensive coordinator. Whitt was the Cowboys secondary coach and passing game coordinator.— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) February 5, 2024
Offensive staff is being organized:
DQ and Kliff have already begun working on putting together a strong offensive staff in Washington, as well. https://t.co/X4VoGz2vJz— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) February 5, 2024
Kliff Kingsbury hired as new OC:
The @Commanders and @KliffKingsbury have agreed to terms on a 3-year deal to make the ex-Cardinals and Texas Tech coach their offensive coordinator, sources say. This was pretty far down the road yesterday, but Washington wanted to complete its process with other candidates.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 5, 2024
Ken Zampese goes to the Falcons:
Ken Zampese, the Commanders' senior offensive advisor/game management last season and their QBs coach from 2020-22, was hired as a senior offensive assistant for the Falcons.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) February 4, 2024
Washington's interest in Kingsbury:
Sources: Former #AZCardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury recently interviewed for the vacant #Commanders OC job under new coach Dan Quinn. There are still more interviews to do, but Kingsbury is considered a strong candidate. pic.twitter.com/NLvlJ4QpJM— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 3, 2024
Kliff Kingsbury withdraws from Raiders OC job:
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Washington Commanders Coaching Staff
Head Coach - Dan Quinn
Offensive Coordinator - Kliff Kingsbury
Defensive Coordinator - Joe Whitt Jr
Cowboys current coaching staff
Joe Whitt, secondary/Pass Game coordinator - Hired as Commanders DC
Al Harris, defensive backs coach
Aden Durde, defensive line coach
Sharrif Floyd, quality control/asst. D-line
Cannon Matthews, asst. defensive backs
Scott McCurley, linebackers coach
Pete Ohnegian, quality control/ defensive assistant
Eric Simonelli, quality control/analytics
Darian Thompson, quality control/asst. LB
Rayna Stewart, asst. special teams
Harold Nash, strength & conditioning coordinator
Cedric Smith, asst. strength & conditioning
Kendall Smith, asst. strength & conditioning