3 candidates the Commanders must turn to after Ben Johnson snub

Ben Johnson will not be the Commanders head coach.

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What head coaching candidates must the Washington Commanders turn to after Ben Johnson opted to remain with the Detroit Lions?

It looked for a long time as if Ben Johnson was a shoo-in to become the next Washington Commanders' head coach. He looked ready to make the jump after another outstanding season calling offensive plays. This was an exciting project being offered. Other potential suitors pulled out of the running in quick succession.

This is the NFL, where nothing is guaranteed.

Johnson dropped an absolute bombshell by confirming to the Commanders and Seattle Seahawks that he was planning to remain with the Detroit Lions. He wants to see out the project with Dan Campbell. He wants to win a Super Bowl after coming agonizingly close to an NFC Championship triumph this season. It is a body blow for Washington's new regime, who'd targeted the offensive coordinator heavily throughout the offseason.

The Commanders must now pivot, and quickly. With this in mind, here are three candidates Josh Harris' brain trust needs to make their top priority.

Commanders could hire Mike Vrabel

This is a little out of left-field considering Mike Vrabel hasn't had an interview with the Washington Commanders as yet. Now that Ben Johnson is out of the running, it might be a good time to regroup and seek alternative options.

Vrabel is a bonafide leader of men. He did a good job with the Tennessee Titans before things tailed off slightly over the last two seasons. He'd legitimize the Commanders' project as they look to become an NFL powerhouse once again.

There's a lot of merit in bringing Vrabel's name into the equation. But with pre-draft assessment events already underway, time is of the essence.

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