Commanders could look to the Lions
- Head Coach: Ben Johnson
- General Manager: Ray Agnew
Ben Johnson is the man most teams looking for a new head coach will examine in great detail. The Detroit Lions offensive coordinator spurned multiple advances earlier this year to gain additional experience and see out his current project. This decision only increased the level of intrigue about what he might be capable of.
Johnson has the Lions' offense humming this season. He's done a fantastic job and looks to have the leadership credentials normally associated with NFL head coaches. His ability to galvanize quarterback Jared Goff continues to be a major positive.
The Washington Commanders should make an approach to interview Johnson, at the very least. They won't be the only team making considerable advances. But this looks like a more attractive destination than most with previous owner Dan Snyder no longer part of the equation.
If the Commanders end up hiring Ray Agnew as their general manager, it would enhance their chances of landing Johnson. The front office figure has been a key cog in Detroit's exceptional drafting and roster building in recent years. Something that finally saw them get over the hump and win the NFC North - their first divisional title since 1993.
An already-ripened partnership between Johnson and Agnew represents a tremendous piece of business for the Commanders in this scenario. It's an exciting time with every possible option being discussed. There's also a chance they could appoint separate general manager and head coaching candidates and allow a relationship to blossom.