4 head coaching candidates the Commanders should avoid in 2024

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Commanders should avoid Brian Johnson

  • Offensive Coordinator | Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have become a head coaching pipeline in recent years. This is a testament to the consistent success and forward thinking within the organization. Something the Washington Commanders are desperately seeking as part of ambitious plans for a more profitable future under Josh Harris' ownership group.

Although the temptation would be to continue this trend by examining the credentials of Eagles offensive coordinator Brian Johnson, the Commanders should think twice. Bringing him for an interview wouldn't hurt, but handing him the keys to the kingdom represents a gamble of epic proportions.

Johnson's play-calling has come in for criticism of late. The Eagles' offense has regressed since Shane Steichen departed to become Indianapolis Colts head coach. Their current scheme lacks the same conviction. Considering the playing personnel is the same, it's a coaching issue.

There's every chance Johnson will become an NFL head coach at some stage. However, the 2024 cycle is too soon for the respected offensive mind to get one of the league's top jobs.

One thing that cannot be disputed where Johnson is concerned surrounds his ability to develop young quarterbacks. That alone should ensure consideration for the role whether the Commanders move forward with Sam Howell or not.

But when push comes to shove, there are better candidates right now.