4 head coaching candidates the Commanders should avoid in 2024

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Commanders should avoid Bill Belichick

  • Head Coach | New England Patriots

Bill Belichick is not like the other names on this list. He's one of the NFL's greatest-ever head coaches. He's won multiple Super Bowls. He commands respect and is revered around the league.

So what's the problem?

Belichick is 71 years old. His powers are on the decline without legendary signal-caller Tom Brady. His methods are no longer having the desired effect on the new generation. He's likely to want full control of roster personnel decisions.

All these factors should put the Washington Commanders off - even if they don't have to navigate a trade with the New England Patriots. This would be a huge splash, there's no doubt about that. But if Belichick's best days are behind him, this will set the franchise back years.

Go younger. Allow the head coach and general manager to form a close bond. To work as a cohesive unit as the Commanders mold a roster capable of improvements. The time for one man having absolute power is over.

Belichick brings an unrivaled résumé to the table. There are also risks to his appointment that weren't evident previously. These red flags should be enough for the Commanders to examine other candidates.

It'll be interesting to see which direction the Commanders go with this critical alteration. It's a more attractive destination than at any stage over the last 20 years. Making the most of this newfound momentum off the field represents the biggest challenge.