5 bonafide leaders the Commanders could add to head coaching shortlist

The Commanders are looking for a leader to take the franchise forward.

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Commanders could hire Jim Harbaugh

After guiding Michigan to a college football national championship, Jim Harbaugh is again dipping his toe into NFL waters. The proven winner has already spoken to the Los Angeles Chargers and Atlanta Falcons about their head coaching vacancies. Others might also throw their hat into the ring before he decides on his future. The Wolverines will also move heaven and earth to keep him around.

Could the Washington Commanders also put in an interview request? Nobody could say with any guarantee, but it wouldn't be the worst idea in the world by any stretch of the imagination.

Harbaugh is a culture builder. He's a winner. He portrays an 'us against the world' mentality that players respond to positively. There aren't many who can boast legitimate achievements in college and the pros - the two are vastly different - but his ability to adjust to ever-changing times across the football landscape deserves an untold amount of credit.

It's no surprise to see NFL teams looking to tempt him back. Harbaugh's reached the college football pinnacle after falling short previously. Considering his current relationship with the NCAA, there might not be a better time to depart and go for a Super Bowl.

The Commanders would need to convince Harbaugh this is a project worth joining. It looks like that might be the case with Adam Peters leading the football operations. This is also the bonafide leader the new general manager is looking for.

Unlikely? Sure. But launching a late bid for Harbaugh shouldn't be ruled out entirely.