5 dark horse candidates to replace Commanders DC Jack Del Rio in 2024

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What intriguing options could emerge as candidates to replace Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio in 2024?

After another defensive capitulation at the Seattle Seahawks, Jack Del Rio is living on borrowed time. The Washington Commanders aren't getting enough from their coordinator regarding schematic creativity, in-game adjustments, or simply reacting to what's going on around him more often than not.

This is hurting the Commanders in no uncertain terms. The offense continues to put up substantial numbers and points under Eric Bieniemy, which is only exposing the defensive side of things further en route to yet another subpar record in 2023.

Much will depend on whether head coach Ron Rivera survives - which does appear unlikely with Josh Harris' ownership group ready for change. This might see Del Rio also on the chopping block despite not having the benefit of Chase Young and Montez Sweat after the defensive end duo was traded before the deadline.

On this topic, we picked out five dark horse candidates to replace Del Rio when the inevitable occurs during or after the 2023 season.

Commanders could hire Mike Rutenberg

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If the Washington Commanders want to go with an up-and-coming coach as their next defensive coordinator, many enticing options are going under the radar. One such individual is Mike Rutenberg, who'd bring Robert Saleh's discipline and creative schematic concepts to a team that's been sorely lacking any sort of invention since Jack Del Rio took over.

It seems as if the game has passed Del Rio by. The same cannot be said of Rutenberg, who's gaining a glowing reputation around the league and has worked wonders with the likes of C.J. Moseley during his career renaissance.

Rutenberg also has some coordinator experience after working at the Senior Bowl. If the Commanders want a progressive mind ready for the next step in their development, this is an option to consider.