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

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Commanders could hire Bobby Babich

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Appointing coordinators sometimes involves finding those hidden gems that are highly motivated to take advantage of the opportunity in front of them. While this isn't the most high-profile method, it would represent a nice change of pace for the Washington Commanders after spending big money on names that just couldn't get the job done during the ill-fated era of Dan Snyder.

Jack Del Rio also falls into this category. His reputation played a significant role in getting the job, but the last two seasons have been extremely disappointing when one considers the investment made across all three levels of Washington's unit via free agency and the draft.

A change of direction is needed - something that the new ownership regime also recognizes. He wouldn't be the first name on any list, but Bobby Babich is a worthy candidate to monitor nonetheless.

Babich has drawn rave reviews from players and coaches alike for his fine work in recent years. He has proven credentials working with linebackers and safeties, gaining valuable experience under defensive-minded head coach Sean McDermott to further enhance his reputation.

Matt Milano famously declared Babich the NFL's best coach, which is proof positive of the esteem in which he was held. This would be another trip into the unknown for the coach and the Commanders, but it might just provide the spark needed to inspire a talented yet underperforming group.