Who could emerge as potential candidates to fill position coach roles with the Washington Commanders under Dan Quinn in 2024?
I won’t rehash the frustrating memories of all the staff members who served under Mike Shanahan when he coached the now-Washington Commanders. Barely 10 years ago, four men currently leading NFL franchises were mere position coaches here in DC. That’s right - position coaches. Not even coordinators.
If and when Houston Texans offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik gets a top spot, that number will rise to five.
Now that Dan Quinn has been hired and has found his offensive and defensive coordinators, the hard work of identifying and hiring those position coaches is in full swing. The experienced figure has been appropriately tight-lipped about the process. He may decide to retain one or two of the 2023 coaches.
It is being reported that Tavita Pritchard, the first-year quarterbacks coach who worked with Sam Howell and Jacoby Brissett last season - will be one of those staying on. I like that decision. Running backs coach Randy Jordan and safeties coach Richard Rodgers might also be candidates to remain.
Most of the coaches will be new. Washington has reportedly been turned down by the Dallas Cowboys in its attempt to interview a couple who've worked with Quin previously. To date, the only new hire below the level of coordinator has been Brian Johnson, who was largely scapegoated after taking over as Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator.
His position has not been announced, although many expect it to be passing game coordinator. Whatever the title, it means the Commanders will have Kliff Kingsbury, Brian Johnson, and Tavita Pritchard in-house. That bodes well for the development of a young quarterback.
But what about the other positions? Here are five names to keep your eye on as Quinn fills out his staff.