Commanders could hire Kiel McDonald
- Running Backs Coach | USC Trojans
Kiel McDonald has the same relationship with Kliff Kingsbury that Zach Hanson has. He worked with him last year when both were on Lincoln Riley’s staff at USC.
McDonald may have been the only offensive coach who was spared the wrath of the fanbase during a down season. His charges, MarShawn Lloyd and Austin Jones combined for almost 1,300 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on a 6.5 yards-per-carry clip while sharing the backfield responsibilities. Both should be on rosters in the NFL next season.
The coach's trajectory thus far has mirrored current Washington Commanders coach Randy Jordan’s early career almost identically. Both men put in about 10 years of coaching running backs at several different schools, consistently improving their units.
Jordan then leaped into the pros for Mike Shanahan’s final season. He has been in Washington ever since, arguably their most consistent coach over the past decade. He is only in his mid-50s and certainly could continue, but if Dan Quinn and Kingsbury want a near-total overhaul, they have a younger version of him waiting out on the West Coast.
As previously mentioned, the Commanders could stick with what they have. Retaining Jordan enables a sense of stability. There is also a previous relationship developed with Brian Robinson Jr. and Chris Rodriguez Jr. that holds a lot of weight.