Who could emerge as potential candidates to replace Washington Commanders general manager Martin Mayhew in 2024?
After another embarrassing defeat on home soil against one of the NFL's bottom-feeders and a divisional rival in the New York Giants, big changes are coming. It seems almost inevitable that Josh Harris' ownership group is going to completely reset the staffing infrastructure, with head coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio two figureheads under the microscope.
One person going relatively under the radar is general manager Martin Mayhew. The front office figure is almost an innocent bystander considering Rivera gets the final say on personnel decisions, so it might be worth Harris and his team of wealthy investors going down a more traditional route to success.
This all starts by appointing the general manager and allowing him to pick his next head coach. After that, attention will turn to building a competitive roster with an abundance of draft assets and enough salary-cap space to become an attractive destination if the right hires are made.
With this in mind, here are five potential candidates if the Commanders end up parting ways with Mayhew once the 2023 season concludes.
Commanders could hire Glenn Cook
- Assistant General Manager | Cleveland Browns
While the decision to give up the farm and a record-breaking contract to controversial quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Cleveland Browns have molded a roster capable of competing. Even without the signal-caller, they seem to be getting the job done, which is a testament to the depth at their disposal and cementing almost every position group with supreme efficiency.
Drafting well and spending money wisely - again, aside from the Watson situation - has been a notable hallmark in the Browns' success. This sort of profitable ethos could see someone like Glenn Cook enter the Washington Commanders' train of thought if Martin Mayhew is made surplus to requirements.
Cook is a leading figure behind the scenes in Cleveland. He has drawn interest from the Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings among others in recent years, so the Commanders should bring him in for an interview at the very least.