Commanders deep dive: Assessing the new coaching staff under Dan Quinn

How is the new Commanders coaching staff shaping up?
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Tavita Pritchard - Commanders QBs coach

  • Previous job: The same

Tavita Pritchard came to the Washington Commanders last season after spending his entire career at Stanford University. He played quarterback, then coached quarterbacks, and eventually served as their offensive coordinator. He is one of the few holdovers from Ron Rivera’s staff.

Green flag: Pritchard did an excellent job getting Sam Howell ready to play under fairly adverse conditions. For much of the season, the signal-caller was productive. He showed improvement by making quicker decisions and taking fewer sacks.

Red flag: If we are giving Pritchard credit for Howell’s play during the first two-thirds of the season, we have to ask questions about the way he seemed to collapse in the final month.

Bobby Engram - Commanders WRs coach

  • Previous job: The same

Bobby Engram came to the Commanders in 2023 to replace Drew Terrell. He caught 650 passes over a 15-year career in the NFL before transitioning to coaching in 2011. He has coached wide receivers and tight ends for the past 10 years.

Green flag: Engram is highly respected in the locker room. Star wide receiver Terry McLaurin has spoken particularly highly of his ability to coach each player as a unique individual, and not apply the same techniques to different types of wideouts.

Red flag: Veterans played well under Engram, but Jahan Dotson stagnated. He will have to develop young receivers in the coming years.

David Raih - Commanders TEs coach

  • Previous job: Senior offensive analyst, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Replacing: Todd Storm

David Raih has coached in both college and the pros for the past 15 seasons. He served under Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech and later with the Arizona Cardinals.

Green flag: Raih has steadily worked his way up the coaching ladder. Last year in Tampa, he helped first-year offensive coordinator Dave Canales run a surprisingly effective offense. They were especially effective in passing the ball.

Red flag: Raih has coached both wide receivers and offensive line, but has never coached tight ends before.