Commanders news: Ben Johnson, Dan Quinn, spurned advances and high demands

Exploring the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines after Josh Harris was dealt a blow in his quest to find the right head coach?

Many - myself included - thought Ben Johnson would become the next Washington Commanders' head coach. All signs pointed to this scenario coming to fruition. However, a bombshell development threw a fatal wrench into these plans, leaving Josh Harris and his hiring committee with no option other than to pivot significantly.

As expected, the headlines were vast in the immediate aftermath. Among the stories accumulating column inches include Johnson's cold feet heading to the altar, two other potential head coaching candidates looking the other way, high demands reportedly playing a role in recent developments, and Dan Quinn's chances improving.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Ben Johnson pulls out of Commanders' race

As the Washington Commanders' hiring committee was 40,000 feet in the air on a lavish private jet, they received some surprising news. While many thought Ben Johnson was a lock for the head coaching job, the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator made a last-minute U-turn and informed those in power that he was staying with his current employers.

This is the second straight year Johnson has spurned advances. Outlining his intentions a mere hours before his in person interview with the Commanders is a bad look, in all honesty. But he wants to see out the project with Dan Campbell for good or bad after coming within inches of reaching a Super Bowl this season.

Washington continued on its journey given their intent to interview Lions' defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn. There is a newfound nervousness among the fanbase about what comes next, but everything should become clearer over the next 48 hours.

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