Commanders news: Ben Johnson, Ron Rivera, Jayden Daniels and busy times

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

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as the team's head coaching search moves closer to reaching a long-awaited conclusion?

After a dramatic Championship Sunday, the Washington Commanders have a clear run at their shortlisted head coaching candidates. All four are free to take the job immediately after the Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens were eliminated from Super Bowl contention at the final hurdle. Another name is also in the mix, but something could be officially confirmed in the next 48 hours one way or another.

While we wait for the landmark news, the stories causing conversation include Ben Johnson's status, Ron Rivera being linked with another NFC East team as he looks for an immediate return to employment, another mock draft tipping Washington to draft Jayden Daniels at No. 2 overall, and a busy week ahead for those in power.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders' busy week ahead

Josh Harris, general manager Adam Peters, and other members of the Washington Commanders' hiring committee have a busy week ahead. Interviews are officially permitted with head coaching candidates who were involved in Championship Sunday. All four can take over right away after their respective losses.

On Monday, the Commanders will spend time speaking with Anthony Weaver and Mike Macdonald of the Baltimore Ravens. This will be swiftly followed by the Detroit Lions pair of Ben Johnson and Aaron Glenn on Tuesday. Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is also set to interview for a second time.

The Seattle Seahawks are the only remaining competition for head coaching candidates from a deep pool of options. Things will happen quickly in the coming days. One would be surprised if something wasn't confirmed by Tuesday evening all things considered.