Commanders news: Dan Quinn, Drake Maye, Anthony Lynn and Caleb Williams

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

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Confidence in Dan Quinn

Dan Quinn wasn't everyone's choice, but he's more than qualified. The Washington Commanders examined several other candidates. They were reportedly high on the likes of Ben Johnson and Mike Macdonald. Those in power went with the man they believe can lead from the front and get this franchise back to prosperity.

Quinn's coaching hires have caught the eye. People are starting to look at the Commanders a little differently. Their prospects could be further enhanced by making the right moves in free agency and the 2024 NFL Draft. Any short-term failings won't be for the lack of trying, that's for sure.

John Keim from ESPN lifted the lid on what led the Commanders to Quinn. This centered on previous experience, leadership, and two notable recommendations amid many endorsements from around the NFL.

"After four weeks and 14 interviews with potential candidates, Washington had its man and Quinn his team. Quinn had sold the Commanders' hiring committee -- consisting of Peters, owner Josh Harris, longtime NFL general manager Rick Spielman, former Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers and front office veteran Martin Mayhew -- on his leadership traits, willingness to learn from failure and desire to work hand-in-hand with the front office. Aiding Quinn's case were a flood of endorsements received on his behalf, including from Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who had fired Quinn in 2020."

John Keim, ESPN

Fans are willing to give Quinn a chance. The new leadership team is ambitious and knows how much this organization means to the area. Restoring a sense of pride and belonging is long overdue.