Commanders News: Sam Howell, Jabril Cox, OL slammed and Jim Harbaugh

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

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Jim Harbaugh touted as next Commanders head coach

One doesn't have to look far across the media to see how much strain Ron Rivera is under right now. Four losses in five and new ownership desperate to make a legitimate impact mean his fortunes are hanging in the balance with 10 games of his fourth season at the helm remaining.

Names are already being linked with the Washington Commanders if Josh Harris and his wealthy investors pull the plug on Rivera's tenure. Matt Johnson of Sportsnaut recently discussed the benefits of potentially securing the services of Michigan figurehead Jim Harbaugh.

"It’s not a secret that Harbaugh wants to return to pro football, he’s made it quite clear in each of the past two seasons. However, a combination of the right opportunity not coming available and some alternatives passing Harbaugh in coaching searches makes him an option in 2024. Before Kyle Shanahan turned the San Francisco 49ers into one of the NFL’s best teams, Harbaugh led them to five playoff wins in four years with three seasons of 11-plus wins. The track record of winning erases potential concerns that Harbaugh’s coaching style and system might not translate to the next level. Furthermore, Harbaugh’s background in quarterback development and his ability to connect with his top passer would prove beneficial."

Matt Johnson, Sportsnaut

Harbaugh was seen as a shoo-in to get the Minnesota Vikings' job before talks fell apart quickly. He's reaffirmed his commitment to the Wolverines, but this might alter as the respected figure finds himself in yet more hot water with the NCAA.

This would bring experience and proven NFL credentials to the Commanders. However, this might also be a good time to look at younger, more progressive coaches with a modern way of thinking if Rivera is eventually deemed surplus to requirements.