Commanders news: Sam Howell, Terry McLaurin, Eric Bieniemy and Jim Schwartz

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Jim Schwartz linked with Commanders job

Speculation has been running rampant for weeks as the Washington Commanders get set to involve themselves in the upcoming head coaching cycle. Ron Rivera will be relieved of his duties after their Week 18 game against the Dallas Cowboys. Just which direction Josh Harris' ownership group goes with their new man at the helm is the big question.

One name that hasn't been touted much is Jim Schwartz. The Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator has masterminded a sensational campaign to galvanize his career. Andrew Buller-Russ from Sportsnaut tabbed the Commanders as a surprise landing spot providing there is a mutual interest.

"One idea that could appeal is hiring a local Maryland native like [Jim] Schwartz, who was born just outside of Baltimore in Halethorpe and later attended college at Georgetown. Chances are, if Schwartz is welcoming head coaching opportunities, he’d leap at a chance to coach the Commanders too. Oddly enough, despite working for six different NFL organizations, including Baltimore, Schwartz has never been employed by Washington. Realistically, he’s probably not at the very top of anyone’s wish list before the head coaching interview process begins, but it’s fair to say Schwartz is one the more qualified candidates available. So, why not Washington?"

Andrew Buller-Russ, Sportsnaut

Schwartz's time as Detroit Lions head coach didn't go according to plan. He's held coordinator positions since 2014 as a result. Although his experience is a plus, the Commanders probably have other candidates in mind when push comes to shove.