Ranking the 7 confirmed Commanders head coaching candidates in 2024 so far

There could be more names upcoming, but this is what we have so far.

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3. Commanders could hire Bobby Slowik

  • Offensive Coordinator | Houston Texans

Here's where it gets interesting.

We've already spoken briefly about Bobby Slowik now finding himself on the infamous Mike Shanahan coaching tree graphic. This is down to an unbelievable first season as Houston Texans offense coordinator. He's galvanized a failing unit to heights not seen for years. Something that played a leading role in DeMeco Ryans' squad going from also-rans to AFC South champions in one season.

This miraculous turnaround isn't going unnoticed by other NFL teams. Slowik is a hot name on the head coaching cycle. His previous connection to the Washington Commanders made it almost inevitable Josh Harris' brain trust would be putting in a request.

Perhaps the most impressive element of Slowik's contribution this season has been the immediate elevation of rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud. The No. 2 pick has immense talent and came into the organization with a chip on his shoulder after being unfairly criticized during the pre-draft evaluation process. Under the play-caller's guidance, he's attaining historic heights for first-year players at the position.

Considering Slowik doesn't have the benefit of a strong running game, it's all the more impressive. The blocking concepts are outstanding. The schematic creativity is top-notch. There is trust in his playmakers and young signal-caller to deliver the goods.

The Commanders could do far worse than look in Slowik's direction. What those in power need to determine is whether this is too much, or too soon for the progressive coach.