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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2. Commanders could hire Mike Macdonald

  • Defensive Coordinator | Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens are arguably the best team in football right now. They are the AFC's No. 1 seed. They have a potential NFL MVP in quarterback Lamar Jackson. They also boast an exceptional defensive unit led by an up-and-coming coordinator gaining significant head coaching traction at the right time.

Tabbed by many as a sleeper candidate just a few weeks ago, Mike Macdonald is anything but these days. He's masterminded the downfall of some of the league's most prolific offenses. His transition from Michigan to the NFL has gone seamlessly to enhance his already blossoming reputation.

Macdonald will be high on the Washington Commanders' list of options. He's immersed in modern-day concepts. He knows how to get the best out of his players. His track record is growing and trending upward with every passing year.

Much like the situation with Bobby Slowik, the Commanders need to figure out if Macdonald is ready now to take on such a huge project. Learning from Jim and John Harbaugh in recent years has no doubt laid the foundations for his head coaching future. In this scenario, he'd need to find the right offensive coordinator and allow him the freedom to run the unit.

If Josh Harris is intent on following the Ravens' model for sustainable success, then Macdonald might be the guy.