Washington Commanders Depth Chart
- NFC East
- FedEx Field
- Head Coach
- Dan Quinn
- Offensive Coordinator
- Kliff Kingsbury
- Defensive Coordinator
- Joe Whitt Jr.
- Special Teams Coach
- Nate Kaczor
- Defensive Scheme
Washington Commanders new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury said this week that he doesn't envision the team being an Air Raid offensive system in 2024 under his supervision. Passing-game coordinator Brian Johnson feels the same. Kingsbury is known for his Air Raid system when he was the head coach at Texas Tech, but that didn't translate to his offenses when he was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. With Sam Howell at QB for Washington in 2023, the team threw the ball the third-most times in the NFL, behind only the Chiefs and Bengals, but they want to be more balanced as an offense under Kingsbury. It makes sense, as the Commanders are expected to be running with a rookie signal-caller this year.
University of Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze is expected to take part in on-field work at the 2024 NFL Combine this week. Wideouts will take the field on Saturday, March 2. This news comes after reports that Marvin Harrison Jr. and Malik Nabers will not participate in on-field drills. Odunze is the consensus No. 3 wide receiver prospect in the 2024 class, so he has a lot to gain in Indianapolis, given the absences of the top two wideouts. Odunze caught 92 passes for 1,650 yards and 13 touchdowns for the National Champion runner-up Huskies in 2023. He is projected to be drafted as high as the No. 5 pick, and he's likely to be taken no later than pick No. 15. He's a clear first-rounder in 2024 fantasy football rookie drafts.
Former Washington Commanders offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is heading to the college ranks to be UCLA's new associate head coach/offensive coordinator after finalizing a two-year deal over the weekend, according to sources. It will be a homecoming for Bieniemy, who grew up in the area and was a Bruins assistant from 2003-05. He interviewed for the Commanders' head-coaching job this offseason and two other offensive coordinator jobs, but he ultimately decided not to stay in D.C. or accept a job with another team to coach running backs. It will be Bieniemy's first college job since working as Colorado's offensive coordinator from 2011-12. Former head coach Chip Kelly served as UCLA's offensive play-caller in recent seasons.
Although Brian Johnson has the assistant head coach tag with the Washington Commanders for the 2024 season, offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury will still retain full control of the offense. The assistant head coach tag is more to give Johnson experience with the organizational side and the things that head coaches handle that may help set him up for future head-coaching opportunities down the road. Washington is set up with the second overall pick in the upcoming draft and is expected to pursue a quarterback to replace Sam Howell, who was up and down in 2023 in his first full season as the team's starting signal-caller. Kingsbury was known for his spread offenses that were aggressive through the air in college, but his offenses were much more balanced when he was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.
The Washington Commanders announced the hiring of Lance Newmark as an assistant general manager on Wednesday. Newmark spent 26 seasons in the Detroit Lions player personnel department, so he has seen the transformation of a bottom-feeder organization. Washing hired Adam Peters to be their general manager after he spent seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers front office. The two will work to turn around the struggling franchise that has not won a playoff game since 2005. The quarterback position will be a key spot to address, and the Commanders have the No. 2 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.