July 12, 2024

The Washington Commanders have initiated the process of finding a new head coach following the appointment of Adam Peters as the franchise’s next general manager. Peters will play a crucial role in selecting the successor to Ron Rivera, marking a significant decision at the onset of his leadership in the nation’s capital. Here, we explore three potential candidates who have connections to Peters.

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Bobby Slowik: Offensive Coordinator, Houston Texans

Connection to Peters: 

Having served in various capacities on the 49ers coaching staff, including the role of passing game coordinator, from 2017 to 2022, Slowik’s potential as the next head coach is under consideration. While selecting a rising offensive coordinator doesn’t always guarantee success, Slowik has demonstrated notable effectiveness in working with rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud and emerging talents like receivers Nico Collins and Tank Dell. Despite the possibility that Slowik may benefit from additional experience as an offensive coordinator, the Commanders have already expressed interest in him, with an interview request submitted, as reported by Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post.

Mike LaFleur: Offensive Coordinator, Los Angeles Rams

Connection to Peters:

Having served as the passing game coordinator for the 49ers from 2017 to 2020, LaFleur’s involvement in the unsuccessful development of former No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson may impact his standing in the coaching discussion. This is particularly significant for the Commanders, who are expected to select a quarterback with the second overall pick in the 2024 draft. Despite Wilson’s struggles, it’s worth considering that the 2021 New York Jets had one of the weakest rosters in the NFL, and it’s becoming apparent that Wilson’s potential as a quarterback was facing challenges regardless of his landing spot.

LaFleur’s quick transition to the role of the Rams’ offensive coordinator under Sean McVay, along with his connections to notable figures like McVay, Kyle Shanahan, and his older brother Matt, suggests that the 36-year-old is on a trajectory towards becoming a head coach in the near future. While the experience with Wilson may be a point of discussion, LaFleur’s coaching connections and potential make him a compelling candidate.

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