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NFL Rumors: Commanders Want 2nd Interviews With Macdonald, Glenn, Weaver, More

Andrew Peters

As the Washington Commanders continue their search to fill their head coaching vacancy, they are looking for second interviews with a handful of coaches still competing in the playoffs.

The Commanders are seeking additional interviews with Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald and assistant coach/defensive line coach Anthony Weaver as well as Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Washington has also scheduled a second interview with Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, according to Schefter.

The Commanders and the Seattle Seahawks are the only teams left still searching for their next head coach. Washington has already interviewed Weaver, Macdonald, Johnson, Glenn and Quinn as well as Houston Texans offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik. The Seahawks have also interviewed Johnson, Quinn and Slowik.

The Commanders are looking to replace Ron Rivera, who they fired following the conclusion of a 4-13 season. With the Lions and Ravens both in action this weekend, Washington will have to wait to interview the select coaches at least another day.

The Lions will take on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship on Sunday with a chance to reach the championship for the first time in the Super Bowl era. The Ravens will face the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship on Sunday.

Schefter noted that of the possible candidates, Johnson has been tabbed as the "presumptive favorite" to land with Washington, but said that multiple sources disputed that claim.

According to Schefter, the Seahawks have not interviewed Macdonald yet, and would not be able to if the Ravens advance to the Super Bowl. They would, however, be able to interview Johnson a second time because of an NFL rule that permits teams to interview a coach if they have already conducted an initial interview, regardless if the Lions are in the Super Bowl.

With all but two of the head coaching vacancies now filled, the pressure is beginning to mount for the Commanders and Seahawks to fill their open positions.


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