Washington Commanders Next Coach Odds: Who Will Lead the New Era in DC?

Written by: Grant Mitchell
Published January 11, 2024
3 min read

The Washington Commanders are one of several teams that are hunting for a new coach this offseason. Ben Johnson, offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions, is the current favorite for the position at +200 odds.

Ron Rivera’s four-year tenure came to an end after he failed to reach the playoffs and led the Commanders to a lowly record of just 4-13. The team also traded edge rushers Montez Sweat and Chase Young to recoup draft capital in preparation for a total rebuild in 2024, which could see them use the second-overall pick to pursue Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, or another top QB prospect.

Who will the Commanders hire to lead them into the future? Here’s how the oddsmakers weigh in.

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Washington Commanders 2023 Stats

Record: 4-13 (fourth-NFC East)

Offense: 19.4 PPG (25th)

Defense: 30.5 (32nd)

Playoffs: Did not qualify

Washington Commanders Next Coach Odds

Washington Commanders Next Coach Odds

NameLast TeamLast PositionOdds
Ben JohnsonDetroit LionsOffensive coordinator (2022-)+200
Bill BelichickNew England PatriotsHead coach (2000-2024)+300
Jim HarbaughUniversity of MichiganHead coach (2015-)+600
Mike MacDonaldBaltimore RavensDefensive coordinator (2022-)+900
Eric BieniemyWashington CommandersOffensive coordinator (2023-)+1200
Brian FloresMinnesota VikingsDefensive coordinator (2023-)+1200
Raheem MorrisLos Angeles RamsDefensive coordinator (2021-)+1200
Aaron GlennDetroit LionsDefensive coordinator (2021-)+1200
Mike VrabelTennessee TitansHead coach (2018-23)+1400
Kellen MooreLos Angeles RamsOffensive coordinator (2023-)+1600
Bobby SlowikHouston TexansOffensive coordinator (2023-)+1600
Antonio PierceLas Vegas RaidersInterim head coach (2023-)+1600

Odds from BetOnline.

Top Favorites for the Washington Commanders Job

Ben Johnson (+200)

Johnson is one of the hottest names on the coaching market because of the innovative, exciting offensive system he implemented with the Detroit Lions (who ended 2023 fifth in scoring). He’s never been a head coach and only has two years of experience as a coordinator, but he is regarded as one of the brightest young minds and would fit well in a franchise planning a total reboot, from coaching staff, to roster, branding, stadium, location, and more. 

Bill Belichick (+300)

Belichick was rumored to be headed to Washington in a trade earlier this season, though those talks cooled off. He is as established of a coach as there is and would greatly benefit a team that gave up the most points per game last year. The concern could be his age, as the team is likely looking for the long-term stability it hasn’t enjoyed in decades.

Jim Harbaugh (+600)

Harbaugh conquered the college football mountain by winning a championship with UM in January, freeing him up to explore a return to the NFL. He made the Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers but fell just short. Washington would put him near his brother, John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens, and would allow him to make an early draft pick and spend more money on free agents than any other team.

What's The Situation In Washington?

The Commanders have won at least seven games in seven of their last nine seasons but also haven’t won 10 games since 2012 (and only once since 2005).

Washington is begging for stability after years of ill-advised signings and draft picks, a failure to find a franchise quarterback, and both coaching and management disappointments. New owner Josh Harris seems committed to bringing the franchise back to relevance, but he has a tall task in front of him.

Whoever the Commanders choose will have to go against the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys at least twice every year, making the path to a division title fairly difficult.

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