Commanders announce multiple staff changes
The Washington Commanders have had some coaching movement since the end of the season. The Commanders lost defensive backs coach Chris Harris to the Tennessee Titans. Washington didn’t immediately name a replacement, but the thinking was the Commanders would promote from within and spread out the responsibilities.
On Tuesday, the Commanders announced they had promoted three coaches in the secondary:
Brent Vieselmeyer has been promoted to the role defensive backs coach
Richard Rodgers has been promoted to the role of senior defensive assistant/safeties
Cristian Garcia has been promoted to the role of assistant defensive backs/nickels coach
On offense, Washington officially announced the hiring of Stanford quarterbacks coach Tavita Pritchard as the new QB coach. Pritchard played quarterback at Stanford and immediately went into coaching, serving as offensive coordinator for the previous five seasons. Overall, he spent the past 13 seasons as a coach at his alma mater.
In response to that move, former QB coach Ken Zampese moves into a new role as senior offensive advisor/game management. Zampese is entering his 25th NFL season as a coach and his fourth with the Commanders.
The Commanders interviewed Chiefs running back Greg Lewis for a role on new offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy’s staff, but no announcement has been made at this time.