Does Ron Rivera already have his mind made up on the next offensive coordinator?

The Washington Commanders fired offensive coordinator Scott Turner two weeks ago. Since that time, they’ve interviewed Pat Shurmur, [Commanders  QB coach] Ken Zampese, [Falcons QB coach] Charles London and [Dolphins AHC/RB coach] Eric Studesville as potential replacements for Turner.

Washington plans to interview Rams assistant Thomas Brown this week. The Commanders also wanted to interview Jim Caldwell and Darrell Bevell, but they declined the opportunity.

The Commanders appear to be casting a wide net in their search for a new offensive coordinator, even telling interested parties that Sam Howell is the team’s plan at quarterback in 2023.

While it appears Washington is doing its due diligence, is it possible that head coach Ron Rivera already has his mind made up on the next offensive coordinator? According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, that’s what some around the NFL believe.

A lot of people think Ron Rivera is going to hire quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese to be the Commanders’ next offensive coordinator.

If it’s already being speculated that Zampese will be the choice that makes Washington’s search look like a joke. Now, in fairness to Rivera, perhaps this is pure speculation. Maybe Breer asked another coach or GM who he believed Rivera would hire, and the coach/GM answered with Zampese.

Rivera is entering a critical fourth year of his tenure in Washington, and with a potential new owner soon, he needs to win. Would Zampese represent Washington’s best chance to win?

Considering what type of offense Rivera wants to run, we detailed why former Baltimore offensive coordinator Greg Roman would be an ideal choice. However, we have yet to hear of any mutual interest between the two sides.

 

Story originally appeared on Commanders Wire