Commanders interview Eric Studesville, Thomas Brown for OC vacancy


As the Washington Commanders’ and Ron Rivera's search for an offensive coordinator enters its second week after the firing of Scott Turner, the team announced two additional candidates have officially interviewed for the job: Eric Studesville and Thomas Brown.

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Studesville, who interviewed Monday, has spent the last six seasons with the Miami Dolphins and was the assistant head coach and running backs coach in 2022. The 55-year-old began his coaching career as a grad assistant at Arizona in 1991 and has 26 years in the NFL, mostly as a positional assistant with much of that as an RB coach – although he was the Dolphins’ co-OC in 2021, and he was the interim head coach of the Denver Broncos for the final four games of 2010, going 1-3 after Josh McDaniels was fired.

He was also the run game coordinator for the Bills in 2008-09 and the Dolphins from 2017-20, so for a team like the Commanders that may be run-heavy next season, an OC well-versed in that facet of the offense could be a benefit.

The Commanders announced they interviewed Brown, 36, on Tuesday. In 2022, he was the assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the Los Angeles Rams, his third year on former Washington assistant Sean McVay’s staff.

Brown, a former running back at Georgia, spent three years in the NFL as a sixth-round pick before joining his alma mater in 2011 as a strength coach. He spent eight years in college as a running backs coach at Georgia (2012, 2015), Marshall (2013), Wisconsin (2014), Miami (2016-18) and South Carolina (2019) before joining the Rams in 2020 as their RB coach, and he was promoted to RB coach/AHC in 2021 before moving over to tight ends last season.

He was also the offensive coordinator in his three seasons at Miami, so, despite being the youngest candidate interviewed so far, he has more coordinator experience than anyone the Commanders have interviewed other than Pat Shurmur.

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