Commanders receive good news in Eric Bieniemy pursuit

(Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports) Eric Bieniemy
(Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports) Eric Bieniemy /

The Washington Commanders received some good news in their quest to make Eric Bieniemy their next offensive coordinator in 2023.

It’s no secret that the Washington Commanders are looking to make an audacious bid to land Eric Bieniemy from the Kansas City Chiefs. The offensive coordinator was once again instrumental in another Super Bowl triumph last weekend, which was the final engagement before potentially taking up an offer from elsewhere.

While becoming the Commanders’ offensive coordinator seems like a pipedream, it’s one that could allow Bieniemy to gain full control of an NFL offense. Something he hasn’t had in Kansas City thanks to the presence of head coach Andy Reid.

Washington is not putting all its eggs in Bieniemy’s basket. According to multiple reports, they are interviewing Greg Roman on Tuesday to cover their bases if nothing else.

It’s always nice to have a contingency plan in place. Bieniemy might be the top target, but convincing him to leave such a premier gig for something similar with the Commanders is a tough sell all things considered.

Commanders receive good news in Eric Bieniemy pursuit

Ron Rivera received a boost in his quest to acquire Bieniemy this week. The Baltimore Ravens – who were also seen as a frontrunner for the Chiefs play-caller – opted to go in a different direction by hiring Georgia’s offensive coordinator Todd Monken instead.

While this narrows down the field, it doesn’t change the fact Washington faces a monumental task to secure Bieniemy’s services. It will be difficult, but not impossible if the coach is intrigued enough to come in for an interview.

When discussing the prospect of Bieniemy departing for pastures new, Reid hoped it would be for a head coaching job rather than a sideways step. Something he appears richly deserving of despite no team taking the plunge just yet.

"“Eric Bieniemy has been tremendous for us and I think tremendous for the National Football League. I’m hoping he has an opportunity to go somewhere and do his thing where he can run the show and be Eric Bieniemy.”"

Adding Bieniemy would completely shift the dynamic for Washington. This is one of the league’s most respected offensive gurus, with his proven track record for winning and helping Patrick Mahomes become one of the greatest ever in double-quick time just two ways he’s made a positive impression.

There is no harm in trying from Washington’s perspective. This is ambitious – there’s no denying that- but the reward could be huge entering a crucial third season with Rivera at the helm.

Baltimore removing themselves from the race helps somewhat. Even if this doesn’t guarantee Bieniemy will give it all up to join the Commanders.

Only time will tell and fans shouldn’t have to wait much longer before they find out one way or another. However, if Bieniemy does accept the interview request, it’s the clearest sign yet that there might be mutual interest between all parties.

Bieniemy will seek more assurances than that, obviously. But a fresh challenge could be exactly what the coordinator needs – even if it is in a similar role with more responsibilities.

Washington is going to shoot their shot. Whether it’s enough is a completely different question.

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