4 major observations from the Commanders hiring Eric Bieniemy
By Dean Jones
Eric Bieniemy is betting on himself
After being overlooked countless times for an NFL head coaching role despite multiple interviews, it’s clear Eric Bieniemy needed a drastic change of course. It was no doubt difficult to leave the newly crowned Super Bowl championships, but his switch to the Washington Commanders represents the respected figure betting on himself.
For Bieniemy to stand any chance of making a deserved leap into a future head coach, it’s evident that he had to get out of Andy Reid’s shadow. Something that’s led many to question how much input the coordinator had with his head coach’s renowned offensive credentials.
This was extremely unfair. But it’s a narrative he can alter with the Commanders in 2023.
Bieniemy will have full control of the offense and gets permission to install his own coaching staff. Being assistant head coach also allows him to learn exactly what it takes from Ron Rivera – one of the most respected leaders of men anywhere in the league.
If Bieniemy can maximize his time in Washington and get this offense among the NFL’s best, there should be a queue of suitors looking in his direction during the next head coaching cycle. It’s sad that it came to this for the coach, but he is clearly confident enough to make it on his own.