4 major observations from the Commanders hiring Eric Bieniemy

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Ron Rivera makes his Commanders power play

While it would be easy to see Eric Bieniemy’s appointment as one that piles further pressure on head coach Ron Rivera, it’s also a sign of how much stroke the respected leader has in league circles.

Convincing Bieniemy that this is the best place to progress his coaching career was a tough sell, especially considering the state of affairs across the offensive line and the questions at quarterback. However, Rivera’s plan clearly enticed the new offensive coordinator enough to leave Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes behind.

Things might not have gone according to plan for Rivera last season as Washington narrowly missed the postseason, but having Bieniemy to call upon for advice and guidance could make a monumental difference next time around.

Both parties obviously hit it off during various discussions and dinners this week. Otherwise, there’s little chance Bieniemy would have risked it all to link up with Rivera.

This represents Rivera’s power play. One that new ownership should give every chance of making a success if Dan Snyder sells the Commanders as expected in the not-too-distant future.

Much more is needed on the playing side, obviously. But Rivera at least has a proven winner with renowned capabilities handling his offense for the first time since joining the Commanders.