4 major observations from the Commanders hiring Eric Bieniemy
By Dean Jones
Commanders are serious about winning in 2023
While the Washington Commanders became a laughing stock and a disgrace behind the scenes thanks to the scandal that could result in Dan Snyder selling up, they weren’t all that far away on the playing side of things in 2023. Had their trade for quarterback Carson Wentz gone better, then Ron Rivera would have likely made the postseason for a second straight campaign.
This is in spite of an often porous offensive line. So if the right reinforcements arrive via free agency or the 2023 NFL Draft, the Commanders can become serious about winning with Eric Bineimy running their offense.
Bieniemy wouldn’t have come if he didn’t genuinely believe Washington can become a force next season. Having weapons like Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, and Jahan Dotson should help, with the prospect of big numbers from tight end Logan Thomas something else that shouldn’t be dismissed entirely.
Couple this with a running back tandem of Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson Jr., it’s a lot for Bieniemy to utilize. If the coordinator doesn’t like what he sees in Sam Howell, then the Commanders will likely draft another quarterback option or swing for the fences with a veteran via trade.
All signs point to one of the most eventful offseasons in recent memory for Washington. Bieniemy’s arrival is the first big domino and considering what else might be coming, it’s set to completely shift the landscape.