3 early winners from the Commanders 2023 offseason so far

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) Eric Bieniemy
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Eric Bieniemy – Commanders AHC/OC

After Eric Bieniemy played an influential role in the Kansas City Chiefs winning another Super Bowl despite trading Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins, it became clear that he needed to do something. Being overlooked for head coaching roles is a modern-day NFL tragedy, so stepping out of Andy Reid’s shadow was the only way to silence his doubters once and for all.

This is set to benefit the Washington Commanders greatly in 2023. After lengthy discussions with Ron Rivera and others in positions of power, Bieniemy agreed to come on board as the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator, which is a promotion with more influence in all matters associated with the franchise.

Bieniemy will get full control of the offense, has chosen his own staff team, and is also set to have a leading voice in personnel matters on this side of the football. His presence during offensive line and running back drills at the NFL Scouting Combine was telling, so general manager Martin Mayhew will lean on him heavily for guidance throughout the process.

One thing that attracted Bieniemy to the Commanders was the skill position talent, which is obvious. If the protection is reinforced and the quarterback choice is correct, it’s hard to envisage a scenario where the new arrival fluffs his lines.

If everything goes right for Bieniemy, then head coaching offers should arrive in 2024. Most would argue this is long overdue – but better late than never.