3 ways the Commanders blew away expectations during 2023 offseason

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Commanders struck with conviction to land Eric Bieniemy

When offensive coordinator Scott Turner was shown the door, it came as no surprise. However, Ron Rivera’s next move had to be the right one with so much at stake for the head coach in 2023.

Multiple candidates were interviewed without anything concrete emerging. This led some to question which way the Commanders were going, but Rivera had an ace up his sleeve in the form of Eric Bieniemy.

The hugely respected mind agreed to become Washington’s new assistant head coach/offensive coordinator. This is a major coup by Rivera and undoubtedly the best option he could have acquired heading into the preparation period.

Washington agreed to give Bieniemy full control of an offense for the first time. This will allow the figurehead to step out of Andy Reid’s shadow and prove beyond all doubt he’s worthy of a head coaching gig down the line.

The Commanders permitted Bieniemy to pick his own staff, gave the coach a massive pay rise, and also allowed his voice to be a leading one in terms of personnel. It was a big commitment, but one that could bring substantial rewards if everything goes according to plan.

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