Commanders QB Sam Howell has a fan in Eric Bieniemy
Sam Howell is in a pretty good situation despite the increased pressure that will arrive from the moment Josh Harris' ownership group gets their $6.05 billion purchase of the Washington Commanders approved. Not only are there an abundance of skill position players to lean on, but the quarterback also has one of the most respected minds anywhere in the NFL steering him in the right direction.
Eric Bieniemy took a calculated risk by leaving the Kansas City Chiefs for the Commanders. This was done to get full control of an offense for the first time and other important responsibilities that should boost his head coaching chances moving forward.
Bieniemy's presence has been sorely felt in practice. He's vocal, has high standards, and isn't afraid to go after even the most established players if he feels like the execution isn't right.
The assistant head coach/offensive coordinator has been tough on Howell, but it's all part of the learning experience. One that has made a fan out of Bieniemy based on his comments via USA Today Sports.
"I’m enjoying just watching him work and watching how he handles the highs and the lows because you’re gonna have some of that throughout the course of working during the offseason. Just like you would if you weren’t playing in the game. But the thing that I love about him is that he’s always staying steady. His demeanor does not change, and he’s very, very competitive. And I will say this; he autocorrects himself as well because he knows exactly what he did and what he should have done, which is a good thing."- Eric Bieniemy via USA Today Sports
Howell is going to get all he can handle from Bieniemy when training camp rolls around. But the relationship seems to be blossoming and might become mutually beneficial if the pair hit it off throughout 2023.