Commanders 2023 coaching grades: Eric Bieniemy and the offensive staff

It's time to assess the Commanders coaching staff...

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Tavita Pritchard - Commanders QBs coach

Aside from Eric Bieniemy, Tavita Pritchard was the Washington Commanders' biggest wild card on the staff this season. He came in to mentor Sam Howell without ever having coached outside the cozy confines of Stanford University.

For the first several months of the season, Howell played very well and Pritchard deserves a lot of the credit. However, he also has to share some of the blame for the gunslinger's serious regression toward the end of the campaign.

The honeymoon period may be over for both player and coach. But I still think both acquitted themselves rather well in difficult circumstances this year.

It’s hard to imagine a new coaching regime having much interest in keeping most of the current coaches. Pritchard may be one of the exceptions. If he is retained, he will no doubt be crucial to the Commanders' success since it seems highly likely that they will take a quarterback in the first few rounds of the 2024 NFL Draft - perhaps even with the No. 2 overall selection.


Washington also has had one assistant coach - Jennifer King - working with running backs, along with an offensive quality control coach Shane Toub, and a general offensive assistant, Tyrae Reid. They had former quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese in an offensive advisor role.

To be honest, I have no idea what that means. I will not attempt to grade any of them.

Then there are the coordinators.