Commanders News: Eric Bieniemy, Chase Young, Sam Howell and Week 9 upset

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Eric Bieniemy on Commanders OL growth

The Washington Commanders might not have come away with a victory against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8, but their improvements on the offensive side of the football were notable. This was thanks in no small part to the growth schematically and across the protection in front of second-year quarterback Sam Howell.

There were a few tweaks to the offensive line thanks to injury and poor performance that seemed to pay off. Chris Paul did well at the left guard position and Tyler Larsen also provided an upgrade on veteran free-agent signing Nick Gates at the center spot after his eye-catching benching.

When discussing the offense's improvements, Eric Bieniemy stated via Nicki Jhabvala from The Washington Post that although it was promising, he's not all that interested in moral victories with the Commanders sitting at 3-5 right now.

"We played good enough just to entertain folks. We didn't win."

Eric Bieniemy via X/Twitter

Bieniemy comes from the Kansas City Chiefs, where he won constantly en route to two Super Bowls and countless playoff victories. This sort of mentality has been sorely missing from the Commanders in recent years, so it represents a refreshing change of pace.

Hopefully, this message trickles down to his players sooner rather than later.