Commanders news: Eric Bieniemy, Ryan Kerrigan, trading back and combine note

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Eric Bieniemy's next stop

Eric Bieniemy is heading back to college. The former Washington Commanders offensive coordinator wasn't retained by new head coach Dan Quinn after an indifferent first season. With job opportunities scarce around the league, the experienced figure has decided to head back west and join DeShaun Foster's exciting project at UCLA.

Bieniemy will take on the role of associate head coach/offensive coordinator with the Bruins. In an email to reporters via Adam Schefter of ESPN, the two-time Super Bowl winner is relishing the prospect of molding the next generation.

"Southern California. I attended high school there. I started my career in the league here [with the Chargers]. It's obviously great to be back with the Bruins, where I was previously employed. This is a great opportunity for me to help support DeShaun [Foster] as a head coach, to work with him and to work for him as well. My goal is to help him to be a successful head coach in our profession. It's an opportunity for my family and I to return back to a place that we once called home."

Eric Bieniemy via ESPN

After dealing with professional players - many of whom were not exactly thrilled with Bieniemy's methods - going back to the collegiate ranks could be exactly what he needs. These are young hopefuls looking to learn and grow. They'll no doubt become inspired by the play-caller's passion and high standards immediately.

What this means for Bieniemy's NFL future remains to be seen. But one has to wonder if it's the last we've seen from him at the pro level.