Commanders could lose Eric Bieniemy in 2024
Eric Bieniemy was not willing to get stuck in a rut with the Kansas City Chiefs despite having the privilege of working alongside quarterback Patrick Mahomes every day. Still, it was a big-time gamble to leave the defending Super Bowl champions in favor of a move to the Washington Commanders.
This was done with one thing in mind. To progress his career and potentially earn the head coaching opportunity that's eluded him for so long.
Some would say it's a calculated risk. Others are of the belief that hitching his wagon to a lame-duck head coach in Ron Rivera with new ownership coming into the franchise represents career suicide.
When discussing Bieniemy recently, former NFL general manager Mike Tannenbaum stated via The 33rd Team that the respected figure should be commended for betting on himself and going it alone without Mahomes and Andy Reid. If it all comes off, then the demand will surely rise as a result.
"I love people that bet on themselves and take the more challenging path. In Kansas City, he had to fight the stigma of how much of it was coach Reid and how much of it was him. I can’t say enough about how much his decision to leave Kansas City speaks to his confidence and belief in himself. If Washington makes any kind of improvement, I think he’ll be in demand."- Mike Tannenbaum, The 33rd Team
That's for the future, What's important right now is that the Commanders maximize every second of Bieniemy's time with the organization. If everything clicks, the relationship will be mutually beneficial.