After spending the last few seasons as the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator, Eric Bieniemy moved to the Washington Commanders. The Super Bowl winner, however, didn’t move to the Commanders to become their head coach, but instead, their offensive coordinator.
Given that many in NFL circles see Bieniemy’s move to Washington as a lateral one, the 53-year-old spent much of his introductory press conference trying to rationalize the move.
“Right now I’m the offensive coordinator of the Washington Commanders,” Bieniemy said to reporters.
“Being a head coach, if that’s to happen it will take care of itself. We’ve had a great deal of success. We went to five straight AFC Championship Games, three out of four Super Bowls, two out of those we won. Being a head coach, it hasn’t happened, it’s not anything that’s going to impact me moving forward because the only thing I need to be concerned with is what’s important today.
Bieniemy also said “it’s time for a new challenge” because “comfort is the enemy of progress.”
Prior to serving as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator from 2018 to 2022, Bieniemy was the team’s running back coach for four seasons. Before he landed with Andy Reid in Kansas City, Bieniemy worked for Colorado, UCLA, and the Minnesota Vikings.
Now, instead of working with the otherworldly talent of Patrick Mahomes, Bieniemy is tasked with turning second-year QB Sam Howell into a viable starting quarterback, as reports indicate the team plans to head into next season with him as their starter.
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