The Washington Commanders and two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Eric Bieniemy have agreed in principle to a contract that will make him the team’s new offensive coordinator and assistant head coach, according to multiple reports.
Bieniemy and the Commanders still have to work out some of the final details of the contract, but it is expected to be for two years.
Once the language of the agreement is established, Bieniemy is likely to formally introduce himself at a press conference next week.
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Bieniemy was the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator for the past five seasons, but he had no play-calling duties. Instead, he focused heavily on game planning and design while head coach Andy Reid called the plays during games.
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In Washington, Bieniemy would probably have full autonomy when it comes to offensive philosophy and call the plays.
Bieniemy replaces Scott Turner, who was fired in January after three seasons in charge. Washington’s offense during that span was mostly disappointing and never finished a season ranked higher than 20th in yards. Last season, the Commanders finished the year ranked No. 26 in points.
Ron Rivera begins his fourth season as Washington’s head coach. He has lived up to a 22-27-1 record thus far, but he led the Commanders to an NFC East title in 2020.
Rivera and the Commanders are likely to be under pressure to have a winning season, especially as the franchise remains in a shaky state, and embattled owner Dan Snyder is exploring a possible sale.
Despite interviewing for multiple head coaching potions in recent years, Bieniemy has failed to land a job. Some have attributed his lack of game-calling experience to the detriment of his head-coaching candidacy.
«It’s so deserved,» Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said before the Super Bowl. «He’s done everything the right way. He’s been a part of this offense and this team for so long, he holds everyone accountable, he’s creative coming up with plays for us. I don’t know why he hasn’t been signed, but he’s been great for us. «.
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Bieniemy would have needed a contract extension to remain in Kansas City, as his contract came to an end after last season.
«Eric Bieniemy has been tremendous for us, and I think he’s tremendous for the National Football League,» Reid told reporters Monday. «I hope he gets a chance to go somewhere and do his thing, where he can run the show and be Eric Bieniemy.»
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Bieniemy has extensive coaching experience in the NFL, having served as a running back for the Chiefs from 2013 to 2017. He was also the running backs coach for the Vikings.
Bieniemy also had a long playing career. He spent 10 seasons with the Chargers, Bengals and Eagles.