Washington Commanders Hire Eric Bieniemy as Assistant Head Coach

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The Washington Commanders have hired Eric Bieniemy away from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bieniemy’s future had been the subject of speculation for several weeks, which ramped up after the Chiefs won the Super Bowl. He’s frequently been a rumored head coaching candidate, with Friday’s news putting an end to that possibility in the near future.

That head coaching speculation has also meant that media reports, unsurprisingly, blamed racism for his lack of promotion.


While not a head coaching position, Bieniemy’s role with the Commanders will be quite substantial. He’s been simply the offensive coordinator in Kansas City, but will be “Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator” in D.C.

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DENVER, COLORADO – JANUARY 08: Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on during a game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on January 8, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Can Bieniemy Help Washington?

The job title change, increased salary and contractural changes will almost certainly not be enough to stop racism accusations.

A much more interesting topic is what Bieniemy’s impact on the field might be for the Commanders. He was specifically praised by Chiefs head coach Andy Reid for his work with the Chiefs offense.

The Commanders obviously don’t have a quarterback anywhere near Patrick Mahomes’ level. But with Bieniemy’s input, perhaps some of their younger options may make a jump. Or he may be able to help identify a potential acquisition target as well.

It can’t get much worse for the Commanders, after yet another anemic offensive performance. The Chiefs averaged nearly 11 points per game more than Washington in 2022.

Bieniemy may not be able to have an immediate impact, given the talent gap. But if he’s able to turn the Commanders into an above average offense, it’ll be a remarkable achievement.

And while Assistant Head Coach isn’t quite the title he likely envisioned, it’s a near certainty the pay raise and contractural perks aren’t exactly a punishment.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, author, and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, traveling, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter @ianmSC

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