The Washington Commanders hired the best guy to handle Offensive Coordinator duties going forward.
They needed someone who could make the most of those promising weapons they have, regardless of their subpar quarterback situation.
The Commanders also made him an assistant Head Coach, luring him to FedEx Field with a raise in both his salary and his position.
Needless to say, that prompted plenty of speculation about whether Ron Rivera is only a place-holder for him and if he’ll take over for coach Rivera at some point in the season.
Also, it’s not a secret that Bieniemy has aspirations of becoming a HC himself, so maybe he could leave soon to pursue that goal.
That’s why he didn’t hesitate to put those narratives at rest right away, making it clear during his introductory press conference that he’s only worried and focused on what’s happening right now:
#Commanders assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy in his introductory press conference when asked about head coaching ambitions in the future: 'I live in the moment, I've got to be where my feet are. Right now, my feet are planted right here.'
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) February 23, 2023
Bieniemy is a bit of a radical opposite when it comes to Rivera.
The first is an offensive mastermind, while the latter has earned his stripes in this league thanks to his defensive prowess.
Still, coach Rivera was on the hot seat for the best part of last season, especially after a slow start to the year, so he may not have a long leash in 2023 if the team doesn’t look good early in the campaign again.
Should that be the case, then there’s no doubt that Bieniemy would be the likeliest — and most qualified — candidate to take over, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.NEXT: The Commanders Reportedly Have A Plan With Daron Payne