It looks like the Washington Commanders simply can’t enjoy a drama-free offseason.
Just when things were marching smoothly with the team’s sale and the major culture turnaround they were trying to instill, Ron Rivera’s words about Eric Bieniemy’s intensity fueled some controversy on social media.
The Commanders’ Head Coach revealed that some of the players expressed their concerns with Bieniemy’s intensity in practice, to which the new Offensive Coordinator confirmed that he’s not going to change his ways, regardless of how some of the players may feel.
That’s why Rivera didn’t waste any more time to clear the air and state that people made too much of his comments, stating that he wasn’t as clear as he should’ve been, according to John Keim.
Rivera said he told Bieniemy "I put my foot in my mouth. what I said wasn't as clear as it needed to be. Everybody, in my opinion, made more than needs to be made of it. The results are what you look for on the field; the last couple days have been outstanding."
— John Keim (@john_keim) August 9, 2023
Truth be told, it’s hard to think that Rivera would look to purposely put Bieniemy in a tough spot, considering they’re working together and looking to revamp the team’s offense.
Some believe Bieniemy agreed to join the team as Assistant Head Coach because he’d be the next in line to take over as HC if Rivera’s team gets off to another slow start to the season, so people speculated that there could be some bad blood between the two.
While there could be some truth to it, it’s currently nothing but speculation.
The Commanders are looking to make a big splash right out of the gate, and Bieniemy’s not going to take any shortcuts.
This is the National Football League, and the players need to work hard; it’s as simple as that.NEXT: Eric Bieniemy Has Strong Response To Players Questioning His Intensity