Last Updated on September 26, 2023 by SPN Editor
The Washington Commanders have agreed to make Eric Bieniemy their new offensive coordinator and assistant head coach, according to sources who confirmed multiple reports on Friday.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the parties reached an agreement on a two-year contract that includes a “promotion in title, contractual structure,” and a pay raise. In addition to his coordinator duties, Bieniemy will serve as Ron Rivera’s assistant head coach, according to NFL Network.
Bieniemy met with Washington’s current assistants on Friday and will meet with the rest on Saturday, according to sources. Next week, he’ll be in Washington for an introductory news conference.
Bieniemy was the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator for the past five seasons, overseeing an offense that powered two Super Bowl victories, including one last weekend.
Eric Bieniemy has a strong track record of success as an NFL coach, most notably as the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs.
After firing offensive coordinator Scott Turner at the end of the 2022 season, the Washington Commanders were looking for a replacement. Last season, Washington had a top-10 defense but ranked 20th in total offense and 24th in scoring offense, and Rivera has stated that 2022 fifth-round draught pick Sam Howell is the team’s No. 1 quarterback heading into the offseason.
Eric Bieniemy led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship game in 2018, his first season as offensive coordinator, where they were defeated by the New England Patriots.
Bieniemy’s offense helped lead the Chiefs to a 12-4 regular season record, an AFC West division title, and a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
The Chiefs won the AFC West again in 2020 and advanced to the Super Bowl, where they were defeated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite this, the Chiefs finished the regular season 14-2, and their offense led the NFL in total yards and passing yards per game.
Eric Bieniemy was a member of three NFL teams during his nine-year career: the San Diego Chargers, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Philadelphia Eagles. Bieniemy began coaching after his playing career ended, beginning as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Colorado.
Bieniemy has had a successful NFL coaching career, serving as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, and Colorado Buffaloes before being named Chiefs offensive coordinator in 2018. He has been an integral part of leading one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, helping the Chiefs win the Super Bowl in 2020.
Eric Bieniemy coached a number of players who went on to have successful NFL careers while at the University of Colorado, including Chris Brown, Bobby Purify, and Cortland Johnson.