Eric Bieniemy has a new quarterback for 2023
Eric Bieniemy just left the offensive coordinator job with the best quarterback situation. Days after winning the Super Bowl with 2022 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, Bieniemy took the offensive coordinator job in Washington. A new report states his plans for next season’s quarterback.
Bieniemy took over the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator position in 2018–first full season Mahomes started in the NFL. The Commanders will look to follow that formula in 2023.
According to Mike Florio with Pro Football Talk, the Commanders will look to Sam Howell to be the starter next season:
Rivera said on PFT Live (video attached) that Sam Howell enters the offseason program as QB1, that they won’t pursue a veteran starter, and that they will try to add a veteran backup.
That was said before Rivera hired an offensive coordinator. In the aftermath of the hiring of Eric Bieniemy to fill that role, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the strategy has not changed.
Howell will be in his second NFL season
Howell was a rising star in college football. But he may have entered the draft a year prematurely. Howell was drafted in the fifth round last offseason by the Commanders. He played in one regular season for the Commanders. Howell was 11-19 passing with 169 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Commanders’ Week 18 route of their divisional rival, the Dallas Cowboys.
Howell has the talent to be a starter in the NFL. He showed flashes of greatness in college. Sitting a year behind Carson Wentz should have given Howell a chance to adjust to the NFL. Now Bieniemy will have the opportunity to help Howell up his game as he did for a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Kansas City.
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