Eric Bienemy was recently named offensive coordinator for the Washington Commanders. Eric Bieniemy landed the coordinator position after winning the Superbowl with the Chiefs. Bieniemy begins his stint in Washington as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Former offensive coordinator Scott Turner was fired in January. Washington’s offense struggled to score points with Turner and the organization needed to hire an offensive guru.
Eric Bieniemy has been one of the best offensive minds in football. Kansas City had a top-10 offense under Bieniemy. Kansas City had the best offense in the league in 2022. Kansas City’s offense scored 29 points per game and scored in a creative fashion. Washington’s offense ranked 20th in 2022 and scored 18.9 points per game. Washington’s offensive woes started well before 2022. The Commander’s offense ranks from 2019-2021 are 31, 30, and 19. Washington’s offense averaged 19 points per game from 2019-2021.
Eric Bieniemy will be required to fix Washington’s offense. The question is, can he?
Who will Bieniemy be working with?
Eric Bieniemy joins an offense full of talent. Bieniemy inherits a consistent 1,000-yard receiver in Terry McLaurin, a talented young receiver in Jahan Dotson, a Swiss army knife in Curtis Samuel, and two good running backs in Brian Robinson Jr and Antonio Gibson. Washington’s skill players have made significant plays during their careers and Bieniemy should be able to use their unique skill sets to improve Washington’s offense. Bieniemy can install some trick plays like he did in Kansas City. Washington’s offense needs a boost and Bieniemy can use his experience to help Washington.
Quarterback is the biggest question mark on Washington’s offense. Washington will most likely cut Carson Wentz and Taylor Heinicke is an unrestricted free agent. Head coach Ron Rivera said Sam Howell will be quarterback one heading into the offseason. Howell played in one game in 2022. Bieniemy has worked with Patrick Mahomes for the past five seasons. Sam Howell still has a lot to prove and isn’t Patrick Mahomes. However, Howell has an opportunity to succeed with Bieniemy’s guidance.
What Offensive Scheme will Bieniemy Use?
Eric Bieniemy will use the West Coast offense in Washington. Former Coach Bill Walsh described the offense as a ball-control offense that features short passes and quick slanting pass routes by receivers and running backs. Bieniemy’s west coast offense will help Sam Howell get rid of the ball quickly and keep the chains moving.
Operating an offense in the NFL is challenging. Offensive Coordinators have to put their players in position to make plays and succeed on the gridiron. Additionally, offensive coordinators have to access their player’s strengths and weaknesses. Eric Bieniemy did a fantastic job calling plays for Kansas City. Commander fans will have to wait and see if he can fix an offense stuck in park.
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