The Washington Commanders Looking For Head Coach To Replace Ron Rivera
The Washington Commanders’ offensive future has been in somewhat of a pickle ever since leading offensive-minded head coaching candidates, Ben Johnson and Bobby Slowik, both dropped out of the race to remain with their respective current organizations.
As a result, the Commanders, under new owner Josh Harris and even new GM, Adam Peters, went for former Atlanta Falcons head coach and Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn, in order to, amongst many things, help fix the NFL’s worst defense in 2023.
Now, the question remained: what would the Commanders do about the offensive side of the ball. Under new offensive coordinator, former Kansas City Chiefs OC – Eric Bieniemy – the offense took strides in the right direction, and there was palpable promise shown from former 5th round draft pick and 2nd year pro, Sam Howell.
What Will The Washington Commanders Do With Eric Bieniemy?
Instead of sticking with Bieniemy, the Commanders have decided to move on from the 2 x Super Bowl winner, and hire a potentially…polarizing figure in former Arizona Cardinals head coach, Kliff Kingsbury – Peter Schrager reports.
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— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) February 5, 2024
Kliff Kingsbury The New Offensive Coordinator In Washington
After an 11th hour dropout from the OC position at the Las Vegas Raiders, it seems like Texas native finally has a new home.
Kliff Kingsbury’s track record is somewhat of a Rorschach test; you see what you want to see.
On the one hand, he aided in the development of the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech, and then Cardinals franchise quarterback, Kyler Murray, during his 3 years at the helm in Arizona. Both have turned into excellent players and are undeniably talented individuals.
However, on the flip side, Murray has had just one winning season in the pros, and his inconsistency in play reeks of someone who has not had his full ability extracted – although it is difficult to state how much of that is self-motivation as opposed to coaching.
And, of course, Kingsbury somehow managed to have a losing record over the 3 year span with which he had Mahomes – now widely regarded as the NFL’s best quarterback, and uncontestable face of the league. Not to mention the fact that Mahomes’ rawness out of college does not paint a favorable picture to Kingsbury’s ability to develop quarterbacks, although in fairness, the majority of non-elite program QBs are all somewhat raw when they turn professional.
Let’s see what Kingsbury can do in Washington with likely another rookie quarterback, as the Commanders are set to pick a QB from this year’s strong class with the 2nd overall pick.