NFC East drama? Commanders players not thrilled with Eric Bieniemy
The team with the least buzz in the NFC East as far as expectations for the 2023 NFL season is the team sparking some coaching drama.
Apparently new offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has brought a little bit too much intensity during practice which isn’t sitting well with some players. Coming over from the Kansas City Chiefs where he coached an offense led by Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce, you would think the intensity brought by Bieniemy would be a welcome.
But, in the new age of the NFL, Bieniemy’s strong approach is making him an enemy amongst players, but for a coach out to do his job and light a spark in a Washington Commanders offense that has been near the bottom of the league, making enemies is exactly what he wants to do to get his message across.
"“I want our guys to clearly understand we don’t take anything for granted,” Bieniemy said, via ESPN. “You see me pull players and have long discussions with them so we’re always on the same page. Eric Bieniemy is who he is. Eric Bieniemy knows how to adapt and adjust. Eric Bieniemy is a tough, hard-nosed coach, but also understand I’m going to be the biggest and harshest critic but also their No. 1 fan. I got their back…all the time.”"
Not sure about the third-person approach, but Bieniemy is getting his point across at practice, but the question is whether he is riding players too hard. To compete in the NFC East, perhaps his approach is what the team needs to create some magic in 2023.