Eric Bieniemy Sep 10, 2023; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Commanders assistant head coach/offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy walks down the sidelines during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

We’re only two weeks into the season, but the Washington Commanders’ offense looks like a powerhouse.

Give largely untested second-year quarterback Sam Howell some kudos. But the lion’s share of the credit should go to new offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

The Commanders won their second consecutive game Sunday, racking up 388 yards of total offense in a 35-33 road win against the Denver Broncos.

Howell passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns, with no turnovers, and running back Brian Robinson Jr. had 129 total yards and two scores. But again and again, Bieniemy called the right play at the right time to keep the Broncos off balance.

The 54-year-old Bieniemy long ago proved his credentials, serving as offensive coordinator for the high-powered Kansas City Chiefs offense from 2018 through 2022.

Once again last offseason, Bieniemy surfaced as a candidate for several open NFL head coaching positions, and once again, he interviewed and didn’t get a job. Earlier this year, The Ringer determined Bieniemy had gone through 16 head coaching interviews, with 15 different franchises, in recent years.

The knock on him with Kansas City, fair or not, is that he ran an offense designed by head coach Andy Reid, with Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and other stars making it purr.

Well, no one is comparing Howell, a fifth-round pick in 2022, to Mahomes, and Terry McLaurin is an underrated wide receiver, but he is not Tyreek Hill.

Bieniemy went viral on X (formerly Twitter) Sunday night, as fans talked about the Commanders’ offensive renaissance. If this continues, the speculation about Bieniemy finally landing a head coaching gig will become deafening.

[Mason Kinnahan]

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