Earlier this week, Commanders head coach Ron Rivera admitted to putting his foot in his mouth after mentioning in a press conference that some of Washington’s players had concerns about offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy’s coaching style.
On social media, a few of Bieniemy’s former athletes defended the coach, notably Dolphins and former Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
The defense of Bienimey did not stop at Hill though. Patrick Mahomes, the superstar quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, was questioned about the remarks made against his former offensive coordinator during his press conference on Friday.
“He’s going to hold you accountable whenever you don’t even want to hold yourself accountable. And it made me a better player.Patrick Mahomes
Bieniemy and Mahomes went on to win two Super Bowls together in Kansas City. Bienimey was the offensive coordinator of the Chiefs ever since Mahomes took over as the team’s starting quarterback in 2018.
While the pairing was pure dynamite for the team, Bienimey has been hoping to get a head coaching position somewhere in the NFL. This offseason, Bieniemy moved to Washington to serve as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator of the organization.
“I think what he said that was the biggest thing is that he’s your No. 1 supporter, though. He will go to war with you just like any other guy on your team. And you’ve got to know that. And you’ve got to know when he’s talking to you on the football field, that he’s trying to get the best out of you. He’s not trying to put you down. He’s trying to push you to be even better than you think you can be.Patrick Mahomes
It will be very interesting to see how this situation in Washington plays out over the course of the season. Head Coach Ron Rivera may find himself on the hot seat if the Commanders are not competitive over the course of the season. This could ultimately lead to Bienimey gaining the coaching position he has wanted over the last few seasons.