The Washington Commanders offense may have had their worst practice day of the entire training camp on Saturday. They could hardly move the ball or enjoy a successful forward pass as the defense let them hear about it all practice long.
When first-year receiver Kyric McGowan dropped his second pass of the day, an exasperated Eric Bieniemy shouted to both no one and everyone that receivers have to catch the ball. When some extracurricular activity occurred after Benjamin St-Juste broke up a pass intended for tight end Cole Turner, Bieniemy demanded the team refocus and move on to the next play.
But as the second hour of practice wore on, Bieniemy seemed to wear out. When a false start backed up the second-team offense, the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator simply shook his head while looking at the ground. No more shouting across the field. The offense was thoroughly getting its butt beaten and everyone on the field knew it. What more did he have to say?
I’ve heard about and seen Bieniemy’s intensity for years dating back to when he took over as offensive coordinator with the Chiefs in 2018. It’s a hallmark of his coaching, and it apparently caught a lot of Commanders players by surprise this camp.
“They were a little concerned,” Commanders coach Ron Rivera told media Tuesday. “I’ve said, ‘Just go talk to him. Understand what he’s trying to get across to you.’ I think as they go and talk and listen to him, it’s been enlightening for a lot of these guys. It’s a whole different approach. You’re getting a different kind of player from the players back in the past, especially in light of how things are coming out of college football.
“A lot of these young guys, they do struggle with certain things. You also have to look at where they’ve been. Guys coming from certain programs are used to it; guys coming from other programs, not as much.”
I can understand why this Rivera quote…
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Author : Jonathan Jones
Publish date : 2023-08-08 18:49:35
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