If there was ever a ‘sure thing’ in the National Football League coaching circle this offseason, it was that Kansas City Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy was finally going to land a head coaching position.
When the regular season ended, it seemed like teams like the Texans, Chargers, Eagles and Falcons were lining up to get the chance to chat with Bieniemy.
Instead, the Texans hired surprise candidate Ravens assistant David Culley as their new coach, thus ending another offseason of coaching changes that again left Bieniemy out in the cold.
So what is it? Why is Bieniemy not getting to the finish line of a head coaching position when all we seem to hear every year is how great of a football mind he is and how much he has to do with the success of the Chiefs’ explosive offense?
One person who is flat out stunned that Bieniemy hasn’t been plucked away from the Chiefs is franchise quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who made an appearance on Thursday on The Dan Patrick Show.
Mahomes said via PFT that he thought Bieniemy’s leadership in the locker room and his input on plays would be enough to get him a head coaching job.
“If you look at his track record, the way he’s able to coach us, the way he’s able to lead men, to be able to lead a locker room of people from every different background, every different race, everything like that, and to be the leader of a locker room is a special talent,” Mahomes said.
“He’s able to do that. And the way he’s able to go about calling plays throughout the game. We have Coach Reid, and Coach Reid calls plays. But there’s a ton of input from Coach Bieniemy, and he calls a ton of plays in our game plan and it gets overlooked.”
Maybe it will take Bieniemy leaving Kansas City for a job that includes an assistant coaching title to finally convince someone to give him a head coaching job.
For whatever the reason, Bieniemy is a bridesmaid in the coaching circle of the NFL yet again this year, but winning another Super Bowl a week from Sunday could probably take a lot of that pain away.