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Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy once again finds himself heading back to the Kansas City Chiefs after failing to land a head coaching gig.
It seems as though every season Bieniemy, 52, spends on the Chiefs’ sideline will be his last. He has interviewed with 14 NFL teams in recent years, but is yet to be offered a head coaching job. That’s the story of Bieniemy’s yearly offseason cycle. Wash, rinse, repeat.
This year was no different, and Bieniemy has now verbally agreed to return to the Chiefs as their offensive coordinator next fall, a role he’s held since 2018.
“(Bieniemy’s) contract isn’t signed yet, but belief is it will get done,” Matt Verderame tweeted. “Chiefs supported Bieniemy as he interviewed with (other teams), but also want him back.”
REPORT: The #Chiefs anticipate Eric Bieniemy to return as their offensive coordinator in 2022, per @MattVerderame#SORN | #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/A2mbGrjMTT
— Sea of Red Nation (@seaofrednation) February 24, 2022
Bieniemy spent 10 seasons as a running back in the NFL. His playing career ended in 1999, and he joined the pro coaching ranks in 2006. He’s been on Kansas City head coach Andy Reid’s staff since the 2013 campaign and is widely regarded as one of the league’s top coordinators. Under Reid and Bieniemy, Kansas City has played in four consecutive AFC Championship Games.
They’ll try and make it five straight, come fall. And then it’ll likely be wash, rinse, repeat for Bieniemy in 2023.
Follow along on Twitter: @OhioAF
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There is something weird about EB. He has interviewed at least a dozen times over the past few years and not only didn’t get a HC job offer, but other minority coaches were hired ahead of him. Also Ryan Poles, the new Chicago GM, came from KC, knows EB well, but didn’t even give EB an interview! What’s up with EB? Not to go all conspiracy theory, but does the NFL and corporate media know something about EB that they are not telling?
It sure seems that way. For years now he has been touted as the latest genius coordinator and as a minority, should have had his pick of teams. Something doesn’t smell right.
It could be another Josh McDaniels situation, where the offensive success is derived from the QB and head coach and the league has figured that out. Bieniemy has Mahomes and Andy Reid. One has had great offenses for decades, and the other is one of the best QBs in the league. Bieniemy could leave tomorrow and the Chiefs wouldn’t change a bit.
14 teams didn’t want him for a head coach says something