Here’s what the Houston Texans should do in the next two weeks: 1) Hire Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy as head coach; 2) Hire Chiefs assistant director of player personnel Ryan Poles or Michael Bradway as general manager.
Monday afternoon, after an 0-4 start, the Texans ditched head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien, another failed Bill Belichick assistant. O’Brien made a mess of the Texans. His feud with DeAndre Hopkins ended with the star receiver traded to Arizona, leaving $40-million quarterback Deshaun Watson without a number one receiver. A year ago, O’Brien’s desperation to win caused him to give away Houston’s top picks in 2021 for offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.
The Texans are a mess. Watson has looked erratic. Injuries and age are slowing defensive star J.J. Watt.
The Texans need leadership on the sideline and in the front office. With their investment in Watson, the McNair family should look to Kansas City for a blueprint on harnessing and maximizing the talent of a $40-million QB.
Bieniemy is the obvious choice to get first crack at molding Watson.
Why wait three months to start the process? Why give these valuable three months of evaluation time to interim coach Romeo Crennel? Screw NFL hiring protocol and go for Bieniemy right now.
Commissioner Roger Goodell can’t say no. And neither should Chiefs owner Clark Hunt and head coach Andy Reid.
The league has swallowed the Black Lives Matter police brutality gimmick. Jacob Blake’s name is splattered on the back of NFL helmets. Phony slogans are painted on the back of end zones. A quarter of the league’s players are refusing to participate in the national anthem.
It’s the National Gestures League.
I’ve been saying for months JOG — Jobs Over Gestures.
Eric Bieniemy is a black coach. He has qualified for the right to fail or succeed as a head coach the same as Bill O’Brien, Matt Patricia, Romeo Crennel, Charlie Weis, Josh McDaniels and Joe Judge, a few of the apples off Bill Belichick’s tree.
I’d much rather see the NFL ignore protocol and make Bieniemy the Texans coach immediately than see the players continue their grandstanding, social media-driven gestures.
Ryan Poles and Mike Bradway are Chiefs general manager Brett Veach’s top lieutenants. Poles has been with the Chiefs for 12 years. He’s worked his way up the NFL ladder from scouting assistant. Poles is black. Bradway is the son of former NFL general manager Terry Bradway. Bradway worked in the Eagles organization for a decade and moved over to Kansas City two years ago. Poles and Bradway are in their 30s.
They’ve been groomed by Reid and Veach.
Why should the Chiefs risk disrupting their coaching staff and front office in the middle of the season?
Because it would be an awesome look for Andy Reid and Clark Hunt. They would be authentically supporting diversity rather than condoning the disingenuous gestures preferred by the league’s players. The athletes want to spend all day second-guessing the actions of police officers dealing with resisting criminal suspects. Adults should take meaningful action to create opportunities for qualified people.
Bieniemy is qualified for the opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL.
I’m not convinced he’ll be a success. I was disappointed he didn’t take the head job at his alma mater, Colorado. Successful head coaches have huge egos. They believe they can win anywhere. I’m also skeptical of his impact on Andy Reid’s offense. It’s Reid’s offense. Reid is the guy mentoring Patrick Mahomes. Just like Reid was the guy mentoring Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick.
There’s a better chance Bieniemy is the next Matt Patricia, the guy who got partial credit for Belichick’s defense in New England, than he is the next Doug Pederson, who won a Super Bowl in Philly after caddying for Reid.
But Bieniemy has earned his chance to sink or swim.
The other reason I’d let Bieniemy leave Kansas City immediately is because he’s going to be distracted the rest of the season. The woke sports media are going to distract him. It’s already started. Within minutes of the Texans firing O’Brien, speculation turned to Bieniemy as the perfect candidate to groom Watson.
Bieniemy’s mind is going to wander. Leaving now would be a wonderful headstart for him. Crennel could remain the interim coach for the remainder of the season while Bieniemy and Poles/Bradway evaluated the roster, coaching staff and culture.
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