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Vikings give Bienemy raise, new title to keep him from USC

It turns out that Kennedy Pola wasn’t Lane Kiffin’s first choice to become offensive coordinator at USC.  (Although we doubt Pola was the sixth choice, like Kiffin was for the head coaching job.)

Vikings coach Brad Childress told Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that Vikings running back coach Eric Bienemy was given a raise and the title of assistant head coach to help prevent him from jumping ship to Lane Kiffin’s staff.

Childress said earlier this week Bienemy is the best running back coach in the league that has a bright future in the league. 

“You’re talking about giant money and it costs giant money to live [in
Southern California]. It was extremely appealing and maybe you become a
head coach in college,” Childress said Saturday.  “But I think he has the ability to be a head coach
at this level. He’s a tremendous teacher.”

The Vikings backed up Childress’ words with action, and successfully kept a quality coach.  (Which wound up indirectly pissing Jeff Fisher off.)

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43 Responses to “Vikings give Bienemy raise, new title to keep him from USC”
  1. Favre'sDirtyWranglers says: Jul 24, 2010 7:47 PM

    (Although we doubt Pola was the sixth choice, like Kiffin was for the head coaching job.)
    ZING

  2. schooney says: Jul 24, 2010 7:50 PM

    Will he show up for pre season camp or be back at his farm driving his tractor and spreading the Farve sh–

  3. TiceWasBetter says: Jul 24, 2010 7:51 PM

    After he humiliated Adrian Peterson on that video for NFL Network I would’ve fired Bienemy.
    He’s not that good of a coach if he can’t teach one the best running backs how to use patience for the hole to open, and oh yeah whats the other thing thats important to teach a running back…? Oh, I know, holding onto the frickin’ ball.
    Bienemy is a joke as a running back coach, most around the NFL know it.
    Except Childress of course.

  4. OJ SIMPSON says: Jul 24, 2010 7:56 PM

    AP and Toby Gerhart won’t let down their RB coach

  5. onlymyopinionmatters says: Jul 24, 2010 8:04 PM

    Who cares about Bienemy, I want more Favre updates.
    We need more news about the greatest NFL QB of all time. Please post some refreshers on how he spanked the Green Bay Pukers twice last year. Let’s hear how all the fat women in Wisconsin ignore their lazy husbands so they can watch for any updates on America’s hero.

  6. rayg says: Jul 24, 2010 8:10 PM

    Keeping With Bienemy

  7. mike says: Jul 24, 2010 8:19 PM

    Hate to say it but a smart move by Bienemy. Got more money and a promotion after all he’s going to be in so cal in a yr or so anyway.

  8. Walleyeman says: Jul 24, 2010 8:22 PM

    I would of let him go.

  9. bigbolt says: Jul 24, 2010 8:24 PM

    Bienemy was a hell of a RB in college. He was fun to watch.

  10. Setobakura says: Jul 24, 2010 8:31 PM

    Sleeping with Bienemy

  11. philwauke says: Jul 24, 2010 8:46 PM

    fumbling coordinator….

  12. Bob Nelson says: Jul 24, 2010 8:52 PM

    With such low revenues the vikings have one of if not the cheapest coaching staffs in the NFL.
    They are also not very well known.
    I think this assistant faked out Childress. After seeing so many other fake out Childress he learned and had the right opportunity.
    He is going to Southern California soon enough.

  13. JimmySmith says: Jul 24, 2010 8:53 PM

    Ya, he is such a great coach that Peterson was likely to fumble 10 times instead of the mere (and league leading) 7 that he dropped.
    Did Beinemy teach Peterson how to not take a hand off inside the 5 yard line and give up a sure touchdown? What makes him such a great coach, the fact that he hasn’t been charged with sexual harrassment like other Viking assistant coaches? Or maybe Klink just needs an assistant head coach to stand there and count to 11 and stop, Klink only has 1o fingers to anything above that tends to tax his capacity to think.

  14. Dragonfly9 says: Jul 24, 2010 8:59 PM

    Another big raise to a mediocre assistant. Zygi always has the money to spread around except to pay his fair share for a new stadium.

  15. johnny1979 says: Jul 24, 2010 9:00 PM

    Why would anyone want to coach with Lane Kiffin?

  16. Mason222 says: Jul 24, 2010 9:08 PM

    Rememeber BEST SEASON EVER IN NFL HISTORY TOBY GERHEART ROOKIE SEASON EVEN GREATER THAN PETERSONS Lose at the MOST 1 game and win Superbowl Toby and Adrian will become greatest tandem ever in a backfield, I GUARANTEE IT!

  17. SeriousRadio says: Jul 24, 2010 9:18 PM

    Fisher shouldn’t complain since he stole Norm Chow from USC when Chow was the the Offensive Coordinator at USC. Payback is a muthuh, isn’t it Jeff…besides, anyone in the coaching career knows that you have to jump on opportunities as they present themselves. Obviously Kennedy didn’t leave Fisher if Fisher made him feel as if he had a future with the Titans. Fisher just dumped some bad karma on himself. Everyone else in coaching knows he’s just whining…and not being very professional.

  18. Dial-A-Cliche says: Jul 24, 2010 9:36 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    “What makes him such a great coach, the fact that he hasn’t been charged with sexual harrassment like other Viking assistant coaches? ”
    __________________________________
    Former Green Bay tight end Mark Chmura was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame on Saturday July 17th 2010, despite a career that was tarnished by a sexual assault allegation. At Mark Chmura’s high-profile sexual assault trial, a 17 year old girl accused him of sexually assaulting her in a bathroom during a post-prom party in April 2000. The girl was known the Chmura family and was a babysitter to Chmura’s children.
    Current Packer Defensive end Johnny Jolly is facing drug charges in Houston after his July 2008 arrest outside a club for possession of at least 200 grams of codeine. If convicted, Jolly faces up to 20 years in prison.
    Green Bay Packers cornerback Brandon Underwood is reportedly under investigation for sexual assaulting a prostitute…
    Want to keep going Jimmy?
    You and Bob Nelson are hypocrites of the first magnitude. It would not surprise any of us to know you both have criminal records for pandering.

  19. FumbleAllDay says: Jul 24, 2010 9:42 PM

    Bring in somebody that can teach fundamentals like holding onto the ball instead of trying to run over people when your legs are already wrapped up. Even the stuttering moron emmitt smith was smart enough to know when to go down. Maybe bring him in for tv coach, lord knows he won’t ever be allowed to return to commentating

  20. efangule says: Jul 24, 2010 9:45 PM

    Bienemy Mine.

  21. GBPackers says: Jul 24, 2010 9:52 PM

    Adrian Peterson. Fumbles.

  22. sadclown40 says: Jul 24, 2010 10:39 PM

    I love the Packers fans ripping AD. He is more talented than ANY player on the whole Packers roster. He has plenty of time to get the fumbles under control. Arguably the best running back ever had more fumbles than AD his first 3 seasons and I don’t hear too many people talking about his fumbling issues.
    Walter Payton first 3 years: 9, 10, and 11 fumbles.
    Adrian Peterson first 3 years: 4, 9, and 6 fumbles.
    Dial-A-Cliche,
    You are spot on about Jimmy and Bob. These two morons and their holier than thou attitude about the packers players and organization is disturbingly delusional.

  23. GBPackers says: Jul 24, 2010 10:59 PM

    sadclown40 says: July 24, 2010 10:39 PM
    I love the Packers fans ripping AD. He is more talented than ANY player on the whole Packers roster. He has plenty of time to get the fumbles under control. Arguably the best running back ever had more fumbles than AD his first 3 seasons and I don’t hear too many people talking about his fumbling issues.
    Walter Payton first 3 years: 9, 10, and 11 fumbles.
    Adrian Peterson first 3 years: 4, 9, and 6 fumbles.
    Dial-A-Cliche,
    You are spot on about Jimmy and Bob. These two morons and their holier than thou attitude about the packers players and organization is disturbingly delusional.
    ===================================
    Did you not read the article assclown?? While all of Green Bay greatly respects AP for his insane skill, you completely missed out on why people are responding this way. Saying how great a teacher the Queens running back coach is, but fails to mention the he can’t teach the “best running back” to hang on to the ball. AP is GREAT, honestly, but he is by no means SWEETNESS! Oh and by the way, your stats mean absolutely nothing!!
    AP’s Stats:
    1,383 yards 4.4 avg. 6 fumbles
    Grant’s Stats:
    1,253 yards 4.4 avg. —->0 fumbles

  24. whodaywhodat says: Jul 24, 2010 11:13 PM

    You know your from Minnesota if you consider a six inch snowfall a blessing for “the cities” because it provides instant urban renewal.

  25. PurpleRaid12 says: Jul 24, 2010 11:32 PM

    I must say JimmySmith, you sure do struggle for material…

  26. sadclown40 says: Jul 24, 2010 11:38 PM

    GBPackers,
    I did the read the article yes. I posted that stat to try to show that AD has plenty of time to correct his fumbling issues and i thought that showing the best running back ever had an even worse fumbling problem would back that statement. I by no means was saying AD was going to be the greatest back ever. I find it funny that you say the stats I posted mean nothing even though they clearly state the point I was trying to make. Then, you post a stat comparing AD and Ryan Grant and actually try to make me look like the moron. What statement were you trying to make and prove with those stats exactly?

  27. JimmySmithLicksBalls says: Jul 24, 2010 11:52 PM

    Kiffen is clearly the biggest scumbag in coaching;with the possible exception of Nick Saban. he is definitely the next coach of the Green Bay Packers! They are always in seach of the next dirtbag to run their team.

  28. rraider says: Jul 25, 2010 12:38 AM

    All this AP\green bay talk……..the article is about Eric bienamy and kiffin. And Kiffins lack of professionalism. And kiffin not getting his suppopsedly 1st choice.
    Kiffen is a tool- he even tarnished his own dad’s legacy. he gts his dad to to commit to coming to tennsessee in december of a playoff hunt and the Buc’s lose last 4 to miss playoffs….he couldnt wait a month?????? screwed Gruden…..screwed TB….then turned around and screwed Tennessee just for good measure……….
    Anybody that would jump to coach with a program on 2 year probation either got an unwarranted promotion(palo) or got paid (palo)….and burned a good NFL bridge in the process……………….he is young and desperate…………
    Good move Bienamy, even if it was a no brainer.

  29. defensiveplaymaker says: Jul 25, 2010 12:41 AM

    Are you kidding me? If he’s the running backs coach isn’t he partly to blame for Peterson’s lack of focus with fumbling the ball so much? Peterson had a horrible year with fumbles last year and what do the Vikings do? That’s right give the running backs coach a raise. I just don’t get some of the moves the Vikings make. Bienemy better get Peterson to focus on holding onto the ball better and earn his new money!!

  30. tradebait9 says: Jul 25, 2010 1:05 AM

    ANOTHER post by BOB NELSON that confirms what an idiot his is.

  31. Gophersnot says: Jul 25, 2010 1:57 AM

    At least Bienemy pays his taxes, right Packer fans. How about your coaches?

  32. johnko says: Jul 25, 2010 4:55 AM

    for cheesheads and vikes alike
    http://blog.ted.com/2010/05/can_we_eat_to_s.php

  33. GBPackers says: Jul 25, 2010 10:49 AM

    # sadclown40 says: July 24, 2010 11:38 PM
    GBPackers,
    I did the read the article yes. I posted that stat to try to show that AD has plenty of time to correct his fumbling issues and i thought that showing the best running back ever had an even worse fumbling problem would back that statement. I by no means was saying AD was going to be the greatest back ever. I find it funny that you say the stats I posted mean nothing even though they clearly state the point I was trying to make. Then, you post a stat comparing AD and Ryan Grant and actually try to make me look like the moron. What statement were you trying to make and prove with those stats exactly?
    ====================================
    AssClown,
    All these dildos that compare stats drive me crazy!! I was clearly showing how your statement means nothing because on paper, you clearly would have wanted Grant over Peterson. Now we all know that isn’t true(GB would kill for a RB like Peterson).
    Let me ask this to Queen fan:
    A-Rod threw for more then 4000 yards in both his first two years starting—with a great TD to INT ratio. Brett? Not so much. Does this mean A-Rod will be one of the greatest QB’s ever??? Does it mean he has a chance??

  34. NoGravyForSconnies says: Jul 25, 2010 11:38 AM

    “Does it mean he has a chance??”
    no GBPackers, i’m afraid that he does not have a chance because like your said stats mean nothing when you’re in your 6th season and you’re only 17-15 with 0 playoff wins.
    however it also does not mean he’s a horrible qb. in some ways he still has promise. if he can play another 3 or 4 seasons i think there is every chance that he could win a playoff game before finishing his 9 year career .

  35. okemon says: Jul 25, 2010 2:20 PM

    no defense focus’ on grant like they do AP, and im glad AP’s fumbling went down last year and I hope his fumbling goes down more this year.
    Part of the problem with AP’s fumbling is his physique… he has very large biceps that keep him from holding the ball in tight. another problem is his desire to keep fighting long after the play is dead.
    He’ll work on the fumbling and hopefully this is the year that will show us some results.

  36. GBPackers says: Jul 25, 2010 2:38 PM

    NoGravyForSconnies says: July 25, 2010 11:38 AM
    “……6th season and you’re only 17-15 with 0 playoff wins.”
    =====================================
    WTF?!?! Another Queen TRYING to talk/compare stats. Another complete swing and a miss!! Look, A-Rod has only PLAYED TWO SEASONS, and has only been on the team for five seasons!!!!! Where does SIX come in to the equation?? Just remember AssClown and BabyGravy, the fact that NO ONE understands you does not make you an artist…..

  37. NoGravyForSconnies says: Jul 25, 2010 3:26 PM

    I’m sorry GBPackers, was that wrong? Isn’t GA-rod going into his 6th season and about to turn 27? And isn’t his record 17-15 with 0 playoff wins?

  38. sand0 says: Jul 25, 2010 4:57 PM

    Do Packer fans even realize that Peterson is widely regarded as one of the best backs in the league? Or that our running back production is one of the key reasons the team has improved for 3 straight seasons and won the division the last two?
    Or do they realize that THEY are the ones with the budget staff and players. Vikings spend more money on coaching and they spend more money on players. It shows on the field as well.
    I swear half these “packer fans” are sick minded Vikings fans just trying to make packer nation look more retarded than it is.

  39. NoGravyForSconnies says: Jul 25, 2010 5:20 PM

    GBPackers, all i was trying to say is that rodgers is going into his 6th season and his record is lifetime 17-15 with 0 playoff wins. is that not correct??? i mean come on, the average nfl players career is like 5 years so rodgers doesn’t have that much time left to try to win a playoff game.
    plus he’s never beaten favre once in his career and he fumblekicked his only chance for a playoff win.

  40. GBPackers says: Jul 25, 2010 6:36 PM

    # NoGravyForSconnies says: July 25, 2010 3:26 PM
    I’m sorry GBPackers, was that wrong? Isn’t GA-rod going into his 6th season and about to turn 27? And isn’t his record 17-15 with 0 playoff wins?
    =====================================
    BabyGravy,
    Yes you were wrong you anal buccaneer! You just stated that A-Rod is IN his 6th season with a record of 17-15! The Pack haven’t even started training camp, much less the regular season. You keep dropping incorrect stats you are going to have to change your user name to: KornheiserThePoleSmoker.
    ***You must remember that the average life for players is greatly affected by busts like Demitrius Underwood and Erasmus James, who bring that average way down.

  41. NoGravyForSconnies says: Jul 25, 2010 11:05 PM

    okay so GBPackers, in a few weeks will it be okay to say that GA-Rod is IN his 6th season? Or will he always just be the oldest rookie in the history of the world??
    he’s already been in the league longer than the average career of an nfl player, i give him a couple more years tops and that’s it, let’s not pretend he’s gonna be another favre and set records, win sb ring, etc. etc. i hope brohm or whoever is ready to go.

  42. whodaywhodat says: Jul 26, 2010 8:39 AM

    # NoGravyForSconnies says: July 25, 2010 11:05 PM
    okay so GBPackers, in a few weeks will it be okay to say that GA-Rod is IN his 6th season? Or will he always just be the oldest rookie in the history of the world??
    he’s already been in the league longer than the average career of an nfl player, i give him a couple more years tops and that’s it, let’s not pretend he’s gonna be another favre and set records, win sb ring, etc. etc. i hope brohm or whoever is ready to go.
    ===================================
    HAH ok, says the fan who doesn’t even know who their starting QB is this year…….

  43. GBPackers says: Jul 26, 2010 10:31 PM

    # whodaywhodat says: July 26, 2010 8:39 AM
    # NoGravyForSconnies says: July 25, 2010 11:05 PM
    okay so GBPackers, in a few weeks will it be okay to say that GA-Rod is IN his 6th season? Or will he always just be the oldest rookie in the history of the world??
    he’s already been in the league longer than the average career of an nfl player, i give him a couple more years tops and that’s it, let’s not pretend he’s gonna be another favre and set records, win sb ring, etc. etc. i hope brohm or whoever is ready to go.
    ================= ==================
    HAH ok, says the fan who doesn’t even know who their starting QB is this year…….
    ——————————————————
    C’mon buddy, no you are tearin’ me up. Brohm is long gone, and Flynn is actually pretty solid. With no Favre at the helm he would most definitely be the starter in Queensville. I hope that A-Rod is not another Favre, one super bowl win in 20 years as starting QB isn’t exactly great. I dont pay $1500 for my pair of season tickets to watch Corey Webster sit on an a duck when their are 3 much better options:
    http://www.620wtmj.com/shows/johnjagler/67532532.html

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