Report: Eric Bieniemy remains candidate for Colorado job

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Eric Bieniemy remains a candidate for the Colorado head coaching job, Mike Klis of reports.

Klis adds that the Chiefs offensive coordinator should have “clarity on his situation . . . by the close of business Wednesday.”

That report follows news from earlier Monday that Colorado also was talking to Giants assistant coach Bret Bielema.

Colorado is seeking to replace Mel Tucker, who left for Michigan State.

The school reached out to Bieniemy last week and the Colorado alum began doing his due diligence. He has not yet received an opportunity to become an NFL head coach but is expected to be among the hottest candidates for 2021.

Bieniemy played for the Buffs from 1987-90 and is Colorado’s all-time leading rusher with 3,940 yards. He spent two seasons as Colorado’s offensive coordinator under head coach Jon Embree in 2011 and 2012.

Bieniemy joined the Chiefs as a running backs coach in 2013 after Embree’s staff was dismissed.

13 responses to “Report: Eric Bieniemy remains candidate for Colorado job

  1. Eric Bieniemy should be the Head Coach of the Detroit Lions this time next year. Hang tight, coach.

  2. Gettimg an NFL head coachin offer is never a sure thing, so staying ay KC doesn’t inevitably lead to that offer. And college coaches can get looks by the NFL especially when they have pro experience on their resume.

    Of course there’s the risk he doesn’t impress at Colorado.

  3. Bad move. Going to college will make him a dead ender. The NFL has had its fill of hiring college coaches.

  4. I don’t see how this is a question.

    I would not sign with them if they make you wait like this.

    He would be the best fit. As a former great it might be a lifetime job for him. It might just be his dream job.

  5. If he looks at the NFLs track record of hiring minority candidates he should be seriously considering packing his bags and getting a plane ticket to Colorado.

  6. Being a college head coach is mostly about recruiting. That’s why Nick Saban was mediocre at Michigan State and only became successful once he had the bag man boosters of SEC schools helping him recruit and win with stacked teams.

    Bienemy has never run a recruiting program. He doesn’t have any contacts. Many NFL coaches have failed in college because they can’t recruit.

    Pete Carroll was great at USC but he’s got charisma. He’s a natural recruiter. Bienemny may be great at X and )s but he seems to have the personality of a rock and could struggle at Colorado, a school that has subpar facilities compared to the top teams.

  7. There is zero upside to this job. If he stays in KC, he gets an NFL HC job next year. If he goes to CU, he may never get looked at again by an NFL team. Especially if he stinks up the joint.

    Then he returns to the NFL as a RB coach again and has to restart his NFL career from the beginning.

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