Report: Eric Bieniemy withdraws from consideration for Colorado job

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Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has removed himself from consideration for the head coaching job at the University of Colorado, according to Mike Klis of 9News.

Bieniemy, a Colorado alumnus, has been pursued by the school since previous head coach Mel Tucker bolted for a job at Michigan State last week. Bieniemy told the school Wednesday night he was no longer interested in the position and rebuffed further efforts from the school on Thursday.

Bieniemy is coming off a Super Bowl victory with the Chiefs and is likely to be a hot candidate for any openings in the NFL after the upcoming season as long as Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the Kansas City offense continue to shine. Bieniemy had interest from several teams this past cycle as well but was passed over for different candidates as the Chiefs season progressed into February.

Bieniemy is Colorado’s all-time leading rusher. He rushed for 3,940 yards with 4,351 all-purpose yards and 42 total touchdowns during his time in Boulder. He was a consensus All-American in 1990 as Colorado was named the national champion. Bieniemy also spent two seasons as offensive coordinator at Colorado under head coach Jon Embree in 2011 and 2012.

Bieniemy would join the Chiefs as a running backs coach in 2013 and has progressed to offensive coordinator as previous coordinators Doug Pederson (Eagles) and Matt Nagy (Bears) have left for head coaching jobs of their own.

12 responses to “Report: Eric Bieniemy withdraws from consideration for Colorado job

  1. Good call Bieniemy. I know it’s discouraging to keep getting passed over for big league gigs, but coaching up Mahomes and staying relevant is still your best chance to make it. In the meanwhile, enjoy working with a generational talent in Mahomes. This dream situation doesn’t come along often.

  2. It could possibly be a colossal mistake to leave the Chiefs when you have a prodigy under center that could help propel him further than any job with CU could hope to.

  3. Easy choice in the end. I know the prospect of this excited certain people, but leaving the reigning Super Bowl champs for crummy Colorado simply for the opportunity to be in charge would have been the wrong move for Bieniemy.

  4. He’s currently 3rd in line, possibly 4th, in KC to replace Reid.

    Kafka, Toub, then EB/Spagnola.

    I’m of the opinion Kafka will replace Reid in 2-3 years. Toub likely won’t get a shot despite years of being a top ST’s coach, and EB will go to a really bad team next year. I’d guess Miami or Detroit.

  5. He’d be out of football in 4 years. Think about the Buffs, they finished 5-7 the last 3 years. What would change except probably a worse record, then it’s downhill from there. Sorry, he’s not up for a college gig. It’s an easier gig being an assistant coach in the NFL.

  6. oscarxray says:
    February 21, 2020 at 9:07 am
    It’s better job security to be a pro offensive coordinator who isn’t allowed to call plays.

    Yeah just like the two previous offensive coordinators who both became head coaches.

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