Alex Smith finds it “ridiculous” Eric Bieniemy doesn’t have head coaching job

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Only one head coaching job remains open and Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy remains waiting. Bieniemy is a candidate for the Texans’ job and has strong support from quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Washington quarterback Alex Smith, who worked with Bieniemy for five seasons in Kansas City, finds it difficult to believe Bieniemy doesn’t already have a head coaching job.

Eleven teams have hired head coaches over the past year, and all passed on Bieniemy.

“Yeah, I think it’s ridiculous that he hasn’t been hired yet,” Smith said on the Yahoo Sports NFL podcast with Charles Robinson and Terez Paylor, via NBCSportsWashington.com. “I know the interview process is weird with a team still in [the playoffs]. But regardless, I don’t see how you can excuse it.”

Bieniemy doesn’t call plays in Kansas City; head coach Andy Reid does.

But being an NFL head coach entails more than Xs and Os, and plenty of recent head coaching hires haven’t called the plays before getting a promotion.

“I think Eric’s No. 1 quality — and it was apparent from the first day I met him — was his leadership,” Smith said. “Leadership ability, a true leader of men. He was a guy that had played for a long time. He was a great teacher, commanded respect because he gave respect also.”

Ron Rivera, Doug Pederson and Matt Nagy all got head coaching jobs after working under Reid. All three led their teams to the playoffs.

“To have been in that system, to have been kind of groomed and brought up with all those guys — certainly with Andy [Reid] but certainly to see Doug [Pederson] and Nags [Matt Nagy] — I don’t see how you could be more ready,” Smith said.

8 responses to “Alex Smith finds it “ridiculous” Eric Bieniemy doesn’t have head coaching job

  1. So why hasn’t he been offered a head coaching job? Everybody that has worked with him loves and praises his work.
    He seems to check all of the boxes except that he was a running back and not a quarterback.

  2. Maybe he doesnt interview well? we’ve all had job interviews that didn’t go as we hoped.

  3. He’s not “the guy” in Kansas City making the offense go and he has some skeletons in the closet

  4. McDaniels, Patricia, Vrabel, and so many other New England coaches were not “the guy” in New England but they all got hired as head coaches quickly

  5. correctingerrors says:
    January 21, 2021 at 7:46 pm
    McDaniels, Patricia, Vrabel, and so many other New England coaches were not “the guy” in New England but they all got hired as head coaches quickly
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    OH but McDaniels is “the guy” when it comes to the Pats offense, unlike Eric in KC! Josh breaks down the game tape, gameplans the plays to run against those teams, designs the plays, has a 400+ play playbook and he calls the plays, how much of that does Bieniemy actually do?

  6. Good coordinators like Bieniemy don’t get opportunities when their team goes deep into the playoffs, and this is the third straight year the Chiefs will be in the AFC Championship game. Most teams with head coaching vacancies don’t want to wait too long because once one team hires a head coach, the better coordinators and assistants will start getting hired. If you wait until after the Super Bowl to hire a head coach, he’ll likely be saddled with the leftovers and rejects that no other team wanted on their coaching staff, or you’ll get the situation like the Colts had with McDaniels where that guy can renege on the deal because there was never anything official.

  7. “Yeah, I think it’s ridiculous that he hasn’t been hired yet,” Smith said
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    And you know what’s even more ridiculous, that Pete Carmichael don’t have or has even been considered for a HC position! He’s been the Saints OC for 12yrs, 4X as long as Bieniemy has been a OC and Carmicheal designs and call the plays of a team that’s had the 3rd longest streak of being a top 10 offense since 1970. You can cry all you want about Bieniemy not getting a HC job but Carmicheal deserves it 10X more that Eric does, PERIOD!

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