Patrick Mahomes can’t believe Eric Bieniemy still isn’t a head coach

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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes thought for sure he’d be losing his offensive coordinator, Eric Bieniemy, this year.

Mahomes told Dan Patrick that he was shocked Bieniemy wasn’t hired in the latest coaching cycle.

“It amazes me, honestly,” Mahomes said. “If you look at his track record, the way he’s able to coach us, the way he’s able to lead men, to be able to lead a locker room of people from every different background, every different race, everything like that, and to be the leader of a locker room is a special talent. He’s able to do that. And the way he’s able to go about calling plays throughout the game. We have Coach Reid, and Coach Reid calls plays, but there’s a ton of input from Coach Bieniemy and he calls a ton of plays in our game plan and it gets overlooked.”

The Chiefs have managed to reach back-to-back Super Bowls without losing any assistant coaches to head-coaching jobs elsewhere. Mahomes is disappointed for Bieniemy, but he’ll benefit from that.

50 responses to “Patrick Mahomes can’t believe Eric Bieniemy still isn’t a head coach

  1. Enough already, I’m tired of this over done whine. I guess if he’s that great, you’re lucky you have him

  2. Maybe more skilled businesses people think he sucks. If he was squeaky clean and innovative, he’d have a HC job.

  3. This obsession has just become odd. There’s something teams are seeing in interviews that they aren’t liking, or he would be a coach by now. It’s really that simple.

  4. Well Eric, welcome to the land of Romeo Crennell, Jim Caldwell, and Hue Douglas. Guys who are destined to be career assistant coaches. You could also add the names of Dick Lebeau, Dom Capers, and Kevin Gilbride, if you want to go old school.

  5. Patrick Mahomes is overwhelmingly responsible for the Kansas City Chief’s success. The coaching staff is just riding Mahomes’ coat-tails (just like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick situation).

  6. With the recent NFL head coaching hires, EB’s ego must be taking a big hit. This is really unprecedented in NFL norms. Reid was the primary play caller when he had Pederson and Nagy, so no real difference there. And the play calling thing is so overrated anyway. I mean special teams coaches get hired as head coaches. What type of plays are they calling? Coaching involves myriad of duties and abilities. Given his current pedigree, EB must be coming up blank on a lot of checkboxes.

  7. 1. He can’t interview in a timely manner because of playoffs
    2.He’s an OC that doesn’t call plays
    3.As least one player (Travis Kelce) didn’t respect him and apparently neither Andy Reid nor the organization for not cutting Kelce

  8. Well, I think what Patrick doesn’t understand is that nobody can “see” how he is “able to lead you”, etc.
    What the average Joe sees is that you have an OC who does NOT make the play calls in games, but rather just relays them from the Head Coach.

    The HC is given the credit by everyone, including broadcasters.

    So, with that perception, it’s likely that the perception is that the brains behind Eric is Andy Reid and they are fearful he really has not proven anything.

    I’m not saying this is my conclusion or opinion of him, just that I believe this is the PERCEPTION out there.

  9. If only the GM’s would believe what they heard from the media he’d be hired by now.

  10. Great indorsement, but all this talk puts more pressure on Eric Bieiemy when he interviews.

  11. Then he should talk big Andy into letting him call plays. That’s a huge red flag. His mouth says one thing but his actions say otherwise.

  12. All Pro QB
    All Pro WR
    All Pro TE

    Coach doesn’t trust him to call the plays but he’s the Offensive Coordinator…I’m guessing that will leave some teams skeptical off the top of his skills to be a head coach. It’s already hard to evaluate whether a coordinator’s skillset will translate to the broader role of head coach, which is a totally different animal. Just ask Wade Phillips. But exactly are you doing on game day if you’re the OC and not calling the plays?…

  13. Same. And given that the Seahawks keep proving that they’ve hit their ceiling under Pete Carroll, I’d gladly take EB as our new head coach and let Pete ride off into the sunset knowing that he’s the greatest coach in the history of our franchise.

  14. Bieniemy was lucky to not get the Houston gig, if he even wanted it. KC should just groom him to replace Reid in 2-3 years. That would be a great strategy for him and for the team.

  15. And I can’t believe it’s not butter!
    Wait, I can and can easily understand why Bieniemy wasn’t hired by anybody.
    Beyond the questions about how much power and influence on the offence he supposedly runs, why are so many people assuming that he wants to be a head coach, particularly in bad situations like so many of the openings were this year?
    It wouldn’t be a surprise that he’s fully aware of his surroundings and has taken that into account. He’s on a team with the best young quarterback in the league who just signed a lengthy extension, and a head coach who is in his sixties, and let’s be honest, not exactly the greatest of shape.
    Waiting a few years isn’t exactly a worst case scenario for his career prospects.

  16. So Mahomes tells us that EB and Andy both call plays, yet many armchair GMs who aren’t on the Chiefs sidelines every week insist that EB doesn’t call plays. Is Mahomes lying? Is Andy lying? How do you know that EB doesn’t call plays.

    Do tell.

  17. Kafka is Reid’s replacement, no one wants Bieniemy gone more than KC. Imagine the “blacklash” they’d get if they hired Kafka over EB in 3 years. My guess is EB is a college head coach next year, then we’ll see how he does at the HC level. I want him to do well, I’m just tired of the overplayed stories.

  18. Wow, so a 25yr old with 3 yrs experience in the NFL with one team is amazed that of the 3% or so NFL coaches he has experience with hasn’t been hired?

  19. AOC is glad Al Gore invented football and discovered Mexico says:
    January 29, 2021 at 6:33 am
    Patrick Mahomes is overwhelmingly responsible for the Kansas City Chief’s success. The coaching staff is just riding Mahomes’ coat-tails (just like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick situation).

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    Reid has been a very successful coach (without a ring) for nearly 20 years. Mahomes was just the tipping point. Now look at BB’s career with and without Brady.

  20. It seems pretty obvious to me that we have a strong football mind who needs to significantly improve his interview skills.

    If he can’t convince teams that he is a leader of men – that is on him….not the system. Period.

  21. Seriously, Mahomes should be happy he still has his coordinator. Some teams have their assistant coaches poached every season and it isn’t always easy replacing some of these guys. He’s a great player but that doesn’t mean they will replace the guy with someone better (if he does get hired to be a head coach one day.) Maybe also Bieniemy doesn’t interview as well as these other coaches, some coordinators aren’t cut out to be head coaches. That’s why there is turnover every year.

  22. Is it just me but I’ve seen Reid sitting next to Mahomes on the bench or talking to him without any other coach there. Too simplistic?…..I hope Bieniemy gets a job to put an end to the speculation.

  23. I think that his off field past may be coming back to haunt him. It’s certainly not good.

  24. He won’t be a head coach until the Chiefs bow out of the playoffs early. Teams need to have their coaches in place to begin hiring their staff. If you wait, you have a rookie head coach with a bunch of coordinators that nobody wanted or promote positional coaches that nobody else thought was good enough. That’s not a good way to start your head coaching career.

  25. Everyone thought Adam Gase was the next best HC with how the Broncos did with their offense. Lets see how he did. Oh also, Adam Gase had Peyton Manning.

  26. Probably more important than play calling for a prospective Head Coach is the ability to assemble a staff that a front office has confidence in.

    Who would have been Bienemy’s assistants? The only assistants of note on the Chief’s are staff is Mike Kafka and Andy Heck. I’m guessing the Chiefs aren’t going to let Kafka get away (probably next in line for the Chief’s OC job) and while Heck is a good O-line coach; he’s probably not going to be brought over to a new coaching staff to be an OC with another team (these days the next step for an O-line coach is an offensive “run game coordinator position and then a move to OC). So that leaves whomever else Bienemy knows around the league to assemble a staff. Maybe Bienemy knows assistants across the league to form a staff; maybe he doesn’t?

    Contrast that with Saleh’s hires. He probably went right into interviews with a clear plan. When you’re looking to hire a defensive coach; one of the first things you ask is what kind of offense do you plan to install and why? Saleh took Mike LeFleur (GB Head Coach’s brother and 49er’s Passing Game Coordinator) to be his OC. That’s a strong statement that Saleh wants to install a Shanahan like offensive system. Saleh also took 49er’s O-line Coach Jon Benton, 49er’s assistant Jon Embree to coach Running Backs, long time offensive assistant Greg Knapp (a senior set of eyes for new OC LeFleur) and DC Jeff Ulbrich linebackers coach and interim DC for the Falcons.

    Lots of times being able to climb the professional ladder depends on who you know. That goes for not only who you know that can hire you but what kind of talent you know that can get to work for you. One of the most important traits a Head Coach can have is being able to install a system and structure (not just offensive and defensive football systems but a coaching/personnel system/structure) to manage talented coaches and players.

  27. andyreidsmustache says:
    January 29, 2021 at 10:17 am

    AOC is glad Al Gore invented football and discovered Mexico says:
    January 29, 2021 at 6:33 am
    Patrick Mahomes is overwhelmingly responsible for the Kansas City Chief’s success. The coaching staff is just riding Mahomes’ coat-tails (just like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick situation).

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    I’m sorry but did Bill Parcels ride the coat tails of coordinator Bill Belichick for his success in two Super Bowls with the N.Y. Giants playing with 2 different quarterbacks!

  28. There’s got to be a back story on this or the guy would be hired. Hopefully after the SB some of this will leak out.

  29. With respect for the great and getting greater Mahomes, he’s got young, naive, and biased all working against him. He sounds like a kid arguing to another kid that his dad could have beat up Bruce Lee in his prime

  30. Mahomes said Andy calls the plays, then realized what he said and doubled back saying so does EB. We all know Andy is the one calling the shots.
    So Mahomes tells us that EB and Andy both call plays, yet many armchair GMs who aren’t on the Chiefs sidelines every week insist that EB doesn’t call plays. Is Mahomes lying? Is Andy lying? How do you know that EB doesn’t call plays

  31. Matt Nagy was the must hire “genius” a few years ago, how is he panning out…it was reids offence then and is reids offence now…hell almost half the teams have interviewed him the last 2 years and no job, that should scream something, and no it’s not what the media wants you to think…

  32. steveno9784 says:
    January 29, 2021 at 6:04 am
    This obsession has just become odd. There’s something teams are seeing in interviews that they aren’t liking, or he would be a coach by now. It’s really that simple.
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    Exactly – Some people dont interview well. Likely that is the issue. Time to move on from this story.

  33. He’s probably not a head coach for the same reason McDaniel is still with new England. Anyone coaching that much talent looks like a genius. I could probably be their oc and have a top ten offense

  34. The play call thing doesn’t make sense to me, see Gase, Adam. The more likely story is that teams are unwilling to wait for a coach in the SB. Which is why bad teams keep cycling bad coaches. It would be better to hire a great coach late than a mediocre coach early. However, availability is the greatest ability and all that. That’s why bad coaches keep getting jobs, they are avaliable.

  35. It may have something to do warn character issues. This guy was once banned from a college campus.

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