Andy Reid looks forward to hearing why Eric Bieniemy wasn’t hired

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It’s not fair for Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy to have to explain why Bieniemy was offered none of the seven head-coaching vacancies filled last month by NFL teams. Bieniemy doesn’t know why he didn’t get one of the jobs.

Ultimately, the people who didn’t hire him should be the ones to answer those questions. Publicly, that likely won’t happen. Privately, it quite possibly will.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid plans to ask those questions.

“I did have the opportunity to talk to a lot of the either owners or General Managers that worked to interview him, presidents and so on,” Reid told reporters on Tuesday regarding Bieniemy, via James Palmer of NFL Media. “So I’ll be curious to hear their comments about how he did or why he wasn’t picked.”

Reid’s curiosity amplifies a point that an executive from a team that wasn’t hiring a coach or a G.M. made recently. For all minority candidates who don’t get hired, the decision-makers should be required to provide direct feedback explaining why the candidate wasn’t hired.

It could be done anonymously, with an online survey process that promotes candor regarding the things the team liked and didn’t like about the candidate. The feedback could be extremely valuable to the candidates, who could then address any perceived deficiencies for future hiring consideration.

If interviews of minority candidates are required in part to give minority candidates experience at interviewing, the experience has far less meaning without feedback. If, as some continue to suggest, Bieniemy didn’t get a job because he doesn’t “interview well,” give him some specifics as to what it is that causes people to come to that conclusion.

43 responses to “Andy Reid looks forward to hearing why Eric Bieniemy wasn’t hired

  1. This is an interesting take because I’m actually sick of all the excuses. We’ll hear the same ones next season at this time.

  2. Because Reid is still in charge of the offense. I will know he is not when he stops carrying the play sheet around with him.

  3. This is starting to remind me of trying to nicely breakup with an ex. FINE, you’ve put on some weight and you weren’t that cute to begin with. Happy now? ..she wasn’t.

  4. somebody get the whaaaambulance.
    he, like Daboll, wasn’t hired because it wasn’t the right fit.

  5. If you cant convince 2 or 3 men in a meeting\interview that you are a leader of men and the right man for the job, then you arent likely to be able to convince 60 men that you can lead them and command their respect. It doesn’t mean he couldn’t be a good coach, but its going to take a leap of faith by some owner/GM if he really intervires as poorly as we have been led to believe.

  6. Why wasn’t Eberflus hired? Or any of the coaches that did not get hired.

    Why is it only THIS guy that demands an answer?

  7. Well gee Andy, maybe his prior history from his college daze? Nobody seems to connect the dots.

  8. The Andy Reid coaching tree is the best in the NFL. If Reid is that strongly endorsing Bieniemy, putting his own reputation on the line, then asking why is a valid question. Maybe it’s as simple as these teams are inept at making good hiring choices . Watch in 2 years when the majority of these new hires are back on the streets

  9. Everybody is curious. They will probably be straight with Andy, to help Eric going forward.
    One article I read said he definitely had a plan on improving the teams going forward. The issue arrived when they asked for specifics. Kind of tough when you are fighting for a SB, and you have 7 or more interviews with different teams ongoing on your off days.

  10. People want younger and innovative. Just like when Pederson was there, the offense belongs to Reid.

    Don’t make this about color please.

    And whether you like it or not the dude has a past and it might scare people away.

  11. Why? So someone like you can go over their comments with a magnifying glass to try and fabricate reasons to defame the club and/or get a lawsuit filed against them?

  12. I love how people (just some) think he is whining. Didn’t hear a whine in there at all. What I did hear is a good leader who doesn’t mind developing good leaders. It’s common (maybe not enough) to ask why your people didn’t get hired. Good even. Because now he can understand what kind of environment he has to provide to help EB be successful.

    One commenter might be right…might be who is seen holding the clipboard. Gase sure got exposed when Manning was his OC. Oh wait…

  13. First of all, he doesn’t design the plays for the Chiefs. Second of all, he doesn’t CALL the offensive plays for the Chiefs. The dude is a glorified offensive quality coach, or QB coach. It’s just the truth of the matter. Stop making everything about race. It’s tiring seeing people constantly trying to make things about their narrative.

    They also continue to brush under all his past legal issues under the rug. The fact that Bieniemy continues to not bring any of that up as POSSIBLITY of why he isn’t being considered shows you he is playing into the untrue narrative.

  14. Feedback for anyone that isn’t hired would be valuable to them. Not just minorities. Teams might not like it though, when that feedback starts getting leaked to the media and used to make them look bad.

  15. I don’t know why but if you look at his off the field record it would be very easy to understand. If Biden had not killed the Me Too movement this would be a non conversation.

  16. Just because somebody carries a sheet around doesn’t mean anything, so many people ASSume too much.

  17. Doesn’t call plays and:

    Arrested after a 1988 bar fight
    charged in 1990 for interfering with a firefighter
    Traffic violations 4 time inclusive of arrests and charges in 1989, 1990, 1991 (4 times in 91)
    1993, Bieniemy was arrested for harassing a female parking attendant. He also made a comment about “a bunch of black males all at once being her worst nightmare” took off his pants and started urinating near her. Bieniemy was also named in an outstanding warrant on a charge of driving with a suspended license. As a result of this incident, Bieniemy was banned from the University of Colorado Boulder campus for one year.
    Arrested in 2001 for drunk driving.

    Obviously these charges were over 20 years ago and people certainly can change. But when you’re looking for someone to head your franchise people will always pass over you for others with no dirty laundry.

  18. They should provide every interview feedback, regardless of race, in order for those people to get better. The NFL isn’t the free market, and it’s in the best interest of the league for every candidate to get better.

  19. The idea of having the hiring people provide feedback afterwards is good. But why restrict that to minority candidates?

    It’s selectively applied practices and principles like those that ultimately dilute the whole thing. At least try to be be consistent.

  20. “For all minority candidates who don’t get hired, the decision-makers should be required to provide direct feedback explaining why the candidate wasn’t hired.”
    ———————

    CORRECTION: For ALL candidates, regardless of race, should be provided feedback.

  21. I am not on board with it being because Bieniemy is black but you can’t say it’s because of his past or because he doesn’t call the plays either. Being a great coordinator doesn’t equal being a great coach as we have all repeatedly seen. Bieniemy has some incidents he would have to speak on but so did Matt Patricia who dealt with it and then overshadowed it all by his terrible job as a head coach. When a guy strings together 2 decades without any issues it’s almost as ridiculous as saying it’s the color of his skin that has kept him out of the job.

  22. “Because Reid is still in charge of the offense. I will know he is not when he stops carrying the play sheet around with him.”

    Exactly. Ask Vikings fans how well Brad Childress did as a head coach, another Andy Reid offensive coordinator that doesn’t actually coordinate the offence (ie. call plays).

  23. It’s not a race thing, he’s a scumbag and shouldn’t be representing a team. Explain that one to your wife or daughter!

  24. Matt Nagy is a good enough reason.

    Chiefs have explosive offense
    Team hires OC as HC
    Team puts up 9 points in a playoff game they backdoored into. Generally completely underwhelming in the entire time the coach is there (offensively). Obviously wasn’t the guy that created the Chiefs offense or knew how to recreate what someone else built.

    Chiefs have explosive offense
    New OC with the same training and responsibilities Nagy had – interviews, doesn’t get job

    Why? See above.

  25. @toasteddonkey
    You can go as far back as Doug Pederson with that reasoning. The only time he called plays was against NE in the Chiefs playoff loss which was the drive which notoriously burnt a large amount of clock.
    Guy catches lightening in a bottle in 2017, Reich leaves and suddenly the offense splutters over the next two seasons.

    ITS ANDY’S OFFENSE

  26. Nathaniel Hackett, the OC of the GB Packers, didn’t even get a single interview for a head coaching job this year.

    Hackett has had an extensive and varied background in coaching dating all the way back to 2003.
    He’s fluent in several different kinds of offensive philosophies and he’s been an OC for three NFL teams.
    He’s also helped to spearhead an offense that led the league in scoring this season.
    And he’s done all this without being arrested. Ever.

    This isn’t the only example, just one of many.
    You can find “racial injustice” just about anywhere if you’re willing to look hard enough and you squint a bit.
    But it doesn’t necessarily make it so.

  27. If Andy Reid highly reommends him that should have some real meaning. The real questions should be: 1. Can he take my football team and make them a winning team! 2. Does my organization have the wherewithall to support my coach! 3. Can my organization withstand the ups and downs while developing a winning team!

  28. “For all minority candidates who don’t get hired, the decision-makers should be required to provide direct feedback explaining why the candidate wasn’t hired.”
    ———
    So now you want to coach the candidates in how to fool the people doing the hiring as long as their minorities? If your not hired it means you werent the best candidate, no different than any other position in football or the real world.

  29. Joe The Bartender says:

    February 2, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    If Andy Reid highly reommends him that should have some real meaning. The real questions should be: 1. Can he take my football team and make them a winning team! 2. Does my organization have the wherewithall to support my coach! 3. Can my organization withstand the ups and downs while developing a winning team!
    ——–
    You forgot the most important question, Is/was he the best candidate? 7 plus organizations have said no and that’s the opinion that matters most.

  30. Andy Reid looks forward to hearing why Eric Bieniemy wasn’t hired
    _____________________________

    I like you Andy but NO ONE owns you an explaination, NO ONE!

  31. I do agree, hire whoever you feel is the best fit for the team. But let’s not act like the great majority of the owners are getting it right year in and year out lol.

  32. OK let’s get one thing straight if there’s any OC that deserves a HC job more than any others it’s Pete Carmichael Jr who has been the face of the high octane Saints offense for 12+yrs, leading Brees to a SB and 4 of his five 5000yd seasons, Pete led the Saints to the most yardage in the league his first 6 seasons in a row and had the Saints in the top 9 in yardage every year as OC. Bieniemy’s record pales in comparision to Carmichaels and I don’t even think Pete got an interview this year, so if anyone deserves an explaination(though no one does) it’s Carmichael, not Bieniemy or Reid!

  33. Simple answer, NFL team OWNERS dont “need” to disclose why they didnt hire anybody. Maybe he interviewed badly, wasn’t prepared enough, too arrogant, “checkered past” could any number of reasons.

    Some posters on here have written that they think “we” or the coach being interviewed has a right to know. (How many of us normal people has called every interviewer of every job we didnt get?) Basically, the owner/GM doesnt need to give ANY reason. It’s their right to hire/fire anybody they want even if they have a contract. They will still have to pay guarenteed money though. Does the public or even Andy Reid really need to know somebody was arrogant or rude or didnt come prepared. Now be realistic. What owner wouldn’t hire the best candidate for the job, the coach that can win lots of games and put millions of more dollars in the owners greedy little pockets because he wasn’t white? Simple answer, none. Fact is Bienamy probably either doesnt interview well, or never called or drawn up plays or his VERY checked past was too much of a bad image for the team (especially woman being how that one parking lot attendant situation was pretty awful toward woman)…Maybe Mr Bienamy changed. Maybe it doesn’t show that during interviews…no story here.

  34. He didn’t get hired because his team is still busy. That’s pretty much it. Once the head music stops and teams start hiring head coaches, they *all* have to do it or else they risk losing out on the better coordinators and assistant coaches. Nobody wants to get stuck filling out their coaching staff the leftover coaches from a terrible team like the Jaguars or Jets unless you *want* that head coach to fail. Of course, a team could always go ahead with a wink-and-handshake deal and start hiring the coaches their potential new head coach wants, but that’s not binding, and you could have that head coach renege on the deal (like Josh McDaniels did to the Colts).

  35. When i was just passed over for a job they didnt even contact me. Should i get an explanation too?

  36. Until the league has a rule that no coaches can have more than a first interview (or maybe no interviews at all) until after the SB, then coaches for playoff teams up through the SB teams will be disadvantaged in all coaching searches. Time to level that playing field.

  37. At this point, Bieniemy should just stay with the Chiefs for a few more years and take over for Andy after he retires

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