Report: Eric Bieniemy, Andy Reid to meet soon about Bieniemy’s future with Chiefs

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The 2021 season was the final one of Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy’s contract and it’s unclear if he will be back with the team for another run in 2022.

Clarity about how things will play out will reportedly be coming soon. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Bieniemy is expected to meet with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid soon to discuss whether they will continue working together.

Bieniemy has been on Reid’s staff since 2013. He spent his first five seasons as the team’s running backs coach and the last four seasons as the offensive coordinator.

Per the report, Bieniemy could coach in college or take a year off if he does not remain with the Chiefs.

If Bieniemy does not return, the team won’t be able to turn to the likeliest in-house replacement from this season’s staff. Quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka signed on to become the Giants offensive coordinator after Brian Daboll was hired as that team’s head coach.

25 responses to “Report: Eric Bieniemy, Andy Reid to meet soon about Bieniemy’s future with Chiefs

  1. It does feel like the Chiefs are ready for him to move on. Hes kind of created a log jam on the offensive side where guys like Kafka couldnt move up any further. Supposedly Andy was really high on Kafka. They probably do another one year deal with the expectation he moves on after the season either as HC or OC. That would help him get his ducks in a row for a potential OC job. That probably wasnt even considered up until this point. Of course he could still likely land a HC at the college level.

  2. I feel kind of sorry for Bienemy. He’s done a job to the best of his ability, and seems to be getting nowhere for whatever reason. I guess the Chiefs will keep him, but he must feel it’s a poisoned chalice.

  3. Every off season there is pearl clutching about EB not getting a head coaching position because he is “deserving” of one- but even the team and people who know him best, the Chiefs and Reid, don’t seem too concerned about retainjng their “OC”.

    Say what you will about Jerry Jones, but if he doesn’t want to lose an assistant coach, he pays them to stay.

    The chiefs not only won’t pay EB top money, they won’t even give him a long term deal or make him the coach in waiting. Maybe they know his worth.

  4. Andy doesn’t care about helping his assistants. He will not give up playcalling and Eric B will have to choose if he wants to be his lackey again.

  5. Something very few have brought up is that when Ryan Poles left the Chiefs to be the Bears new GM, not only did he not hire EB, he didn’t even give him an interview. This is a guy who was with the Chiefs longer than EB himself. And who, like EB, is Black. It’s starting to feel like college (again) might be the path forward for him if he wants a HC gig anytime soon. Otherwise he’s kind of the Midwest version of Josh McDaniels at this point.

  6. If continuing to earn somewhere in the $500,000 a year to have no real responsibilities as the Chiefs ‘offensive coordinator’ is an option, he would be insane to do anything else.

  7. It almost feels to me like the Chiefs don’t really want him anymore. It wouldn’t be a good look to just cut him loose, though.

  8. With his history at Colorado U, the only coach that could hire him in the college ranks is Saban’s coach rehab program at Alabama, but since it is quite obvious that it is Andy’s offense it would have to be a running back coach. Pretty much ditto for the rest of the NFL it would be a demotion none of the teams looking for a new OC even looked at him.

  9. boozygoose says:
    February 13, 2022 at 12:11 pm
    Every off season there is pearl clutching about EB not getting a head coaching position because he is “deserving” of one- but even the team and people who know him best, the Chiefs and Reid, don’t seem too concerned about retainjng their “OC”.

    Say what you will about Jerry Jones, but if he doesn’t want to lose an assistant coach, he pays them to stay.

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    What does Jerry Jones’s ability to keep his assistants by paying them have to do with this?

    If the chiefs have wanted EB to stay, they’ve done a damn good job of it. And if they haven’t wanted him to stay but he’s been unable to catch on anywhere else, then there’s no comparison with anyone trying to keep their assistants, let alone Jones.

    It’s a comparison that makes no sense.

  10. bearssuck says:
    February 13, 2022 at 10:43 am
    Guys had several job interviews, and no job offers. He’s most likely a bozo coach.
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    Or as Flores suggests the league is biased against candidates of color because owners higher people they can relate to on a social level for the most part. People who look like them. Compare his resume to that of Kevin O’Connell and Bienemy wins. The fact that Josh McCown could be considered a finalist points to how ludicrous it is that they didn’t even interview him.

  11. Maybe he should try to negotiate play-calling duties and/or some sort of succession plan. I wonder how long Reid will coach, he’s getting up there and can’t be in the greatest health. I’m not saying they SHOULD, more just some points to ponder.

  12. footballpat says:
    February 13, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    Or as Flores suggests the league is biased against candidates of color because owners higher people they can relate to on a social level for the most part. People who look like them. Compare his resume to that of Kevin O’Connell and Bienemy wins. The fact that Josh McCown could be considered a finalist points to how ludicrous it is that they didn’t even interview him.

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    Right. The OC of the most successful offense in football over the past few seasons can’t get hired because of racism. Flores, Joseph, Lynn, Wilks, and now Smith have been hired over the last few years, but somehow the guy with the highest-profile resume of them all doesn’t get hired because of racism, in a league where results trump everything.

    And, short memory – Bieniemy interviewed with the Texans a year ago.

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