Reports: Eric Bieniemy to remain with Chiefs

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Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy went through another hiring cycle without getting a head coaching job. With his contract up, Bieniemy and the Chiefs had a decision to make on his future.

The decision apparently is made.

Bieniemy will return to Chiefs for 2022, Matt Verderame of fansided.com reports. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media adds that Bieniemy has agreed to a one-year deal.

Bieniemy joined Andy Reid’s staff in 2013. He spent his first five seasons as the team’s running backs coach and the past four as offensive coordinator.

He reportedly was considering whether to coach in college or take a year off if he didn’t remain with the Chiefs.

Bieniemy’s name appeared in Brian Flores’ recent racial discrimination lawsuit against the NFL and some of its teams as Bieniemy continues to get interviews for head coaching jobs without getting hired.

Bieniemy does not call the plays in Kansas City. But he has played an integral part in the team’s 50-15 regular-season record, 8-3 postseason record, four consecutive trips to the AFC Championship Game, two Super Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl title the past four seasons.

47 responses to “Reports: Eric Bieniemy to remain with Chiefs

  1. Nathaniel Hackett wasn’t calling the plays in Green Bay either. How may non-coordinators have been hired as head coaches in the last three years?

  2. How exactly has Bienemy been an integral part to the offense if he doesn’t call plays?
    Does he design them? He must not be as impressive in person as the main stream media would try to make you believe…….

  3. I love these offensive coordinators who don’t do the actual play calling. What is it that they do again?

  4. Crazy that he’s had 15 HC interviews but seems to only be wanted by KC. Think a change in scenery and exposure to an alternate coaching style/offensive system might be beneficial at this point.

  5. Calling plays? It has to have more to do with it than that. Calling plays is only one segment of coaching, and not every head coaching prospect is an OC. I mean just being in the same meeting room and listening on headsets with Andy Reid has to count for something. That’s like going to college for 4 years and not getting a job because you did not teach the class. I tell one thing, dude seems awfully busy whenever the camera pans to him during the game. Exactly, what is doing?

  6. Doug Pederson didn’t call plays in KC either. HCs are hired every year without playcalling experience. Just come out and say it’s his past that’s holding him back

  7. so the chiefs are going to hold out hope that next year they will be awarded the 2 third rounders…
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    makes sense considering the cap hell they are in.
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    got 1 this year and next, and if EB gets a job, they will get 1 next year and one the year after.
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  8. He makes roughly 500k, has little to no responsibility and gets on-field tickets to every game. Pretty good job if you can get it.

  9. One year deal? Why do I get the sense that even the Chiefs would like to move on from this guy?

  10. Bieniemy hasn’t been hired as a head coach for one simple reason: His past.

    Not because of the color of his skin or his ability to coach, game plan or lead, but because he has many transgressions that would be very difficult for any owner, president or GM to explain away.

    People can and do change but we’re at the point in society where anyone and everyone in the public eye has to be squeaky clean and unfortunately for EB, he is not.

  11. If he were the play caller he could take credit for KC success but in truth it is Reids offensive control that make the team go. Bieniemy is just a kog in a working scheme and teams know that the team success is due to Mahomes and Rieds skills.

  12. Titan says:
    February 24, 2022 at 5:59 pm
    I’ve seen other reports he does call plays, hmm.
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    Chiefs fan and KC resident here. Not sure why national media can’t seem to get this, but he does call plays.

  13. Since Josh McCown had come closer to sniffing an NFL HC job must be the best interviewer on the planet and EB must be the worst.

  14. Kladium says:
    February 24, 2022 at 4:55 pm
    How exactly has Bienemy been an integral part to the offense if he doesn’t call plays?
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    He has a much thicker resume than Kevin O’Connell who didn’t call plays either. What the difference between the two Coach Flores?

  15. Dan Campbell, kevin O’Connell, mike mcdaniel, Matt nagy, Doug pederson and there are plenty more. Coaches who didn’t call plays before coming a head coach.

  16. Chiefs have to keep this distraction for another year, really? He’s taking advantage of KC’s kindness. I don’t understand why they left Kafka walk. KC must be afraid of the fallback for not re-signing him. The one year extension proves that.

  17. Again. Tell your kids things they do as young adults will always come back to haunt them.

    In this case actions in his early 20’s is costing him millions of dollars in his 40’s and 50’s.

  18. It’s hard to argue against him staying considering the success they’ve had while he was OC. But everyone knows it has far more to do with Andy and Pat and the offensive skill players then anything EB has done. As a die he’s chiefs fan for life I was ready to move on to someone new. Which is weird considering how far the organization has come, feel kinda spoiled saying it tbh.

  19. Staying in KC seems to be hurting Bieniemy’s career. He needs to go become a coordinator someplace else in order to advance because everyone in the league knows that the KC offense is ALL entirely Andy Reid’s.

  20. To go this long with an expired contract just to get another 1 year deal once things started getting uncomfortable for the Chiefs. Makes you wonder if he even had options as OC in a lateral move. You can tell they really didnt want him back.

  21. I think it would have been in his best interest to leave KC. Right now he is under Reid’s shadow. Reid gets all the credit. If EB wanted to prove himself he should have signed as OC somewhere else. If he does with a new team what he is doing with KC it makes him nearly a lock to land a HC gig. I just don’t think people believe it’s him

  22. If Andy really wants to help him become a HC he should let him call the plays this next season.

  23. He’s toast now as a future HC candidate. Two years, and over 16 chances to land and hasn’t. Something’s is up with him the normal public is not prevy to.

  24. He’s only been to 4 straight AFC championship games, 2 Super Bowls and helped KC win a ton of regular season and post season games.

    Reminds me a bit of that lifer who recently departed the Patriots for his 2nd Head Coaching attempt, this time with the Fade. Chiefs offensive players seem to like him and he’s never been anything but an asset for Kansas City.

    Who else is clamoring to be the OC in name only for the Chiefs?

  25. It’s his VERY shady past not color of his skin..plus, he must not be too impressive in his interviews.

  26. I don’t get all the hate on him. So he’s not head coaching material? So what? Most coaches aren’t. He probably isn’t the best guy to have on your staff? So what? He’s showing staying power with the Chiefs and he still has an important job despite his apparent limitations. Guy is still high up on the totem pole and the organization has done well while he’s been employed there.

  27. Kladium says:
    February 24, 2022 at 4:55 pm
    How exactly has Bienemy been an integral part to the offense if he doesn’t call plays?
    Does he design them? He must not be as impressive in person as the main stream media would try to make you believe…….

    Someone mentioned Hackett and I agree with him that he also shouldn’t have gotten the job and that’s where the bias is definitely seen but if Im EB I’m going to college or I’m going to be an OC for another franchise so that I can prove to the rest of the NFL that I can do this on my own. He took the easy way out resigning in KC. I’m sure there would be a college FB team that would love to let him be an HC/OC where he can run a program how he wants. It looks like it from me, a completely neutral and impartial observer, that he doesn’t think he can do it on his own. If he felt he could there’s no way he resigns in KC.

  28. jcthree3303 says:
    February 25, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Someone mentioned Hackett and I agree with him that he also shouldn’t have gotten the job and that’s where the bias is definitely seen but if Im EB I’m going to college or I’m going to be an OC for another franchise so that I can prove to the rest of the NFL that I can do this on my own. He took the easy way out resigning in KC. I’m sure there would be a college FB team that would love to let him be an HC/OC where he can run a program how he wants. It looks like it from me, a completely neutral and impartial observer, that he doesn’t think he can do it on his own. If he felt he could there’s no way he resigns in KC.
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    Eric was offered the HC job at Colorado in Dec 2010 and turned it down then Jon Embree got the HC job and he hired Bieniemy as OC and in 2 seasons they set quite a few records there BUT none of them were good, the Buffaloes scored the least points they’d ever scored over a single season and over a two year span, they also put up Colorado’s worst single season W-L record in 2012 and worst 2 season W-L record ever at 3-10 in 2011 and 1-11 in 2012.

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