Andy Reid defends Eric Bieniemy after LeSean McCoy’s criticism

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Former Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy had some harsh comments about Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy recently, but head coach Andy Reid said those comments say more about McCoy than Bieniemy.

McCoy said on the I Am Athlete podcast that Bieniemy talks to players in a fashion that many players take issue with, and McCoy suggested that his inability to relate to people is the primary reason Bieniemy hasn’t been hired as a head coach.

Reid, however, said that if McCoy didn’t like what Bieniemy was saying to him during their time together in Kansas City, it’s because Bieniemy was honest with McCoy about where he was lacking, and McCoy didn’t want to accept that he was on the down side of his career when he arrived in Kansas City.

“Sometimes it’s hard on a veteran player,” Reid said. “Maybe their performance level isn’t what it used to be, and it’s hard to take sometimes. But [Bieniemy is] going to push you to try to maximize what you’ve got. That’s one of his strengths. . . . He’ll come in and shoot you straight. Sometimes you want to hear it. Sometimes you don’t.”

Reid said he enjoyed coaching McCoy but thinks that McCoy, who was 31 during his season in Kansas City, struggled to accept he wasn’t the elite running back he once had been.

“I’m a big LeSean fan,” Reid said. “In my eyes, he’s a future Hall of Fame running back. If you look at it statistically, he’s tremendous. But he wasn’t the youngest pup in the kennel here. He was on the back side and sometimes that’s hard to take.”

Reid said he thinks Bieniemy relates well to players and will be a good NFL head coach some day.

“You see the love that the players have for him. He’s got all these guys standing up for him and saying positive things,” Reid said. “He’s a heck of a football coach and I’m disappointed that he hasn’t had a chance and optimistic that he’s going to have one in the future.”

49 responses to “Andy Reid defends Eric Bieniemy after LeSean McCoy’s criticism

  1. Bieniemy comes across as McCoy says during interviews and such too. I side with LeSean on this one.

  2. “You see the love that the players have for him. He’s got all these guys standing up for him and saying positive things.”
    ————
    Maybe I’ve missed it but I havent seen very many players stand up for him.

  3. To me, an “inability to relate to people” would be leaving a 20-cent tip on a $60 bill. Good thing LeSean never did anything like that.

  4. And you guys said it was because he didn’t call plays. There are so many facets to picking an NFL coach that you guys have no idea about. You think Harbaugh became a head coach by calling onside kicks?

  5. I don’t know a single Eagles fan that liked Lesean McCoy, the person.

    When a nickname like shady sticks, that says a lot. He lived up to that monicker.

    Great player for quite a while but certainly not a hall of famer.

  6. Sounds like poor little LeSean got his feelings hurt by big meanie Bieniemy. Wahhhhhh.

  7. If it is true that the players love him, then Reid should have been quiet and let people like Mahomes, Kelce, Hill, and a premiere offensive lineman step up to defend the man.
    If you blow up my favorite coach/mentor, I am going to cut loose on you.

  8. LeSean McCoy is a clown. He is still butt hurt he got benched with the Chiefs.

  9. If not his inability to relate to people, what *is* the reason he hasn’t been hired as a head coach, Andy?

    Hasn’t he gotten a lot of interviews and opportunities? Hasn’t nearly every NFL media or team official – not in need of a coach – publicly said “It’s unbelievable Eric isn’t a head coach”? It gets more difficult with each passing hiring season to believe his problem is solely or even mainly the color of his skin.

  10. Attack McCoy if you like the bottom line is, everybody keeps scratching their head as to why Bienemy continues to be passed over for promotion and finally we likely have at least a small glimpse as to why.

  11. im more apt to believe a player NOT on the team than one who is.
    .
    the fact KC only extended him one year kind of sides with mccoy as well

  12. Bieniemy’s reputation as a top-flight offensive coordinator took a major hit in the second half of Super Bowl LV. The two halves were virtual carbon copies. And if he condescends or belittles players, as McCoy’s experience suggests, his chances of landing a HC job are slim.

  13. When Adrian Peterson came into the league he hit the hole like a freight train. He popped through or pushed the pile. One of first full games he almost has 300 yards rushing. Eric Bienemy taught him to dance in the backfield and helped a great running back to the top of the record books in negative yardage plays. I know what many people think of AP but with different coaching he has 3000 more yards when he retires. Bieniemy had no idea how to coach power and speed. His success has all been with smaller shifty running backs. He’s a one trick pony. There is some reason why he doesn’t get a HC short.

  14. One of. my favorite maxims is “Both things can be true”. In this case, LeSean’s reputation precedes him, and while Andy Reid is right about taking criticism, it can also be true that Bienemy could be a Johnny one-note, always coming across as a hard case. Just as players have to be able to respond positively to ‘hard’ coaching, coaches have to understand when to dial it up and when to dial it back

  15. Of course Reid would defend his coach, but he inadvertantly identifies the problem with Bieniemy when he says, “Sometimes it’s hard on a veteran player”. Hello. Since most players are not rookies or have been with KC since being a rookie, Bieniemy’s style of communicating and relateability is missing.

  16. McCoy was just a disgruntled RB who couldn’t accept that he wasn’t good enough to merit playing time on a championship team full of talent. If you’re saying he holds the answers to why Bieniemy isn’t a head coach, you need to get a clue.

    McCoy wasn’t the only veteran the Chiefs signed who couldn’t get on the field, but he’s the only one spewing sour grapes for attention. This isn’t about Eric Bieniemy, it’s about LeSean throwing a temper tantrum. Full stop.

  17. Bienemy hasn’t received head coaching jobs probably for many reasons. I don’t think it’s because he doesn’t call plays. It might be his very “Shady” past or his inability to interview well. It’s probably many reasons because the Big Red coaching tree is one of if not most impressive in the NFL.

  18. If you think EB is the coordinator, you’ve not watched the Chiefs, or you don’t know Reid… Andy wants EB out as much as anyone. If he doesn’t stand up for him, he’ll continue to be stuck with him.

  19. Bieniemy has been promoted to his level of incompetence and will remain there.

  20. McCoy was offended to have a coach tell him to tuck and protect the ball instead of carrying it in one hand three feet away from the body while angry linebackers are chasing him.

  21. Ruha Nuggetcrusher says:
    May 27, 2022 at 9:37 am
    To me, an “inability to relate to people” would be leaving a 20-cent tip on a $60 bill. Good thing LeSean never did anything like that.
    —————————————————————————————————————
    I’ve left no tip before. Never come check on me until you bring the bill, disappear for a smoke break after I’ve asked for something you forgot to bring, etc…Does that mean I can’t relate to people either?

  22. Bieniemy is Offensive Coordinator in name only. Everyone knows it’s Andy Reid’s offense and he calls the shots. Other teams know that which is why Bieniemy is not getting head coaching offers.

  23. Bieniemy’s a great coach who has been passed over too many times. If he’s not the most loved coach, that’s too bad. Everybody loved Dan Quinn, for instance, and, frankly, they didn’t play disciplined football for him. Bieniemy should not be judged by one ex player’s harsh words any more than a teacher should be judged by a disgruntled student who just earned an poor grade.

  24. I love the honesty from Reid about McCoy being on the back side of his career.

    However when multiple players have said it’s EB’s coaching style and how he relates to players you have to start listening. 1 Player meh they are just bitter they didn’t get enough play time or something. Multiple speaks more to the coach.

  25. The reason Eric Bieniemy doesn’t have a job is not because people don’t believe he’s the “real” offensive coordinator in KC.

    Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay are considered two of the brightest offensive minds in football. Everyone knows they are the “real” offensive coordinators for their respective teams.

    BOTH of their offensive coordinators got head coaching jobs this offseason.

  26. He’s not nailing the interview, that’s clear, but if Andy Reid says he’s ready, I’d tend to go with his assessment. He’s produced some pretty good HCs off of his tree.

  27. I’ve left no tip before. Never come check on me until you bring the bill, disappear for a smoke break after I’ve asked for something you forgot to bring, etc…Does that mean I can’t relate to people either?
    ___

    If you hang a few dollars over someone’s head and revoke it to the full degree when you’re not treated like a deity, then yes, you can’t relate to people either.

  28. 75% of the players at the end of their playing days are honest with themselves & go gracefully. The other 25% are blind to what’s happening and are a pain in the neck till they are officially out of the league.

  29. springfield says:
    May 27, 2022 at 10:42 am
    If you think EB is the coordinator, you’ve not watched the Chiefs, or you don’t know Reid… Andy wants EB out as much as anyone. If he doesn’t stand up for him, he’ll continue to be stuck with him. ——– Patently false. If Reid wanted Bienemy gone, he’d be gone. Do you really think a coach like Andy Reid retains assistants who aren’t doing what is expected of them?

  30. As is the case with most things, I’m sure the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

  31. So he’s a bad coach because he didn’t want to keep feeding the ball to his delusional, washed up backup RB? Okay. Maybe he was tough on players, but some guys need to be realistic and check their egos at the door, and come to grips with not being as good as they once were.

  32. Kliff Kingbury and Eric Bieniemy = Patrick Mahomes. Patrick, with all of his great early success elevated Kliff into getting an NFL Head coach job. And Patrick is helping Eric keep a job in the NFL.

  33. Contrary to apparently popular belief, head coaches don’t have to “relate” to players very much. The QB and other guys here and there but it’s not at all unusual for most players on the roster to never have even a brief interaction with the head coach literally all season. Positional coaches do the relating. Head coaching is a different animal. Players don’t report to the head coach, the coordinators and other coaches do. The head coach has to deal with the GM and sometimes the owner but not the guys on the roster. They may do it because they enjoy the interaction but it’s not their job.

    This is why some guys who are successful coordinators make lousy head coaches. It’s a different skill set.

  34. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    May 27, 2022 at 11:36 am
    75% of the players at the end of their playing days are honest with themselves & go gracefully. The other 25% are blind to what’s happening and are a pain in the neck till they are officially out of the league.

    No lie. Terrell Owens is 48 and 100% convinced he could still play in the NFL.

  35. To hear McCoy speak, you’d think that he played back in the era of no helmets.

  36. How does what LeSean McCoy has to say today, many years after he was NFL-relevant, induce so many comments and sideways/unproductive/futile conversations?

    Answer is as simple as 1 word: media

  37. “Great player for quite a while but certainly not a hall of famer.”

    Well now that it’s become the Hall Of Pretty Good, he has a chance.

  38. LeSean doesn’t have any credibility as he also attacked Andy Reid before, and he’s like the only player to do so outside of T.O when he was throwing his tantrum. And even T.O has walked back those comments.

  39. All I know is that when I watch a Chief’s game, it is Andy Reid sitting on the bench next to Mahomes discussing strategy in between series.

  40. Not sure McCoy is the best messenger, but other than Bienemy’s past criminal and behavioral misdeeds, there must be something to that interpersonal skills thing or he’d have long since been hired as a head coach.

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