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Could Eric Bieniemy be on the move?
The Kansas City Chiefs are 2-0 and they get ready to face off against the Indianapolis Colts tomorrow. It appears from our insiders that the club is preparing for life after offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
Some people ask why at a time like this early would an NFL coach leave in the middle of the season to coach in college. Some of you will say, “No way, let’s calm down. Let’s focus on the actual importance behind the silly suggestion that the Chiefs’ very successful assistant coach would leave his elite job for a Power-5 NCAA team.
In case some other media members bring it up, our Chiefs Focus insiders have said early on Friday afternoon that Nebraska has interviewed Bieniemy for the vacant head coaching spot. However, it’s said his chances are 50-50 at best.
Bieniemy has one of the elite jobs in the NFL. The Chiefs are in a prime position to continue to compete for Super Bowl titles. Because of his success, it would only make sense for EB to get a job in the NFL as the head man.
However, why would he jump from NFL to college? What is behind this?
Two logical answers: The Nebraska head coaching search must not be nearing a conclusion or end game and Bieniemy’s past (which is behind most) and current behavior (ex. Him and Mahomes in the AFC Championship game vs. Bengals) have kept him from getting a head coaching spot in the NFL.
These decisions are never easy, especially with a guy like EB who I’ve grown close to on and off the football field over the years. I have a lot of respect for the way he goes about his business and how he handles himself as a professional. I wish him the best of luck moving forward if this becomes a reality. As for now, we’re focusing on the Colts.
Bieniemy is currently in his 14th season as a coach in the National Football League in Week 3 of 2022 and his tenth season with the Chiefs.
Prior to returning to the NFL coaching ranks in 2013, Bieniemy spent two seasons (2011-12) at his alma mater, Colorado, as the school’s offensive coordinator after coaching the running backs for five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2006-10).
Bieniemy made the move to the professional ranks after three seasons as the running backs coach at UCLA (2003-05). He returned to Colorado in 2000 after his nine-year NFL career and got his first taste of coaching as an assistant at Thomas Jefferson High in Denver that fall.
He was a second-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in the 1991 NFL Draft (39th overall). He enjoyed a nine-year pro career with three teams: San Diego (1991-94), Cincinnati (1995-98), and Philadelphia (1999), where he played for Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid. In 142 career NFL games, he rushed for 1,589 yards and 11 touchdowns while catching 146 passes for 1,223 yards. In his final year with the Chargers, he played in Super Bowl XXIX.
Bieniemy and his wife Mia have two sons, Eric III and Elijah.