Andy Reid is a fabled offensive mind, one of the greatest in the history in the game. His coaching tree is a well-documented stable of assistants that have gone on to become NFL head coaches. When Eric Bieniemy was promoted from Running Backs Coach to Offensive Coordinator, it was an exciting time for Chiefs Kingdom because everyone already knew it was still Reid who was guiding the passing game; but Bieniemy’s pedigree for developing mid-round running backs (Jamaal Charles, Kareem Hunt) into bona fide NFL stars brought another wrinkle to the recipe.
Bieniemy is a well-documented players coach, and is also an excellent speaker and motivator. He’s learned under the greatest since 2013. So, after the Chiefs brought home the Lombardi Trophy, it was only a matter of time before another team would tap him as their next head coach.
Only, no one did.
Somehow, almost to the chagrin of Chiefs’ fans who want to see Bieniemy bloom in the role which many agree he has earned, no one called his number. Five NFL teams began the season with a new head coach, but Bieniemy was left in the waiting room. The Chiefs were of course the main benefactor of this turn of events, as they retained the 51-year-old Bieniemy in their attempt to Run It Back in 2020.
It is a near-guarantee that Bieniemy—a former All-American and Heisman candidate at Colorado—does move on to a head coaching position in 2021, with as many as ten NFL teams potentially looking for a new coach. It’s only a question of when, not if for Bieniemy.