Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is keeping a healthy mindset these days, even as another head coaching carousel is spinning without hearing his name for the most part. It’s become an annual tradition to see Bieniemy left standing when the music stops, but to hear him talk about it, Bieniemy is enjoying life with the Chiefs and focused on the right things.
This offseason, several more NFL teams are searching for new head coaches—as they are every year—and many of them are still open. Still, Bieniemy has only had his name called once this offseason with an official interview with the Denver Broncos. From there, other teams are clearly looking elsewhere without even trying to bring him in, which is a stark difference from the last two years.
On Thursday, the Chiefs made Bieniemy available to the media to answer questions about a number of topics—from Patrick Mahomes‘ running ability to his perspective of the miracle now known as “13 seconds.” Within those questions, he was asked about his employment opportunities—or lack of them—and he had the ideal answer for those listening with wisdom that would honestly serve us all well.
“The thing I’m focused on is this: Just making sure that we take care of today,” he said.
Eric Bieniemy is maintaining the right perspective amid the head coaching carousel.
Bieniemy even took the quote further to illustrate that his mindset is exactly what he’s trying to instill in the players on the roster because it’s that perspective that allows a team to even pull off a miracle like what they did against the Buffalo Bills in the first place.
“To piggyback off of that, one thing I always talk to our guys about is living in the moment. It’s the reason why we had an opportunity to win that game last week because we lived in the moment. There wasn’t a doubt that we could get it done because we lived in the moment. So I’m just living in the moment. The only thing we can take care of is the things we can control,” said Bieniemy.
While there are still some head coach openings left, it seems as if most or even all of them already have favorites attached. The Las Vegas Raiders are focused on Josh McDaniels, per reports. The Jacksonville Jaguars are honing in on Byron Leftwich. The Miami Dolphins might call Brian Daboll, while the New York Giants flirt with Brian Flores
The Minnesota Vikings might have a window open. The same can be said for the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints. However no one has interviewed Bieniemy yet in these spaces, and the Chiefs are clearly busy with the AFC Championship game. If they advance to the Super Bowl, it could hurt Bieniemy’s chances for a real shot.
Then again, if teams aren’t willing to wait because a coach is too busy winning, then we’re not sure what to think. It seems Bieniemy is right: to focus on what we can all control.