Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy becomes NFL head coach – ‘I just have to go get him’
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eric Bieniemy has admitted his disappointment at not getting an NFL head coaching job despite multiple interviews over the past few seasons.
“It’s actually tough,” said Bieniemy, the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator since 2018. “But I’m not letting that stop me from doing what I’m doing. I’m still alive, I’m breathing and I have the opportunity to work for a champion team. That’s the beauty of it.
“I don’t want any pity. This is who I am. I’m going to keep pushing, keep punching because when it’s all said and done, I know who I am and I’m comfortable with who I am. ‘strive to be.’
Being the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator and coach Andy Reid was a ticket to an NFL head coaching job for others. Bieniemy’s two predecessors in that position, Doug Pederson and Matt Nagy, became head coaches, Pederson with the Philadelphia Eagles and Nagy with the Chicago Bears.
Pederson is now the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Nagy was fired last winter and returned to the Chiefs as quarterbacks coach.
Bieniemy hasn’t had the same success landing a job, even though the Chiefs with quarterback Patrick Mahomes have been among the NFL’s most successful teams and appeared in each of the last four league games. AFC. The Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV after the 2019 season.
“I just have to go get him,” Bieniemy said when asked what he needed to do to land a head coaching job. “I’m not looking for any comfort. I haven’t had it for some reason. This [doesn’t] question. I’m going to keep knocking on that door and I’m going to keep working hard to make sure that happens. My job this year is to make sure we take care of the business that needs to be taken care of today to help us achieve the goal ahead. And then it’s time for me, when it’s presented, to go get the job.
“You can always be better. I’m always going to look at myself first. I always make sure I check everything and tick every box. … Personally, I have to make sure I always evolve because if you don’t ‘don’t evolve, you become like the dinosaurs and die out.’
Bieniemy, who is black, participated in the recent NFL Minority Acceleration Program for coaches and front office staff. He said the program would help him and other minority candidates secure head coaching positions.
“I actually think the league has done a tremendous job,” Bieniemy said. “The thing we don’t have the luxury of is having the opportunity to deal with the Tim Terrys. [the Chiefs’ senior director of pro personnel, who also participated], having the opportunity to face the next Brett Veach, the next Ryan Poles. It was exciting because now you meet the people behind the scenes who make things work on staff.
“On top of that, just sitting there chatting with the owners, just everyday conversation, it breaks down barriers. It breaks down walls when you can sit down and look someone in the eye and have a legitimate conversation. with them pretty much it was more people from the industry like me who had the opportunity to interact and understand how people perceived things when they went through this interview process.
“It’s outside of a professional setting. It’s a personal setting where you get to know people and I think that’s important because not everyone knows Eric Bieniemy.”