Vegas favorite to become Minnesota Vikings head coach
Leave the predictions to the Las Vegas punters, and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy will become the Minnesota Vikings’ next head coach.
Sportsbook cooks up odds for just about everything, with openings from head coaches not immune.
The Vikings are on the hunt for a new head coach after firing longtime skipper Mike Zimmer on Black monday. General manager Rick Spielman was also fired.
Minnesota look to improve on Zimmer-infused eight-year run when Vikings placed 10th in the leaguee-best team. Zimmer’s Vikings, on the whole, have beaten bad and mediocre teams while battling teams with winning records. Other good teams lost more games against bad teams than Zimmer, but he didn’t win as many against good teams – if you follow that logic. Now Zimmer is out of work, apparently heading for retirement or a defensive coordinator gig with a team like the Dallas Cowboys or Denver Broncos.
If punters are successful, Eric Bieniemy will soon be taking over the Vikings franchise, although it is far from foolproof.
The Minnesota team have yet to even hire a general manager to begin the search for coaches. Vikings owned Wilfs have claimed the new boss will hire the new coach when the person arrives at GM headquarters. Minnesota is expected to find a general manager within a week.
Bieniemy is heading to the playoffs again. He offensively coordinates the Chiefs, a team well known for offensive fireworks and drama. Led by Boy Wonder Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City offense rarely stalls in the ruts. There is a constant debate about Who deserves credit for the Chiefs’ firepower – Mahomes, head coach Andy Reid or Bieniemy.
Some think Bieniemy had something to do with it – or at least the man is a smart spectator.
Other NFL teams have recently passed Bieniemy in coaching searches. It really is a mystery. Now, however, Bieniemy has a chance to “come home”. His professional coaching career began with the Vikings on Brad Childress’ side, coaching men like Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor as running backs coach. He was the assistant head coach in 2010, a year that took on crazy form with a declining Brett Favre as a quarterback.
Bieniemy then returned to college as the offensive coordinator at the University of Colorado, then heading to Kansas City.
Since Bieniemy took over the Chiefs’ offense – which exactly matches Mahomes’ rise to QB1 – the Chiefs’ offense ranks No.1 in the NFL. for offensive efficiency – one kilometer.
Bienemy, 52, would be roughly the same as Leslie Frazier when he became head coach in 2011.
And if it’s not Bieniemy, Vegas favors Brian Daboll of the Buffalo Bills or Zimmer’s defensive lieutenant Andre Patterson.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. Its Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).