Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has one of the most impressive resumes around, has been widely praised by Chiefs coach Andy Reid and has said he’d like to one day be the main man for a franchise. However, another offseason came and went without a club hiring Bieniemy to be its head coach.
He recently told Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports and Baltimore radio station 105.7 The Fan that he’s “blessed and fortunate” to be working alongside Reid and Super Bowl champion quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and he explained he believes he’ll become an NFL head coach “at the right place, with the right people, at the right time.”
“Here is the thing,” Bieniemy said during the conversation, “because of the success that we’ve had, I don’t have time to get frustrated. Because I have to get up and go to work the next day (during the playoffs, when coaches are hired). We do this for a reason – we coach football to be the very best that we can. And for the past few years I have been through the interviewing cycle, and it hasn’t gone my way. But I have had something that can occupy my time through that whole entire process – I had to get up and go to work the next day to make sure that we are continuing to pursue our dream of winning a Super Bowl.
“So, yes, you get a little disappointed and yes, ideally you want to get that opportunity to say, ‘I’m a head coach.’ But if it doesn’t happen, I can’t allow that to dictate anything else, because when it’s all said and done, I have to be at my best so the players can be at their best. So when it’s all said and done, I don’t have time to waste on emotions that I cannot control based on an opinion that’s been formulated.”
It’s believed the NFL will eventually mandate that coaching hires cannot happen during an offseason until after a Super Bowl is played, which would give successful candidates such as Bieniemy time to prepare for a championship game and then go on interviews that could lead to job offers.