Eric Bieniemy’s time with the Washington Commanders is over, but before it was announced he wouldn’t be retained as their offensive coordinator, he helped out his former team.
The former Kansas City offensive coordinator sat in on Chiefs offensive meetings and spoke with players ahead of their AFC Championship Game win over the Baltimore Ravens, Patrick Mahomes shared with reporters on Wednesday.
“It’s always great to have EB (Bieniemy) be in the building, just being there and the energy that he brings and the mentality that he brings,” Mahomes said. “He loves being there. He loves being a part of the team and being a part of that culture. So just having him back in the building was really cool, and listening to him talk and his energy … I think guys had a little bit of chill bumps, like, ‘Hey, we got EB’s back here.’
“Obviously he didn’t get that head-coaching opportunity, but I’m excited for him to continue to coach football and continue to make his impact on the game.”
Even though Bieniemy is out of a job and has strong connections to the Chiefs, it doesn’t sound like a return to Kansas City is in his future — at least not now. Andy Reid told reporters “I have no spot right now” when asked about a possible return. But he did praise his former assistant coach.
“I think his coaching future is great,” Reid said. “I’m obviously a big fan of his, and I know the things that he can do.”
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Bieniemy came to prominence as a coach during his time in Kansas City, serving as Mahomes’ offensive coordinator for the QB’s first five seasons as a starter. Mahomes won two MVPs and Super Bowls under Bieniemy’s tutelage, which also helped the Chiefs hold the best total and scoring offense in 2022.
Yet, Bieniemy struggled to land a head coaching opportunity with another team despite several interviews. He was never the full-time playcaller with the Chiefs, as head coach Andy Reid has held that duty.
As a result,…
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Publish date : 2024-02-07 22:15:23
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