It appears that former Cincinnati Bengals player Eric Bieniemy will remain the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator regardless of whether his team repeats as Super Bowl champion with a win in Super Bowl LV next month.
With Baltimore Ravens assistant David Culley reportedly the Houston Texans' choice for the final National Football League head coaching vacancy, Bieniemy's aspiration of becoming a head coach again will be put on hold.
Bieniemy was a running back and kick returner for the Bengals from 1995 to 1998. He became the Chiefs' offensive coordinator in Jan. 2018 after coaching the team's running backs for five seasons.
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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said earlier this month that it would be crazy for an NFL team with a head coaching vacancy not to strongly consider hiring Bieniemy. Mahomes told KCSP 610 Sports that he encouraged Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson to suggest that the Texans hire Bieniemy.
"(Bieniemy's) track record speaks for itself," Mahomes added in the radio interview. "The type of man he is, the way he can control and be a leader of the locker room and the way that he coaches and schemes he brings to us. If he doesn’t (get a position as a head coach), people are crazy."
Watson reportedly pushed for the Texans to interview Bieniemy - in part based on Mahomes' recommendation.
The Texans were expected to have second interviews with Bieniemy as well as Buffalo Bils (and former Bengals) defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, per a report Sunday by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Peter King wrote in his Football Morning in America column earlier this month that he thought "if Bieniemy is passed over again," he expects "players will be very vocal about it."
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