ERIC BIENIEMY – CURRENT OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR OF THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Eric Bieniemy has been on the Kansas City Chiefs since the 2013 season. Originally hired as the running backs coach, in 2018 Bieniemy was promoted to the offensive coordinator position to replace Matt Nagy.
Under Bieniemy the Chiefs had the NFL’s top-scoring offense and QB Patrick Mahomes had himself an MVP season throwing for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns.
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With so much success, it is a wonder why Bieniemy would want to switch to a different team with fewer offensive weapons.
The answer is that the Bieniemy probably should have been hired as a head coach by one of the NFL teams that decided to part ways with the coach they had last year. Perhaps it is because Andy Reid is known for his offense and NFL teams believe Bieniemy didn’t have enough control of the offense.
Bieniemy has earned a spot as an NFL head coach, but teams have yet to give him a chance. The move to Jacksonville may be smart because he can show that he can call plays on offense and he will be under a coach on the hot seat. If the Jaguars struggle at any point during the year Jacksonville could look to Bieniemy as the replacement.
The Chiefs style of play and Bieniemy’s offense also fit Jacksonville very well. This vertical west coast offense fits with the personnel of Jacksonville. Minshew, while he may not have the arm strength of Mahomes, has shown the ability to throw a very nice deep ball. DJ Chark is a very fast, very good deep ball receiver, and Leonard Fournette has shown this season that he is capable of being a receiving threat out of the backfield. Bieniemy is the best option available, but he is also the hardest coach to obtain and the Jaguars will really have to sell it to him.