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Chiefs’ Top 3 OC Replacements For Eric Bieniemy

  • Justin Melo
  • February 17, 2023
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Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is expected to depart the Chiefs to become the new offensive coordinator of the Washington Commanders, according to multiple reports. Bieniemy won two Super Bowls under the tutelage of Andy Reid and appears ready to move on. Bieniemy will receive an opportunity to serve as Washington’s play-caller under a defensive head coach in Ron Rivera, a resume-boosting responsibility he does not currently possess in Kansas City.

Bieniemy’s expected departure will create a vacancy at offensive coordinator. An opportunity to work alongside Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Reid is expected to draw a ton of suitors. Reid’s offensive coordinators often receive head coaching interest from around the league. It’s a desired position. We’ve identified three candidates to become the Chiefs’ next offensive coordinator.


Nagy is the overwhelming favorite to become Kansas City’s next offensive coordinator. Nagy began his coaching career as an intern with Reid’s Philadelphia Eagles way back in 2008. Nagy followed Reid to the Chiefs in 2013 to become Kansas City’s quarterbacks coach and was eventually promoted to offensive coordinator in 2016.

An impressive two-year stint as the Chiefs’ OC landed Nagy a head coaching gig with the Chicago Bears. Nagy’s four-year tenure with the Bears was divisive, and he was relieved of his duties at the conclusion of the 2021 campaign. Nagy returned to Reid’s staff this past season as a senior offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach, winning Super Bowl LVII in his first season back in Kansas City.

Mahomes has always praised Nagy’s attention to detail. Nagy rejected opportunities to interview for other offensive coordinator vacancies this season. Nagy is Kansas City’s OC-in-waiting.


Urban has never been an offensive coordinator, but he’s received interest on multiple occasions. Urban interviewed for the Ravens’ in-house vacancy in January before John Harbaugh appointed former Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken instead. Dan Campbell and the Detroit Lions also interviewed Urban in 2021 before Campbell hired Anthony Lynn (and eventually Ben Johnson).

Urban worked for seven years alongside Reid in Philadelphia (2004-10), including a two-year stint as the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach. Reid gave Urban his first NFL coaching gig. If Reid intends to interview candidates outside the organization, he’ll almost certainly identify Urban as a worthy target.


Girardi could be an underrated in-house candidate. Reid promoted Girardi to his current role after he served as an offensive quality control coach for three seasons. Girardi has worked closely with both Reid and Nagy. He’s soaked up a ton of knowledge in the process.

A former NCAA quarterback at Geneva College, Girardi also coached at Northwestern and Lafayette before joining Reid’s staff in 2018. Girardi is an ascending coach that’s trending toward offensive coordinator territory. It may be a bit early for Girardi to cross the finish line, but he could earn an interview.

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Justin Melo