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3 Teams Who Should Target Eric Bieniemy As OC

  • Justin Melo
  • February 9, 2022
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The league passed on Eric Bieniemy again. All nine head coaching vacancies have officially been filled and the Chiefs' offensive coordinator failed to land a head coaching gig for the fourth consecutive offseason. Bieniemy has interviewed with more than a dozen teams over the past four offseasons but now finds himself at a crossroads after yet again failing to secure the opportunity he thoroughly deserves and desires. According to multiple reports, Bieniemy's contract with the Chiefs has expired and he's officially a coaching free agent. Andy Reid and the Chiefs should possess a plethora of interest in retaining Bieniemy as their offensive coordinator, but the former Colorado ball-carrier may be interested in exploring opportunities elsewhere after continuously being passed over as a head coaching candidate. Distancing himself from the offensive genius that is Reid may benefit Bieniemy in the long run as he continues to strengthen his resume and head coaching prospects. We've identified three teams that should attempt to hire Bieniemy as their next offensive coordinator ahead of the 2022 campaign.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was named the new head honcho of the Jaguars and prepares to oversee an improving team that possesses Trevor Lawrence as its franchise quarterback. Pederson is currently filling out an impressive staff that includes former Chargers head coach Mike McCoy as his quarterbacks coach. Pederson has yet to hire an offensive coordinator, and that's where Bieniemy may come into play. Pederson and Bienemy worked together in Kansas City back when Pederson served as Reid's offensive coordinator and Bieniemy was still working his way through the ranks as the Chiefs' running backs coach. Both Pederson and Bieniemy thrived and blossomed while working under Reid's guidance and they share similar visions offensively. Their shared knowledge of the scheme Pederson will likely run in Jacksonville could benefit both parties should they decide to pair up. Bieniemy may be interested in calling plays should he depart Kansas City, and that opportunity is unlikely to reveal itself in Jacksonville alongside Pederson, who will almost certainly call plays for his Jaguars. Should Bieniemy be capable of looking past this hangup, pairing with Pederson and Lawrence in Jacksonville would make sense for his next destination.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Current Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell will take charge of the Vikings following his participation in Super Bowl LVI. O'Connell will depart Sean McVay's side in a bold move that represents a meteoric rise through the coaching ranks for O'Connell. The 36-year-old former NFL quarterback qualifies as a rather inexperienced candidate after accumulating just six years of NFL coaching experience, half of which were spent as a quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator in Cleveland and Washington. O'Connell doesn't actually call plays in Los Angeles, as that duty has consistently been overseen by McVay. O'Connell has less than one year of play-calling experience under his belt, as he took over the role following Jay Gruden’s midseason departure from the Washington Commanders in 2019. It’s partially why O'Connell would be wise to fill out his coaching staff with experienced leaders that possess extensive resumes. Bieniemy would certainly provide the expertise and qualities O'Connell should be searching for. O'Connell may even be wise to focus on leading the Vikings while assigning play-calling duties to a trusted confidant, seeing that he’s about to have a lot thrown at him in a short manner of time. Bieniemy is more than ready for such an opportunity.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

The Browns experienced an extremely disappointing season offensively in 2021. The Browns ranked in the bottom half of yards gained per contest (340.6) and averaged under 200 passing yards per game (195.3) en route to scoring a rather pedestrian 20.5 points per contest. Starting quarterback Baker Mayfield took a sizable step backward in his development as a signal-caller. Head coach Kevin Stefanski must take a new approach in 2022 if he hopes to power Mayfield's development and Cleveland's offense back in the right direction. Stefanski hasn't indicated a willingness to move on from current Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt, but Bieniemy's newfound availability could change things. Bieniemy and Stefanski actually worked together for four seasons in Minnesota from 2006-10 when Bieniemy served as the Vikings' running backs coach and assistant head coach. Stefanski worked in various offensive roles throughout that same time frame. Both Bieniemy and Stefanski were employed in Minnesota by head coach Brad Childress, who later worked with Bieniemy again in Kansas City and has a history with Andy Reid dating back to their days in Philadelphia. This coaching tree is well connected and Stefanski is extremely familiar with Bieniemy as a coach. Bieniemy would represent an upgrade for Cleveland at the offensive coordinator position.

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