On January 9th the Kansas City Chiefs promoted Eric Bieniemy from running backs coach to offensive coordinator. Many were expecting assistant head coach Brad Childress to take the reins from newly hired Chicago Bears Head Coach, Matt Nagy. It was rumored that Childress is planning on retirement, which would take him out of consideration and leave another position open on the Chiefs staff. The Chiefs are going to have a completely new look next season. With coaching changes and players being traded or retiring, but that is another conversation for a later date.
A common complaint of the Chiefs offense this season was straying away from the running game. This complaint erupted when the Chiefs lost to the Tennessee Titans during the wild card game. Kareem Hunt, the NFL’s leading rusher had a total of 11 carries in the game. The fans broke out saying Reid took the play calling away from Nagy during the second half of the game and others were calling for Reid to be fired. When in reality the Chiefs only had four possessions during the second half with 20 total plays. When further evaluating the game, it was a lack of execution that held the Chiefs from winning. It was clear during the season that the Chiefs would stray from the running game leaving them vulnerable to opposing defenses.
Those complaints will most likely vanish with Eric Bieniemy at the helm of the offense. Bieniemy will be consistent in keeping the run involved during situational spots that Reid often calls for passing plays. Reid is an offensive genius in creating opening game scripts as well as game plans, his team is always prepared and usually comes out firing.
The Chiefs are known for their big plays, which Reid designs and has other teams around the league mimicking. His issue is not staying consistent in the running game and making the team one-dimensional. He needs a guy that will challenge him in those “certain situations”. Not a guy that will second guess all of his calls but a little nudge of “hey let’s try this here” to reset his decisions. That “guy” is Mr. Eric Bieniemy, who is known to speak his mind and explain his thoughts thoroughly.
His effort to be involved in every aspect of the offense and not just the running back group is what makes him special. During games, it was visible how much Bieniemy was involved and listening during sideline discussions. He has been with the Chiefs as a running back coach since 2013. Who has been extremely productive with Jamaal Charles, Knile Davie, Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West and Kareem Hunt during his tenure.
Bieniemy said “If anybody knows anything about me, I pride myself on having guys play with an attitude and a determined mindset, so if anything, I’m just hoping that some of the that can rub off”. That is a mindset that has been missing in the higher levels of the Chiefs coaching staff. A coach that will display emotion with the players on the sideline. The Chiefs are in a transition period of gaining a lot of young talent in starting roles. Bieniemy has an exceptional personality that will translate well.
Bieniemy has earned his current promotion and has the resume to back it up. He has valuable success, a clear example of that is helping Adrian Peterson develop into his success. Bieniemy will expect nothing less than excellence from his entire offense. He will have them prepared and equipped to succeed in the coming years as the Chiefs look to make deep pushes into the playoffs. I believe Bieniemy will be the man who gives the Chiefs the extra spark they desperately need.
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