“I’ll tell you this about him — I’ve never been around anybody that loves his players and coaches more than he does,” Culley said. “They trust him, they know he believes in them and they know he has their best interest at heart. That’s why you always see his guys play to their maximum ability.”
Prior to returning to the NFL coaching ranks in 2013, Bieniemy spent two seasons (2011-12) at his alma mater, Colorado, as the school’s offensive coordinator after coaching the running backs for five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2006-10). While with the Vikings, he oversaw one of the most productive rushing units in the NFL. In those five seasons, the Vikings produced a 1,000-yard rusher each year while his stable of running backs broke the 100-yard mark 31 times in 80 regular season games. While in Minnesota he mentored Adrian Peterson who totaled 5,782 rushing yards and 52 touchdowns in four seasons under Bieniemy’s guidance.
Bieniemy played nine seasons as an NFL running back for three teams. His final NFL season in 1999 was with the Philadelphia Eagles, who at the time were coached by Reid.
"I've known Eric a long time, both as a player and a coach," Reid said in a statement released by the team. "He's done a phenomenal job with our running backs and has been involved in every aspect of our offense over the last five years. He's a great teacher and has earned this opportunity. I know he will do a good job."
Mahomes does not have much fantasy appeal right now. That can change very quickly if Smith leaves the Chiefs in the offseason. Mahomes played pretty well in his only start this season. He will have a great arsenal that includes Pro Bowlers Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, and Kareem Hunt a fellow rookie to help him make the transition. Mahomes could be a steal a ninth or 10th round if Smith is released or traded.
Most improved rookie: Second-round pick Tanoh Kpassagnon was converted to outside linebacker after playing defensive line in college. He didn’t play much for most of the season while learning his new position. But Kpassagnon showed some promise in the little playing time he did see. When he received some extended action in the final regular-season game against the Broncos, he delivered a big game with a pair of sacks.
“You lose a player like Kelce, you’ve got to adapt,” Nagy said. “I know that our offensive staff supports me, Coach Reid supports me, but I called every play in that second half. I stand by it, and I promise you I’m gonna learn from it.”
“I called every single play in the second half,” Nagy said.
"There are scenarios when I wish I would have made some different choices with the playcall," Nagy said Tuesday as he was introduced as the new head coach in Chicago.
Aside from the time the Kansas City Chiefs flew to London and back for an NFL regular season game in 2015, and other similarly rare occasions like weather diversions, there’s never been a nonstop flight to Europe coming out of KCI.
I would like to paint a picture for your mind's eye, if I may. Imagine an offense that has Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, LaDainian Tomlinson at tailback, Rob Gronkowski at tight end, and Antonio Brown at wide receiver. Sounds like the best offense you can dream up, doesn't it? Well it's time to get woke, because that offense will be lighting up the Arrowhead scoreboard next season. Don't believe me? That's understandable, but chew on these stat lines first:
So, in summation: Reid isn’t going anywhere.
But this is also true: the shine is gone.
Reid’s defense is a mess, despite having enough talent, and he needs to fire the defensive coordinator who’s been with him all five years in Kansas City.
The Founders of Fun also revoked the Royals playoff trip, this year, but waited until after the trade deadline in order to really drive home the point that thievery will not be tolerated. Sources also indicate that the Royals are under a 10-year ban from the playoffs, but may be paroled for good behavior if they don’t re-sign Eric Hosmer.
Also, despite what some rumors say, my sources indicate that Jeff Triplette was not payback for Don Denkinger. He was just really bad at his job.
They are: running back George Atkinson, receiver Daniel Braverman, receiver Gehrig Dieter, tight end Anthony Firkser, guard/tackle Dillon Gordon, outside linebacker Tyrone Holmes, guard Kaleb Johnson, nose tackle Mike Purcell, cornerback Will Redmond and tackle Andrew Wylie.
Why pass rush? It’s a bigger priority than any other position. The Chiefs aren’t decided yet at quarterback but they know their two options there. Receiver is intriguing but not at a high pick with Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce (basically a receiver) and Kareem Hunt as the top options on offense. Barring a personnel move, offensive tackle isn’t likely. The defensive line is always a possibility, especially with Bennie Logan on a one-year deal, and so is cornerback. Don’t toss those out. Inside linebacker is also a consideration but the Chiefs do have young players there they like.
For me, it’s so obviously pass rush. This is where they need to put the most of their resources this offseason.
Louis Riddick has ties to Andy Reid and Bills coach Sean McDermott once coached under Andy Reid along with Bills assistant coach David Culley. There is plenty of familiarity between the two coaching staffs which is why I don’t want to dismiss this right off the bat.