“A lot of times, people think you have to be a quarterback to be an offensive coordinator, and that’s not the case,” said Embree, who now coaches the 49ers’ tight ends. “Ken Whisenhunt (the Chargers’ offensive coordinator this season) was a tight ends guy, and there’s a lot of guys that were successful coordinators that weren’t quarterbacks or shoot, didn’t even play football.”
In the wake of the Chiefs’ latest misadventure, we heard from plenty of fans invoking theories of hexes at play: jinxed carryover from the agonizing way they lost their last game at Municipal Stadium in 1971; peculiarities about Arrowhead Stadium itself and the history of the grounds; how Hank Stram was fired …
And a spell that was, in fact, cast on the Chiefs and Washington amid their 1992 game at Arrowhead.
Call it coincidence, but … the Chiefs are 3-12 with all manner of debacles in the postseason since then.
Another option for Wilson could be following offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to the Chicago Bears where they desperately need help at the wide receiver position. Rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky had almost zero talent around him in 2017, something I expect them to improve this offseason. Another likely landing spot would be the Cleveland Browns where former Chiefs GM John Dorsey has taken a new job. Dorsey was one of the biggest reasons that Wilson stuck around Kansas City.
Let's start with Smith. He is entering the final year of his contract with the Chiefs, which means the Jets would have to determine what to do after that, with an extension, if they traded for him. Smith is due to have a $14.5 million salary in 2018. He turns 34 in May.
Adding a veteran is paramount. Bill Walsh once said that if a quarterback plays too soon, the experience can be traumatic and ruin him. That Kizer fought to the end last season is to his credit. But it does not erase the need to add a veteran.
Which means the dots are in place to bring Alex Smith to the Cleveland Browns.
Well, that answer and that uncertainty have become more real now than probably any time since Tyrod Taylor joined the Bills. Just days ago, Buffalo decided to relieve offensive coordinator Rick Dennison of his duties after just one year with the team – something many saw coming. The question now is who will lead the Bills’ offense, on and off the field?
The current favorite is for him to stay the course and suit back up for the Chiefs at +200 but that option doesn’t seem likely. For starters (no pun intended), he has a $20-million cap hit in 2018 for a squad that is already $7 million above the cap. Secondly, the Chiefs invested a first-round pick on understudy QB Patrick Mahomes II and teams don’t generally give up that kind of draft capital for a player to ride the pine.
Two years after retiring following a nine-year NFL career, Bieniemy began coaching the running backs coach at his alma mater in 2001 under head coach Gary Barnett. After stints at UCLA (2003-’05) and the Minnesota Vikings (2006-’10), he returned to Boulder to run the offense under Jon Embree (2011-’12). Prior to his recent promotion, Bieniemy had been the running backs coach for the Chiefs since 2013 under Andy Reid, working with players like perennial all-pro Jamaal Charles, Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West and 2017 NFL rushing leader Kareem Hunt.
“I think he was the best quarterback in the NFL this year, and the numbers bear that out,” Mitch told Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated. “He put up some crazy statistics, and he was by far the best deep-ball thrower in the NFL this year. So it’s been a blast. He’s the guy that makes us go. Unfortunately from his perspective, all the bad in middle of the season was offensive line related. We gave up too much pressure and he wasn’t able to step into his throws and that’s something we tried to address, and as we got better, he got better. He’s awesome, I can’t say enough good about him.”