Chiefs running backs coach Eric Bieniemy has the “inside track” to replace Matt Nagy as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator, Ian Rapoport reports.
“Awesome — killer,” Smith told me when asked about Nagy’s ability to relate to players. “When he got to be up in the room in front of everybody as a coordinator, you never know how guys are going to handle that. I think the thing all of us appreciate is that he didn’t even blink.
The strength of the Browns offense was its offensive line with Joel Bitonio, J.C. Tretter and Kevin Zeitler in the interior. Joe Thomas missed the majority of the year with a torn triceps, but the 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle will likely be back in action, so long as he chooses to return in 2018 instead of opting out of his contract or retiring.
If they had Smith at the helm, the Browns could presumably avoid the multitude of turnovers that happened with DeShone Kizer struggling through his rookie year in 2017 with 22 interceptions.
"Matt's got a nice feel for the game," Reid said then in promoting Nagy. "He was a player, obviously, in the Arena League. And then we brought him on board. Some guys have a knack for it and he's one of those guys. I've noticed with his participation that he's got a pretty good grasp of the offense and defenses in this league. I think that presents a nice addition to that position."
The Chiefs also have Eric Bieniemy on their staff as the running backs coach. I don’t know as much about him but he comes across as a great coach. If Reid wants to keep the young pipeline of coaching talent flowing, Bieniemy could be a good pick.
According to multiple sources, Nagy thought highly of Trubisky leading up to last year's NFL draft. That fact no doubt worked in Nagy's favor during the interview process.
Nagy will be the play-caller for Trubisky, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. The Bears would like to keep Fangio, but are aware their defensive coordinator has other options.
Internally, Nagy has been consistently praised by his players for his ability to relate to them and introduce fresh concepts to Reid’s West Coast offense. While Pederson learned Reid’s West Coast scheme nearly 20 years ago, Nagy has only been with Reid since 2008 and brings a different perspective.
Biggest draft need: The Chiefs are without a first-round pick, so their chances of getting immediate help aren't great. That's not necessarily a bad thing, because Kansas City won't have a lot of pressing needs. Depending on what they accomplish in free agency, the Chiefs should be looking for help at cornerback.
Reid will be all alone on the hot seat without Smith, without Nagy, without the general manager who was fired suddenly last summer after teaming with Reid the entire time in Kansas City, John Dorsey.
Reid will have plenty of buttons to push next season, thanks in part to the anticipated swap-out at quarterback. Whether he pushes the right ones, again, remains to be seen.
Assuming surgery and rehab goes OK this should be plenty of time for him to recover as the Chiefs offseason program (usually) doesn’t begin until April.