The Kansas City Chiefs came back to town during Monday’s early morning hours, having chosen ahead of time to immediately return from Florida after Super Bowl LV. Sunday’s 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still hung in the air as Reid me with reporters on Monday morning.
“We’ll take a little time off,” he said. “Get refreshed and back, ready to attack this next season.“
But one of the first orders of business will be to get Eric Bieniemy signed to a new contract. The 51-year-old offensive coordinator had widely been expected to get a head coaching job after the season concluded, so neither the team or Bieniemy had devoted much thought to the fact that his contract extended only through the 2020 season.
Over the weekend, it was reported that since Bieniemy had not found a better job with another team, both he and the Chiefs were planning to get him signed to a new deal — something that Reid confirmed on Monday.
“EB and I have talked about that,” said Reid. “I’ll keep that between us. We’ll get everything worked out as we go. We haven’t had a whole lot of sleep — obviously getting back here when we did — so we’ll get all that settled in this next week. See where everything goes.”
For his part, quarterback Patrick Mahomes wants Bieniemy back, too.
“To have him back — the leader that he is in our locker room — it kind of sets the tone, sets the culture,” he told reporters. “And obviously, he’ll continue to improve our offense. I think that’s what’s made our offense so good the last few years. If you look at the offense we ran two years ago compared to the offense now, it’s gotten better and better ... I think that having him back — along with coach Reid, [quarterbacks coach] Mike Kafka, all these guys — will keep making us a hard offense to stop.”
The Chiefs expect that Bieniemy will again be a head coaching candidate after the 2021 season — but for the moment, he will stay in Kansas City.