Perhaps Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy will finally get his head coaching job soon; it just may come at the college level rather than the NFL.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported league sources believe the OC will be a top candidate for the open job at USC after Chris Helton was fired from the position on Monday.
League sources believe Chiefs' OC Eric Bieniemy will emerge as a head-coaching candidate for USC. Bieniemy is from Southern California and has told confidantes in the past, that USC is one of the only college jobs that might interest him.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 14, 2021
Bieniemy, 52, has drawn interest and interviewed for NFL head-coaching jobs the last three offseasons, but he has been unable to land a position. This past offseason saw reported interest from all seven teams with vacancies, but each went in a different direction.
In February of 2021, Bieniemy reportedly turned down his alma mater, Colorado, when it had an interest in bringing him aboard as its head coach.
Following the Chiefs’ 28-25 preseason win over the Minnesota Vikings, Reid was asked if he had allowed the offensive coordinator to call plays.
“I’ve mentioned this before — he’s called all along,” said Reid with a smirk. “I just now get rid of the thing so you can see that he’s calling. I’ve got to feed it, so I’m feeding it to you because nobody believes me. But he did a heck of a job with it.”
Reid is scheduled to hold his weekly press conference on Wednesday, while Bieniemy is scheduled to speak on Thursday. It is unlikely either will confirm any semblance of a connection to USC, whose current interim coach is Donte Williams.
The school has said that it is planning a national search for its next head coach in the coming months.