What’s next for Chiefs’ Eric Bieniemy as contract has expired?

Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy was once again passed over this coaching cycle. What is next for the longtime Chief?

Eric Bieniemy’s future is up in the air. The longtime Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator was passed over during the latest hiring cycle as nine head coaching positions were filled without him drawing an offer. Because Bieniemy’s one-year contract has expired, per league sources not authorized to speak publicly, it’s unclear what’s going to happen next.

What’s next for Eric Bieniemy, Chiefs?

Bieniemy could be re-signed to a new contract. But sources noted that he has drawn interest from the New Orleans Saints since they interviewed him and ultimately hired defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as the replacement for Sean Payton.

Bieniemy, 52, is regarded as an intriguing commodity as an offensive coordinator or assistant head coaching candidate.

The Chiefs have led the NFL with 30.3 points, 404.2 yards, and 3.4 offensive touchdowns per game since he was named offensive coordinator in 2018. Bieniemy was hired by Kansas City in 2013 and was the running backs coach for five seasons.

Because Mike Kafka was hired as the New York Giants’ offensive coordinator, coach Andy Reid may need replacements for him and Bieniemy. Former Chiefs offensive coordinator and Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy is high on Reid’s list of potential replacements, per sources. In addition, Reid is intrigued by Kentucky offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Liam Coen.

‘Disappoints’ Andy Reid

Since 2019, Bieniemy has interviewed for 15 head coaching positions. They include two interviews this year (Broncos, Saints), six in 2021, three in 2020, and four in 2019.

“It disappoints me that someone hasn’t hired him, obviously, because he’s so good,” Reid said during the playoffs.

Prior to a playoff victory over the Buffalo Bills, Bieniemy addressed his coaching ambitions.

“I think I would bring a lot to the table,” Bieniemy said. “I’m grateful to be thought of in that particular light, but my job is to make sure we stay focused.”

Lawsuit referenced Bieniemy

Bieniemy not landing a head coaching job was referenced in former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores’ class-action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination. Bieniemy has not joined the class-action lawsuit. Neither have former Arizona Cardinals coach Steve Wilks nor former Houston Texans coach David Culley. And sources further emphasized both are not expected to do so.

“Without question, Mr. Bieniemy has the pedigree, track record, and reputation to make him a sought-after Head Coach,” Flores’ lawsuit stated.

Aaron Wilson is the NFL Insider for Pro Football Network. Follow him on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL.

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