Before their AFC championship clash with the Baltimore Ravens on January 28th, the Kansas City Chiefs received a visit from a familiar face: their former offensive coordinator, Eric Bieniemy.
Recently ousted from his position as the Washington Commanders’ offensive coordinator, Bieniemy dropped by to share insights with his former team, as revealed by Kansas City head coach Andy Reid in discussions with reporters.
Reports from the NFL Network disclosed that Bieniemy did more than merely offer words of wisdom; he actively participated in strategizing, even going over the installation of a play with the team during his visit.
“Came in, talked to our team before our last game. He talked with the offensive guys and hung out with us in our meetings,” Reid recounted. “So I have had a chance to talk to him. He’s still up for a couple of jobs,” he added.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes echoed the sentiment, expressing the positive impact Bieniemy’s presence had on the team’s morale. “It’s always great to have EB in the building. Just being there, the energy that he brings, the mentality that he brings, you can feel. He has that intensity, but you love it. He loves being there,” Mahomes shared.
“Having him back in the building was really cool. Listening to him talk and his energy just got everybody — you can ask guys — but I think guys had a little bit of chill bumps.”
Bieniemy, who served the Chiefs from 2013 to 2022 in various coaching roles, including running backs coach and offensive coordinator, played a pivotal role in the team’s success, contributing to their appearances in three of four recent Super Bowls, with victories in Super Bowls LIV and LVII.
His departure to Washington was driven by the desire to assume a more prominent role in play-calling and to enhance his prospects of securing a head coaching position, a move that ultimately fell short of expectations. Washington’s disappointing 4-13 season led to a revamp of the coaching staff under former head coach Ron Rivera.
While Bieniemy’s aspirations for a head coaching role didn’t materialize, Mahomes expressed optimism about his continued contributions to the sport. “Obviously, he didn’t get that head-coaching opportunity, but I’m excited for him to continue to coach football and continue to make his impact on the game,” he remarked.
As for the possibility of Bieniemy rejoining the Chiefs’ coaching staff, Reid remained tight-lipped due to the ongoing nature of the team’s season.
However, he expressed admiration for Bieniemy’s coaching prowess and noted the plethora of opportunities awaiting his former coordinator. “I can’t answer the last part, because there are no spots,” Reid remarked regarding Bieniemy’s potential return. “I would tell you I think his coaching future is great. I’ve always been a big fan of his, and I know the things he can do.”