Eric Bienemy is still hoping for a head coaching job after interviewing 14 teams over the past four years.
He won’t complain, but he won’t give up either.
Bienemi has made an impressive resume as the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs under Andy Reid. The Chiefs scored the third-most points (565) in NFL history in their first year in 2018.
Patrick Mahomes was named Most Valuable Player that season, and the Chiefs won the Super Bowl the following year.
Still, coaches with less achievements than Bienemy have got the job done. But the coordinator sees the positive side.
“I am very proud of the opportunities that I have been given,” he told the Associated Press. “You want to keep the job, but you still feel proud and hold your head high to grab the opportunity. But you also have to understand that it is not just that. When it is all over, then Eric Bienemy will remain Eric Bienemy too. I will be the best offensive coordinator.”
After six interviews at the end of the 2020 season, Bienemi met with the Saints and the Broncos earlier this year. New Orleans chose Dennis Allen, the team’s assistant coach, and Denver hired former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.
In a league of imitators, where teams usually pick the coordinators of the most successful teams, it’s a mystery why they keep leaving Binomi out there.
Reid’s wide reach includes Super Bowl champion coaches at John Harbaugh and Doug Pedersen. As well as Sean McDermott, Ron Rivera, Leslie Frazier, Todd Bowles, Matt Nagy and more. Reid has referred to Binami as an “owner’s dream” and a “tremendous leader”.
Bienemy remains optimistic.
“Sometimes the job isn’t right and it may not be the right time, but that’s okay,” Binemi said.
Although his goal is to become the head coach, Bynemee helps other coaches advance their careers. He was among those selected to speak at the NFL quarterback coach meeting in June. Bienemy led the conversation on how to interview for the offensive coordinator position.
Bienemy, 53, played nine seasons in the NFL as a running back with the Chargers, Bengals and Eagles after an outstanding career in Colorado, where he also began his coaching career in 2001. He has been a running back coach and offensive coordinator. NFL since 2006.