Eric Bieniemy’s pursuit of a head coaching job in the NFL has seemingly taken an interesting turn.
After a couple of years of being interviewed for vacancies and not getting the job he is looking for, Bieniemy has switched up his approach and decided to look at leaving his position as the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs and take the same job with another team.
Yesterday he interviewed with the Washington Commanders and it appears that things went well. Bieniemy has reportedly become the favorite to be the next Commanders offensive coordinator and could reportedly even be hired by the end of the day.
If that happens, the Chiefs would then have a vacancy to fill at offensive coordinator. They may already have a replacement for Bieniemy picked out.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Matt Nagy is expected to be the top choice for the job if Bieniemy leaves the Chiefs.
With the expected OC opening in Kansas City, Matt Nagy quickly emerges as the top choice to fill Eric Bieniemy's shoes after the #Chiefs complete their process. He's currently senior assistant and quarterbacks coach. https://t.co/95AJmrWEcq
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 17, 2023
When most fans think of Matt Nagy, they think about the awful end to his tenure as the head coach of the Chicago Bears.
Nagy turned his success during his previous stint with the Chiefs into a head coaching job and things started out well. The Bears went 12-4 in his first season, but were famously knocked out of the playoffs after the “double doink” field goal.
After that, the team didn’t finish above .500 in any of his next 3 seasons. In his last season, they finished 6-11 and rookie quarterback Justin Fields struggled.
Despite his disappointing time as a head coach, him reclaiming his job as the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator would make a lot of sense.
His last season as their OC, the Chiefs were 6th in the league in scoring with Alex Smith as their starting quarterback.
Now he’d be taking over last season’s highest scoring offense with Patrick Mahomes under center. It’s a situation where he could quickly make people forget about his time with the Bears.