You’d think most people who are employed by the Chiefs would want to stick around in Kansas City after the team secured its second Super Bowl victory in the past four seasons with a 38-35 win over the Eagles earlier this month.
However, the man who’d served as the team’s offensive coordinator since 2018 opted for a change of scenery after the victory, as Eric Bieniemy accepted the same role with the Commanders after agreeing to interview with Washington after The Big Game.
While most people would view that pivot as a downgrade, Bieniemy is taking a somewhat calculated risk by joining forces with Ron Rivera in the hopes of disproving the notion the bulk of his success can actually be attributed to the acumen of Andy Reid and the talents of Patrick Mahomes.
Plenty of people have suggested racism has played a role in Bieniemy’s inability to land one of the head coaching jobs he’s been a candidate for in recent years, but there are many others who’ve argued that the aforementioned perception (and disputed rumors concerning his underwhelming interview skills) has been a major factor.
As a result, his new job with the Commanders seems to have the potential to make or break his career—and there’s one man who played underneath him who seems to be very pessimistic about how things will pan out in Washington.
LeSean McCoy got to experience Bieniemy’s approach to running an NFL offense during his one and only season with the Chiefs in 2019, and he has not been shy about criticizing the OC for a coaching strategy he was decidedly not a fan of.
On Monday, the retired running back declined to hold back while discussing Bieniemy’s defection, and it’s safe to say he doesn’t have high hopes for the Commanders offense.
I wish him WELL but Washington don’t let the chiefs SUCCESS or coaching titles fool y’all… the traits or skills you need to be a good coordinator I haven’t seen or WITNESSED it … pic.twitter.com/Qtaes1irnx
— LeSean Shady Mccoy (@CutonDime25) February 21, 2023
Here’s what he had to say:
“What’s his value? What makes him a good offensive coordinator? See, the problem is a lot of these people who go on social media—’Oh, he should be the guy for the job’—they haven’t played there. They’re not in the locker room.
I’ve been in the rooms where he’s coaching, and he has nothing to do with the pass game at all, right? When the plays are designed? That’s Andy Reid!…
When I’m asked about Eric Bieniemy, what makes him good? When we watched the film in practices and we correct—the wide receivers, the running backs, the quarterbacks—he doesn’t talk in there. Andy Reid talks in there. He may say things to the running backs because he’s an ex-running back coach, but he has no real responsibility.
Now you go from the Chiefs—where you can hide behind Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid—to Washington where you’ve got to call plays? You’ve got to run the meetings? You gotta run the installs? “
McCoy also implied Bieniemy has a fairly abrasive coaching style that has plenty of potential to rub players the wrong way:
“The other thing is adapting to the players. My first practice—I couldn’t believe it—he was dog-cussing the players. Not just the regular players—Kelce and other players—so it’s hard for me.”
This should be an interesting saga to keep an eye on.