Many thought the Philadelphia Eagles would pull out the Super Bowl win on Feb. 12. But the Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy had some tricks up his sleeves that helped the Chiefs go home with the win.
Some are now wondering if Bieniemy, who has been with the Chiefs since 2018, will finally get his chance as a head coach after being passed over several times. There are just three Black coaches in the 32-team National Football League, and some observers say this is what is behind Bieniemy not already being named a head coach.
Bieniemy is a former running back who played college football for the Colorado Buffaloes. He was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the second round, 39th overall, of the 1991 NFL Draft. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles.
After his playing career ended, Bieniemy served as the offensive coordinator at Colorado before becoming the running backs coach of the Chiefs. In 2019, he won his first Super Bowl when the Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31–20 in Super Bowl LIV.
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Bieniemy helped orchestrate an offense that, in the second half of the game, witnessed the Chiefs score touchdowns on their first three possessions and fail to get one on the fourth and final one because they were setting up for the winning field goal, ESPN reported.
The moves helped the Chiefs rally from a 10-point halftime deficit and beat the Eagles 38-35 for their second Super Bowl victory in four years.
For sure, “no one forgets Bieniemy, despite the fact that year after year, season after season, despite coordinating one of the best offenses in recent history, Bieniemy continues to get passed over,” wrote USA Today Race and Inequality Editor–Sports Mike Freeman, in an opinion piece.
He continued, “I can’t stress enough how unusual it is for someone with Bieniemy’s background to not get a head coaching job.”
The odds, said Freeman, are unfairly against Bieniemy.
“We’ve seen college coaches with no NFL experience get hired. NFL coaches who weren’t coordinators get hired. My mom apparently will get hired to become a head coach before Bieniemy,” he concluded.
Kansas City Chiefs offensive coach Eric Bieniemy watches warms up prior prior to an NFL Divisional Playoff football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jan. 21, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)