Salisbury: 'I would love' to see USC hire Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy


The USC Trojans are in the market for a new head coach, as athletic director Mike Bohn announced the firing of Clay Helton on Monday -- two days after the team laid an egg at home to unranked Stanford.

Although the school has struggled to restore its status as a national power, college football's top coaching candidates will soon line up for interviews. But the right leader for USC might be a coach currently working in the NFL, according to former Trojans quarterback Sean Salisbury.

"Eric Bieniemy would be great, and there's ties there. And I would love it, and I think a lot of us would," Salisbury told The Zach Gelb Show on Wednesday. "He'd bring some of Andy [Reid's] stuff. And he may not have Mahomes, but maybe EB can go say, 'You're not leaving Southern California, we're going to turn you into Mahomes.'

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"Hell yeah. I would stand in line and crawl 10 miles over broken glass for him... I don't know who it's going to be, but if you told me right now they're going to hire Eric Bieniemy in three months, I'll go pick him up and tell him I want to be his quarterback coach and I'll stay right there with him. I'm in."

Bieniemy, who became the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator in 2018, interviewed for six of the NFL's head coaching positions this past offseason and didn't receive a single offer. The 52-year-old has helped guide the Chiefs to consecutive Super Bowl appearances, and in the past three seasons, their offense scored more touchdowns (178) than any other team in the league.

Since being promoted to offensive coordinator, Bieniemy has only mentored superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes. In 2020, the former league MVP completed 66.3-percent of his passes for 4,740 yards, 38 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. The season didn't end with a championship, however, as the Chiefs' offense was completely shut down in a blowout loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55.

USC, which dropped from No. 14 to unranked in the latest AP top-25 poll, will visit Pac-12 opponent Washington State on Saturday afternoon. According to the William Hill Sportsbook, the Trojans have the fifth-best odds (+800) to win this year's conference title.

The entire conversation between Salisbury and Gelb can be accessed in the audio player above.

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