Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy continues to be one of the hottest coaching candidates available, but recent reports suggest he may get shut out once again.
To Patrick Mahomes, that just does not make any sense.
“I think [he will be hired],” Mahomes told 610 Kansas City’s “The Drive” on Monday. “His track record speaks for itself. The type of man he is, the way he can control and be a leader of the locker room and the way that he coaches and schemes he brings to us. If he doesn’t, people are crazy.”
Bieniemy, 51, has interviewed with the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars, but a deep Chiefs playoff run may work against him as teams may not want to wait unless he is their clear-cut choice.
The Houston Texans were among the teamd that did not interview Bieniemy – something that quarterback Deshaun Watson was reportedly upset about. Watson apparently spoke with Mahomes about Bieniemy.
“I’ve known Deshaun a while now and we just talked about coach Bieniemy,” Mahomes said. “Wasn’t me trying to get him a job or anything, I just told him who coach Bieniemy is and what kind of coach he is, what kind of man he is and how I think that he handles himself.
“As he gets a job over the next few weeks, months whatever it is, the type of man he is will carry him to where he needs to be at and that will put him in the best situation possible at the end of the day.”
However, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, Bieniemy has been saying privately he could return to Kansas City and wait for the perfect situation.
Another head coaching position did open up on Monday when the Eagles fired Doug Pederson, but it is still too early to tell if he will be considered for that job, too.
“For us, obviously we want to have him here,” Mahomes added. “But we know he deserves that opportunity to lead his own franchise and his own team.”