Deshaun Watson on Eric Bieniemy: ‘Very creative, everyone likes him’

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(SportsRadio 610) -- It’s an open secret Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is a favorite for the Texans’ head coach opening.

Bieniemy works with Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes, the most recent head coach-quarterback Super Bowl pairing and also favorites to do it again this season.

Notable voices like Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, Texans safety Justin Reid and Deshaun Watson’s personal quarterback coach Quincy Avery have all expressed support for Bieniemy.

Watson said Wednesday he has not spoken to Mahomes, a friend and peer in draft class, about Bieniemy. But Watson’s heard all positive things about the OC.

“I haven’t spoken to Patrick about Eric," Watson said. "But I’ve known about Eric from what I hear from guys that play on that team. He’s a great guy. He’s a fun guy to be around. Very creative. Everyone likes him. I haven’t heard anything bad. That’s pretty much it.”

Texans interim head coach Romeo Crennel was asked about Bieniemy earlier Wednesday, noting Kansas City’s success and Reid’s confidence in the coordinator.

“Even though Andy (Reid) calls the plays, he relies on Eric quite a bit because they talk a lot during the offensive sequence,” Crennel said. “When you talk about not having gotten a chance yet, the fact that you’re getting chances and getting interviews means that people are talking about you. Eventually, it’s going to happen for you. I think it’ll happen for him as well because, I mean, I had eight interviews before I got a head job, so just keep working, keep doing what you’re doing, winning Super Bowls and go on.”

The Texans are one of three teams with head coach and general manager openings, along with the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons.

ESPN analyst Louis Riddick interviewed for the Texans’ GM opening Wednesday and will also interview with the Lions on Friday.

Riddick worked with Reid in Philadelphia as director of player personnel for the Eagles from 2010 to 2013.

“I think he has to continue to keep working because he has done a good job. He’s with a good organization and I can tell even though Andy (Reid) calls the plays, he relies on Eric quite a bit because they talk a lot during the offensive sequence. When you talk about not having gotten a chance yet, the fact that you’re getting chances and getting interviews means that people are talking about you. Eventually, it’s going to happen for you. I think it’ll happen for him as well because, I mean, I had eight interviews before I got a head job, so just keep working, keep doing what you’re doing, winning Super Bowls and go on.”