Andy Reid made an eye-opening statement about Eric Bieniemy during the head coach’s press conference on Wednesday morning. Reid’s comments had current Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Natt Nafy’s name trending on X much of the day.
Eric Bieniemy was recently let go by the Washington Commanders
Bieniemy, a former Chiefs offensive coordinator, was recently told by new Washington Commanders head coach Dan Quinn that the team would not retain Bieniemy for the 2024 season after Quinn hired Kliff Kingsbury for the position on Sunday.
Bieniemy was kept on staff following Ron Rivera’s firing by the Commanders at the end of the season. Keeping Bieniemy on staff meant the popular NFL coach had a harder time interviewing for jobs for the 2024 season.
There was also speculation the Chiefs could hire Bieniemy during the postseason to help with an offense that struggled in the regular season. Bieniemy didn’t coach the team per se.
Bieniemy was with the Kansas City Chiefs in the postseason
However, per the NFL’s website, Reid said Bieniemy talked to the team before they played the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.
“He came in, talked to our team before our last game. He talked with the offensive guys and hung out with us in our meetings,” Reid said. “So I have had a chance to talk to him. He’s still up for a couple of jobs.
There could be a happy reunion next season
Reid said he couldn’t answer a question about Bieniemy joining the Chiefs’ staff for the 2024 season. But Reid said he’s still a Bieniemy supporter:
“I can’t answer the last part because I have no spots right now,” Reid said. “But I will tell you his coaching future is great. I’m obviously a big fan of his and I know the things that he can do.”
It doesn’t look like Bieniemy will take a role similar to what Vic Fangio did with the Philadelphia Eagles for the Super Bowl last year. But there’s a good chance Bieniemy could end up with the Chiefs for the 2024 season.
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