So much will be riding on Sunday night’s highly-anticipated matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. Apart from the obvious fact that whoever wins this contest will come home as the Super Bowl LVIII champions, the Chiefs, in particular, could see the long and iconic reign of head coach Andy Reid come to an end after tonight.
If the 65-year-old does decide to retire, one former Kansas City coach is already being touted as his potential replacement.
REPORT: Eric Bieniemy Could Be Set for Kansas City Chiefs Return
According to NFL insider Mike Florio of PFT, former Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, who was recently relieved of his post as the Washington Commanders OC, could be in line to a return to Kansas City. Florio reports that “per a source with knowledge of the situation, Bieniemy could return to the Chiefs for 2024.”
Florio notes, however, that with Matt Nagy expected to retain his role as the team’s offensive coordinator, Bieniemy could take on the role of an assistant head coach next season.
Bieniemy reportedly did not visit the Chiefs before the Super Bowl because he was “in serious consideration” to be hired as the OC of the Seattle Seahawks. Bieniemy, however, is now more likely to reunite with the Chiefs now that the Seahawks opted to go for Ryan Grubb as their new offensive coordinator.
According to Florio, though, it is also possible that Kansas City hires Bieniemy as their next head coach in the eventuality that Andy Reid calls time on his career after the Super Bowl:
“There’s also still a chance that Bieniemy could return to the Chiefs as head coach. If Andy Reid retires after tonight’s game — and at this point no one knows with certainty what he will do — players like Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce will likely make a strong pitch, privately and/or publicly, for Bieniemy,”Florio wrote.
As Florio said, there’s no way to tell at the moment what’s going through Andy Reid’s mind. He’s obviously focused on winning Sunday’s game, but at this point, anything can happen after the Super Bowl.
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