Chiefs’ Eric Bieniemy Turns Down Colorado

Eric Bieniemy won’t be leaving Kansas City. This week, the Chiefs offensive coordinator withdrew his name from consideration, as Mike Klis of 9News tweets

Bieniemy did not formally interview for the job, but the Buffs pursued him hard nonetheless. Klis’ understanding is that Bieniemy was Colorado’s first choice for the job and they kept in contact with him throughout, even while he was on vacation.

Bieniemy has interviewed for a number of NFL head coaching jobs in recent cycles but has yet to come away with any. Colorado presented him with an opportunity to finally run his own show – and return to his alma mater – but he ultimately felt that the Chiefs job was too good to give up. Besides, with another year of electric offense in Kansas City, it feels inevitable that Bieniemy will finally get his big break. Had Bieniemy signed up at Colorado, he likely would have been tied to the school for multiple seasons with a significant buyout for any NFL team hiring him.

Bieniemy has been a Chiefs assistant for the last seven years. This offseason, he interviewed with the Browns, Giants, and Panthers about their head coaching vacancies. Last year, he chatted with the Bucs and Dolphins.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

View Comments (6)
newest oldest

6 comments on “Chiefs’ Eric Bieniemy Turns Down Colorado

  1. Ironman_4life

    Whats a better situation. Head coach of a decent college program or OC of a SB winning team?

    • Natergater77

      Good chance that if the Chiefs have another good offensive year next season he gets an NFL HC job. Depending on that situation he is better off (ie. stay away from the Browns, Jags, Jets etc)

    • saluelthpops

      Depends on his definition of a better situation. He answered the question with his decision to stay.

    • Probably the OC job. The talent is already there in KC for him to boost his resume and he should be a top head coaching candidate if the Chiefs’ offense keeps chugging along.

      Imo he would’ve had to turn Colorado into a powerhouse, primarily on offense, in one season to get a serious look as a HC in the NFL if he went that route. If he chose the Colorado job, I think it would’ve been more likely he parlayed that job into another HC job at a bigger college rather than parlaying it into a HC job at the NFL level.

  2. Max Jackson

    Kind of silly we’re talking college ball. Adam Gase went on to Miami DOLPHINS.

    Dude isn’t going to be an OC for much longer if they keep playing like they are.

Leave a Reply