Colorado Eyeing Eric Bieniemy For HC Vacancy

The University of Colorado is seeking a new head coach, and they’re eyeing an alumni to fill the spot. Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reports (via Twitter) that the school has reached out to Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy about the vacancy. Earlier today, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that the school was expected to reach out to Bieniemy, even though it was unlikely he’d leave his current gig.

Bieniemy was a standout player during his time at Colorado, earning a consensus All-American nod while also being named a Heisman Trophy finalist. The 1991 second-round pick ended up sticking around the NFL for nine years as a player, serving mostly as a pass-catching backup running back.

Following his playing career, Bieniemy returned to Colorado as their running backs coach. He lated moved on to UCLA before taking the leap to the NFL coaching ranks with the Vikings. In 2011, he joined Colorado again to be their offensive coordinator, and he later joined Andy Reid‘s staff in Kansas City as their RBs coach.

He was promoted to Chiefs OC in 2018 after Matt Nagy took the head coaching job with the Bears. Thanks in part to the promotion (and, obviously, the emergence of Patrick Mahomes), the Chiefs have evolved into one of the top offenses in the entire league.

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  1. dandan

    This is the right move for Colorado if they’re planning on another head coaching search next season.

  2. OCTraveler

    Absolutely a great move – he’s been a class act since his days as a running back at Crespi Carmelite HS in SoCal and at UC – his coaching resume is great but it lacks HC experience- go to Boulder, turn the program around and NFL teams will come knocking

    • Natergater77

      Why when another solid season as OC and a chance at another ring will get him one.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    I’m just thrilled that Nagy is getting credit for making the Chiefs into champions by leaving for the Bears…lol.

    • Natergater77

      They are saying thanks to Bieniemy’s promotion, not Nagy. It could have been written differently.

  4. h0wmyd0ing

    Bad move for him. Stay as an OC with Mahomes and a million weapons or go to a mediocre Pac12 program with little talent and have to recruit.

    He can be an NFL head coach next year. Stay in the show.

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