NFL rumors: Seahawks turned down Eric Bieniemy for OC job
Eric Bieniemy was back in the NFL headlines recently for a couple reasons. First, he was fired by the Washington Commanders after Dan Quinn won the head coaching job. And second, he was brought in to speak with the Kansas City Chiefs prior to their AFC Championship win over the Baltimore Ravens. Evidently, the speech gave Patrick Mahomes and the whole team "goosebumps."
It was a strong reminder that Bieniemy has two Super Bowl rings from his time in Kansas City. Over six years with the Chiefs, Bieniemy engineered multiple historic offenses and helped catapult Patrick Mahomes into the GOAT conversation. Despite his impressive resumé, however, it would appear that Bieniemy will enter the 2024 NFL season without a job. If he does land a job, it will be a demotion.
Andy Reid spoke glowingly of Bieniemy to reporters, but admitted there is no room for him on the Chiefs' current staff. Now, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bieniemy spoke to multiple teams about open offensive coordinator jobs, but he was rejected. The Seattle Seahawks were one of the teams to deny Bieniemy.
Frankly, it is shocking that Bieniemy doesn't at least have a cushy OC job lined up. The Commanders stint was rough, but that was personnel-based more than anything. Plus, anybody with Bieniemy's track record of high-level success deserves a second chance. Andy Reid is the greatest offensive mind of a generation. Teams should be eager to hire his most acclaimed disciple.
The Seahawks hired the youngest head coach in the NFL, former Ravens DC Mike Macdonald, to take Pete Carroll's post. The key to a successful defensive head coach is his OC hire. Well, the Seahawks are going with local legend Ryan Grubb, the former Washington Huskies OC, instead of Bieniemy. Maybe it works out, maybe it doesn't. But a college coach over a two-time Super Bowl champ is a bold — and potentially catastrophic — decision.