Eric Bieniemy is still waiting for his opportunity to became a head coach in the NFL, even though his resume is arguably better than some candidates that currently have head coaching gigs. Bieniemy, the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, is looking to become Andy Reid's fourth offensive coordinator to become a head coach, and the third in his seven seasons leading Kansas City.
Bieniemy's time to lead a team is coming, even though it should have happened already.
"I've always been a patient man," Bieniemy said on NFL Total Access Tuesday. "I get an opportunity to work with Andy Reid, (Chiefs general manager) Brett Veach, Mark Donovan our (Chiefs) president and then our (Chiefs) owner Clark Hunt. I have nothing to worry about."
The Chiefs' offense has accelerated to new heights under Bieniemy, leading the NFL in scoring and total yards in his first season at the helm (2018). While Kansas City fell to sixth in total yards and fifth in scoring in 2019, the Chiefs offense averaged 39 points per game in the postseason en route to winning Super Bowl LIV.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown for 9,128 yards and 76 touchdowns against just 18 interceptions in his two full seasons as a starting quarterback (109.6 passer rating), both of which are under Bieniemy. Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns in his MVP season of 2018 and completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 4,031 yards and 26 touchdowns to just five interceptions (105.3 rating) while playing the majority of 2019 with a knee injury. In the playoffs, Mahomes threw for 901 yards with 10 touchdowns to just two interceptions (111.5 rating) and earned Super Bowl MVP honors, leading Kansas City to its first Super Bowl title in 50 years.
Safe to say Bieniemy is outperforming his current job title.
"In order to get a job, you gotta make sure you're doing your job," Bieniemy said. "So, I'm blessed and fortunate to be in the situation that I'm in. And on top of that, the only thing I know is the grind. And when the timing is right, it will be right.
"And it has to be a great fit. So, being patient, I have no problem with that. The only thing I know how to do is keep chopping wood. And everything will work out for the best when it's all said and done."
That head coaching job is coming for Bieniemy, as there were more than five head-coach openings in each of the past four years. There's a good chance the right job comes for Bieniemy in 2021, as he is more than qualified for a job.