The Philadelphia Eagles requested a head coach interview with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, according to a report from NFL insider Mike Garafolo. It’s unclear when Bieniemy will be available to interview since the Chiefs are currently still alive in the 2021 NFL playoffs.
It sure would be something if the Eagles fired former Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson just to replace him with his eventual successor in Philly.
It sounds like that’s not likely to happen, though. As we wrote earlier on Saturday:
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler says Bieniemy is poised to get shut out of the hiring cycle for the second year in a row. He’s obviously a popular name amongst fans but he hasn’t actually been linked to the Eagles thus far [until now]. There are some reports about Bieniemy interviewing poorly. There’s also his “uncomfortable past” to consider. Fowler says the Eagles are “eyeing other candidates,” indicating their attention is turned elsewhere.
Not hard to understand why EB has generated so much buzz, though. Here’s how the Chiefs rank in offensive scoring since he was promoted to OC:
2018 — 1st
2019 — 5th
2020 — 6th
Of course, it’s hard to parse exactly how much credit EB deserves on his own when he’s not a full-time play-caller and he’s working with Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes. But one would think EB deserves some level of credit for KC’s success.
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Here’s a recap of where things stand with the Eagles’ coaching search:
49ers DC Robert Saleh Titans OC Arthur Smith
Buccaneers DC Todd Bowles
Patriots ILB coach Jerod Mayo
Eagles assistant head coach/RB coach Duce Staley
Panthers OC Joe Brady
Cowboys OC Kellen Moore
Rams DC Brandon Staley
Patriots OC Josh McDaniels
Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy
KEEPING TABS ON OTHER NFL COACHING SEARCHES
Houston Texans — Vacant
Detroit Lions — Vacant (but Dan Campbell favored)
Los Angeles Chargers — Vacant (but Brian Daboll favored)
Atlanta Falcons — Arthur Smith
New York Jets — Robert Saleh
Jacksonville Jaguars — Urban Meyer