Chiefs’ Eric Bieniemy reflects on NFL accelerator program experience

The Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy has been filled with rumors and speculations surrounding his inability to earn a head-coaching job for the past few months.

Players and members of the Chiefs’ coaching staff have spoken up for Bienemy, shooting down the adverse reports but entering a new season, the spotlight will be on the veteran play-caller. Bienemy enters another season as the Chiefs offensive coordinator after many believed he would be a head coach by now interviewing over a dozen teams over the years. He’s been endorsed annually by players and coaches for jobs but hasn’t yet landed a position.

The lack of diversity around various head coaches has been a problem that the league has sought to address following a hiring cycle that did not yield the most diverse results. Bienemy recently attended a new NFL program, which sought to bring diverse coaching and front office candidates together for leadership development and networking opportunities. During Thursday’s OTAs press conference, Bieniemy spoke about attending the NFL’s accelerator program.

“I actually thought the league did an outstanding job,” Bieniemy said. “So the thing that I loved about it was that there was a lot of things, but as a coach, we always have an opportunity to interact with other coaches. So that was good. Obviously, having that interaction. The thing that we do not get the luxury of is the opportunity to deal with Tim Terry’s. I have an opportunity to go deal with who was the next Brett Veatch. Okay, who ‘s the next Ryan Poles. That was exciting. Now you get to meet people behind the scenes and make things work and personnel. I thought it was great having the opportunity to interact with all the different people from around the league. On top of that, just sitting there having a conversation with owners, and just everyday conversation, it just breaks down barriers, it breaks down walls, where you can sit there, look someone in the eye and have a legit conversation with them just about. Life, I thought they did a hell of a job. It was a lot of workshops. It was a lot of, you know, education-type deals. But on top of that, it was more and more people who are in this industry like myself, having an opportunity to just interact and understand how people view things when you’re going through that interview process. “

Bienemy followed up with more insight on his stance and appreciation for the event. He praised the inclusive environment for allowing everyone to get to know one another from a personal standpoint.

“It’s a different setting,” Bieniemy explained. “So Darren (Smith) you’ve got to understand, it’s just like me and you’re going out to this bar, and you’re down there we’re going to sit and talk about different things, right? We may have a conversation about life. Okay, what are some of your personal interests? What are some of the things that you value? So it ‘s out of a business setting. It’s a personal setting where you get to know people. And I think that’s important because not everyone knows Eric Bienemy. And so I don’t know all those owners. And I think the benefit and what the league did was huge because it not only gave me an opportunity, but it gave the Vance Josephs the world. I know Vance has been a head coach; He had the Terry Josephs of the world, to Cari Joseph’s, I mean, I could go on and name so many different people. It gave everyone a voice and a view to see exactly that window, what is it like, okay to interact with those people, but also on top of that, to have that opportunity, to just say, ‘Hey, this is who I am. am. ‘”

In each of the past three offseasons, Bienemy is interviewed for a head coaching job after orchestrating one of the best offenses in the league. He’s been surprisingly denied many opportunities, but he’s not letting the disappointment diminish his dream of one day being in charge of a coaching staff in the NFL.

“I’ve just got to go get it,” said Bienemy. “I am not seeking any comfort. You know, I’ve gotten it for whatever reason – it doesn’t matter. I’m gonna keep knocking on that door. I’m going to keep working my ass off to make sure it happens. So my job this year is to make sure we take care of the business that needs to be taken care of today to help us achieve this goal down the road. But then it’s time for me, when presented, to just go and get the job. “

Bienemy has helped lead the development in all-pro quarterback Patrick Mahomes throughout his career and has been the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game every year as offensive coordinator. The frustration has fueled him to continue to improve with his current role in the expectation that things will change in the future.

“Yes, it’s tough, but I wouldn’t let that keep me from doing what I do,” Bieniemy explained. “I’m still alive. I’m breathing. I have an opportunity to work with a championship team. So that ‘s the beauty of it. And so the thing about it, like I said, I don’t seek any comfort. I don’t want any pity. Because this is who I am. I’m gonna keep pushing, keep knocking because when it’s all said and done I know who I am, and I’m comfortable with the person that I’m striving to be. “

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