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Colts Interview Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy for Head Coaching Emptiness

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJanuary 13, 2023

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy coaches against the Las Vegas Raiders in an NFL soccer recreation, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, in Las Vegas, NV. Chiefs won 31-13. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)

AP Photo/Jeff Lewis

Indianapolis Colts proprietor Jim Irsay announced that the crew has carried out an interview with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for its open head coaching dwelling.

Bieniemy, 53, has been the Chiefs offensive coordinator since 2018. Kansas City has been high six in scoring all 5 seasons since then, along with No. 1 in 2018 and 2022.

Outdated to his OC stint, Bieniemy worked as the Chiefs running backs coach from 2013 to 2017. Kansas City had a 1,000-yard rusher in three of those 5 campaigns, along with a breakout efficiency from then-rookie Kareem Hunt in 2017 (1,782 yards from scrimmage, 11 touchdowns).

Bieniemy starred at Colorado as a running succor and helped the Buffaloes enact No. 1 in the final 1990 Associated Press ballot, earning them co-champion popularity with Georgia Tech (No. 1 in the Coaches ballot). He played in the NFL from 1991 to 1999, amassing 1,589 rushing yards and 11 rankings for the San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles.

Bieniemy’s coaching occupation began in 2001 as Colorado’s running backs coach. He changed into with the Buffaloes for 2 years sooner than transferring on to UCLA as its running backs coach from 2003 to 2005.

He then moved on to the NFL, working as the Minnesota Vikings running backs coach from 2006 to 2009 sooner than earning the assistant head coach title in 2010. He coached Adrian Peterson for the predominant four years of his occupation, all of which ended with Pro Bowl appearances.

Bieniemy returned to Colorado as its offensive coordinator sooner than head coach Andy Reid added him to Kansas City’s team in 2013.

He changed into in Kansas City concurrently latest Colts total supervisor Chris Ballard, who changed into the Chiefs’ director of player personnel in 2013 and 2014 sooner than transferring onto the director of soccer operations feature in 2015 and 2016. Ballard then left for the Colts’ GM gig in 2017.

The Indianapolis Colts are in the marketplace for a brand fresh head coach after parting solutions with Frank Reich following a 3-5-1 open as much as this season. Jeff Saturday took over on an intervening time foundation and went 1-7.

Irsay announced earlier Thursday that the Colts had also carried out interviews with Indianapolis special groups coordinator Bubba Ventrone and Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero.

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