Doug Gottlieb: “I talked to three different people in three different front offices last night and I was trying to figure out ‘What’s the deal?’ No one disliked Bienemy, there was nothing in a background check that wouldn’t let you hire him, and there was nothing in regards to somebody you didn’t enjoy the conversation with. Nobody was like ‘I CAN’T WORK WITH THIS GUY.’ But it was interesting because with each different job that I had spoken to somebody about, it felt like the way in which it was described was that it wasn’t that he wasn’t prepared, or that he didn’t have a general plan, it was just that he didn’t have a lot of details to it… I don’t think anyone wants to hire a coach because social media told them to hire a coach, but I don’t think that’s an issue of why he hasn’t gotten a job yet. If people understand the level of preparedness it takes for each of these interviews and the level of detail that most of these places would like to require... Is Dan Campbell a ‘rah-rah’ guy, yeah, but you also have to factor in that the Detroit Lions don’t know who their quarterback is going to be, they had a head coach who thought he knew more than everybody, hadn’t played, and everybody disliked him. So what do you do? You bring in a guy who everybody likes, HAS played, and who just has great positive energy, as was the case with the press conference. Nick Cirianni spent time with Andy Reid too, but the difference was that he was with Frank Reich, who was the one guy who really connected with Carson Wentz, and this was all about Carson Wentz. Every guy I talked to about Bieniemy was like ‘he was good and I can see him becoming a head coach, it’s just for us there wasn’t a lot of detail, and I think it might be because he’s doing too many interviews while still having his other job.’… I would say that’s what’s holding him back from a job. It’s a little bit like Trump for the last six months of his presidency talking about how he has a ‘plan’ for healthcare and he never released it. That’s a little bit like what they felt like with Bieniemy in terms of he had the ‘ideas’ of a plan, but did not seem to have a plan on how to implement that, or in comparison to how the others he was competing against.”
Listen to Doug Gottlieb explain why he doesn’t think Eric Bieniemy has yet to be hired as a head coach in the NFL, as Doug says he talked to three NFL front office members from three different teams after Bieniemy most recently lost out to Dan Campbell and Nick Sirianni for the Lions and Eagles head coaching jobs, respectively.
Bieniemy joins a coaching pool of Brian Daboll, Joe Brady, Greg Roman, Byron Leftwich, Patrick Graham, Don Martindale, and even Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley and Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald as the most prominent coordinator names who are still looking for their first head coaching opportunities, with names like Todd Bowles, Josh McDaniels, Leslie Frazier, and Raheem Morris trying to get their second chance.
The 51-year-old Bieniemy has been with the Chiefs since 2013, acting as the running backs coach from 2013-2017, and has been their offensive coordinator since 2018.
Check out the audio above as Gottlieb gives his insight on why he believes it hasn't worked out yet for Beiniemy, adding that it takes more than just a push on Twitter to get someone hired.