Bieniemy not stating his case amid Rooney Rule changes

Chiefs 49ers Super Bowl Football Eric Bieniemy
Posted at 8:25 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 21:25:30-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — About the only person in and around the Chiefs who hasn't complained about Eric Bieniemy not getting an NFL head coaching job yet, is Eric Bieniemy.

"When it's all said and done with, I can't control all the controllables," Bieniemy said on Tuesday.

Bieniemy's name is back in the news as the NFL institutes changes to its Rooney Rule, which had required NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate for every head coaching vacancy.

"One thing, as a coach, you always want to be judged upon your own merit," Bieniemy said.

To that end, following two seasons of leading the NFL's most productive offense, Bieniemy has been turned down for seven jobs, including the Panthers, Browns and Giants after this past regular season.

"At the end of the day, the best coach is going to be hired," Bieniemy said.

But with four minority head coaches and two minority general managers, the NFL fears that last statement isn't true. Thus, it's adding on to the Rooney Rule. From now on teams must interview two or more minority head coaching candidates. They also must interview minorities for coordinator positions and some front office roles.

Bieniemy said he's happy the NFL is looking to open more doors, but isn't campaigning for himself.

"The only thing I can control is where we're at and what we're doing," he said.