KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy faces another closed door as he won't become a head coach in this NFL coaching cycle.
Many are asking why Bieniemy was passed over for a second consecutive year after the Houston Texans announced their plans to hire David Culvey into their head coaching position.
Bieniemy interviewed for all seven head coaching vacancies in the NFL, but none gave the decorated coordinator the call.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Thursday he's glad to have Bieniemy but also "not so glad" to have him. Reid continued to say,
"I was really hoping that he would have an opportunity to take one these jobs," Reid said. "You guys know what I think of him. I think he is great and I think he would have been great for any of the number of teams that opened up, and help them win football games, and also develop men into men ... I just think he is a great person."
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes says it "baffles him" that teams continue to pass Bieniemy over with all his qualifications.
Wide receiver Tyreek Hill agreed.
"I'm not a GM or anything but I will say Coach Bieniemy has helped me a lot — the man, the player and just everything I have become," Hill said. "It's just very shocking you know that he didn't get a job. I know deep down inside he's gonna look himself in the mirror and say, 'What do I have to do better to get that job?' He's that kind of dude. He wants to get better. His time will come. Everything happens for a reason"
As the Chiefs head to the Super Bowl for the second straight year, Bieniemy hits the drawing board once more.