Best replacements for Eric Bieniemy if he leaves Kansas City

If Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy decides to pursue other opportunities, let’s break down potential replacements for the long-time Chiefs coach.

Many different rumors have swirled around Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy including the recent article that was posted about what potentially led to the downfall between Bieniemy and Mahomes. With the relationships, he has built with the players on the offense, if he decides he would rather leave Kansas City to chase other dreams, who could replace him in the red and yellow?

Matt Nagy

Chiefs fans seem to be divided across the board about the potential for a KC-Nagy reunion. Some people are all for it and are ready to welcome Nagy back to the Chiefs with open arms. He has a history with Andy Reid and had a great amount of success in Kansas City before he left. On the other hand, some fans want no part of Nagy. After seeing the disastrous end to his tenure in Chicago, concerns can be made about his ability to control a locker room.

Nagy has a long history working under Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. He got his start with them as a coaching intern in 2008 and bounced around with the Eagles until Reid departed for KC. Nagy was then brought on as the quarterback’s coach to work with Alex Smith. He was seen as one of the top assistants in the league, leading to his promotion as the head coach of the Chicago Bears. During his first season as the Bears headman, he was awarded the AP NFL Coach of the Year award.

If Nagy wants to come back to Kansas City, Reid should be able to help return him to his former self. Nagy’s rocky ending to his time leading the Bears could prevent the Chiefs’ front office from pursuing a potential reunion. I think at this point in time if EB wants to leave, Nagy should be Brett Veach’s first phone call when looking for a replacement.

Liam Coen

This next option comes from the college coaching ranks. Liam Coen is an up-and-coming assistant and he’s only 36. After bouncing around several colleges at the beginning of his career, he landed with the Los Angeles Rams in 2018 as an assistant wide receivers coach. He switched to assistant quarterbacks coach before being hired as the offensive coordinator at the University of Kentucky.

One of Coen’s best traits has stemmed from his offensive play scheming ability, which caught the eye of Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops. Coen presented Stoops with a detailed plan of schedules and responsibilities as well as a video compilation for 300 offensive plays he thought he could implement within the Wildcats offense.

This would be a huge step up for Coen, who only has a year under his belt as a college offensive coordinator. Although, he has been linked back to potentially joining the Rams after Kevin O’Connor left to be the new head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. If he doesn’t end up back in sunny Los Angeles and the Chiefs look to the college ranks, Coen should be a top option as a potential successor of Eric Bieniemy.

Dave Toub

If the Chiefs choose to promote from within there are many potential suitors, one of them being Dave Toub. Toub has been with the Chiefs since Reid’s arrival as the special team’s coordinator and was also tabbed the assistant head coach job in 2018. During Toub’s career in Kansas City, he has finished inside the top ten all but one season in average kick return yards.

Toub is seen as one of the most knowledgeable coaches within the Chiefs organization knowing the strengths and weaknesses of almost the entire roster. If a coach is knowledgeable of his players he can learn how they can be useful to the team based on their strengths. A majority of position players use special teams as a way to get their foot in the door often leading to bigger roles within the team.

I think that Toub could be an interesting option for the offensive coordinating position should he get a crack at it. Knowing the ins and outs of the team as a whole makes for an intriguing option to help Reid control the Chiefs’ high-powered offense.

Longshots

The following is a list of potential coaches/former players that could end up in Kansas City if there’s a coaching change for the Chiefs.

  • Baylor OC/TEs coach Jeff Grimes
  • Former Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter
  • Former Broncos OC Pat Shurmur
  • Former Chiefs QB Alex Smith
  • Lions RB coach Duce Staley