The New Orleans Saints need a new head coach and the interview process is now over. It concluded on Saturday after the team spoke with Eric Bieniemy, who has served as the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator since 2018.
If Bieniemy ends up being the man New Orleans hires to take over for Sean Payton, who would the pros and cons be?
Pros of Saints hiring Eric Bieniemy as next head coach
It’s no secret that Bieniemy has been the offensive coordinator of one of the most explosive offenses in the league. In his first year as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator, Kansas City had the best total offense in the league and Patrick Mahomes went on to win league MVP in his first year as a starter.
The Chiefs offense has continued to be a juggernaut with Bieniemy at the helm. He’s had his fair share of head coaching interviews but hasn’t landed one yet. Teams recognize what he’s been able to do and he’s definitely an asset on the offensive side of the ball.
Cons of Saints hiring Eric Bieniemy as next head coach
One of the biggest knocks on Bieniemy is that he isn’t the one calling the plays in Kansas City. That duty belongs to head coach Andy Reid and this could be why Bieniemy hasn’t gotten a head coaching job yet.
I mentioned how Bieniemy had interviewed with teams in the past but hadn’t been pried away from KC yet. Why is this the case? Does he not interview well? Is his checkered past a problem for teams? Is it because Reid calls the plays?
This is what worries me about Bieniemy. He’s a major unknown and the Saints desperately need someone who can pull their offense out of the mud. Bieniemy has led some impressive offenses in Kansas City but it appears he’s lost his luster in the head coaching carousel talk and that’s why perhaps the Saints should steer clear of him.
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How would you feel if New Orleans hired Eric Bieniemy as their next head coach?