The last time the New York Giants hired an offensive coordinator who was experiencing a hot run, it didn’t go well – that was, of course, Pat Shurmur, who held the position for the Vikings before taking the Giants job after the firing of Ben McAdoo. We all know how that went, but it looks like the Giants might be in the market for another offensive coordinator who is in position to find a head coaching job.
This coach, however, has multiple options and seems to be a hotter prospect than Shurmur ever was.
The person in question would of course be Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, who has found success with one of the top offenses in the league and helped to get the most out of quarterback Pat Mahomes, who became a star under his watch in Kansas City. Aside from that, the Chiefs finished the year with 12 wins and are currently in the playoffs, thanks in no small part to the offensive side of the ball.
Giants have requested permission to interview Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy for their head-coaching job, per source. Panthers also have requested interview for Bieniemy.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 30, 2019
According to Adam Schefter, the Giants have requested permission to interview Bieniemy, along with the Panthers. It’s just one of a number of requests the Giants have made around the league, in addition to interviews that have already been scheduled. Still, it’s worth noting – especially with the Giants looking to find success in a similar way to the Chiefs, namely by setting up their young quarterback for success.
What does Chiefs head coach Andy Reid think about his offensive coordinator potentially getting a head coaching job this year?
“I think he’d be tremendous. There’s a team out there – I don’t know the team, but there’s a team out there – that could really use him. Being the leader of men that he is, you’re not going to find people better than that in that category. And he’s a sharp offensive mind on top of that. So I’m a big fan. Don’t want to lose him, but reality is, there’s a good chance that happens,” Reid told SNY.
Bieniemy isn’t as high on the list of candidates, at least seemingly, as other such as Matt Rhule and Ron Rivera, of course, or even former Packers coach Mike McCarthy. But that doesn’t mean the Giants shouldn’t consider all the options, the Chiefs OC included – not considering all the options well enough, after all, likely helped the team get into their current situation.