Chiefs’ OC Eric Bieniemy a Firm Favourite to Land the Atlanta Falcons Job

January 10, 2021 8:50 pm

Kansas City Chiefs’ Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy was called in for an interview with the Atlanta Falcons earlier this week. Now Bieniemy feels like he’s caught in the middle of a fix to become the new Head Coach of the Falcons.

Around the same time, rumors about the Chiefs OC’s lack of preparation for the interviews were running rampant. Falcons officials were livid after having heard such rumors and refuted any such falsehoods.

Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) celebrates with head coach Andy Reid his touchdown scored against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bieniemy, considered one of the best candidates for the post of Head Coach, has interviewed for many head-coaching openings over the last three postseasons.

According to sources Bieniemy was “prepared, knew everything about the team, had a great plan, and is a bona fide candidate.”

Bieniemy has good relations with the Falcons as they played the Chiefs in Week 16. Kansas took the win home after a failed field goal attempt by Atlanta.

Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes support Eric Bieniemy

Wyche’s source cited strong recommendations from players, league officials, and other team officials as reasons justifying Bieniemy as an attractive option. Reid and Mahomes had been campaigning for him to get this opportunity for a long time.

After the Falcons lost their 5th game in a row back in October, they fired Head Coach Dan Quinn. He had been at the helm of their ship for the last 6 seasons. GM Thomas Dimitroff, in addition to Coach Quinn, was led to the guillotine.

Nov 1, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy look on from the sideline during the first half against the New York Jets at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons interview multiple candidates

The Falcons looked to Raheem Morris in a bid to fill the void at the helm in the capacity of an Interim Head Coach. He coached the Falcons to a 4-12 record this season.

The Falcons opted to keep their options open as they interviewed a number of potential candidates for the post. Panthers Offensive Coordinator Joe Brady, 49ers Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh, and Packers Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett were some names that were on the table.

Milind Bage

Milind Bage is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports. He has participated at the state and national level across multiple sports. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, with decent experience in the field of content writing, client servicing, marketing, and branding. His favorite quarterback is Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers.

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