Minnesota Vikings coaching candidate No. 1: Eric Bieniemy
Every offseason, Eric Bieniemy emerges as a head coaching candidate and it’s always easy to see why. A former NFL running back, Bieniemy had a lot of success as the running backs coach with the Kansas City Chiefs — a title he held from 2013 through 2017.
He then took over as the offensive coordinator in 2018 and has continued to impress with his job knowledge. He’s also had quite the mentor in Andy Reid, who has one heck of a coaching tree.
As for his chances with Minnesota, there is a connection there. After spending a few seasons in the collegiate coaching ranks, Bieniemy joined the Vikings as their running backs coach in 2006. He remained with the team until 2010 and they were well aware of how talented he was.
They proved that as they promoted him to assistant head coach — in addition to his role as the running back coach. Bieniemy was able to work with Adrian Peterson at the time and could now return and help Dalvin Cook continue his stellar play.
He’s also proven in Kansas City that he knows how to get the most out of his wide receivers and with Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen in Minnesota, he should have no issue moving the ball through the air.