REPORT: Matt Nagy Emerging as “Top Choice” for Chiefs Offensive Coordinator
Even though Eric Bieniemy has been making his rounds in the interview cycle in recent years, no NFL team has hired him to be their head coach. It has been an odd stalling in the career arc of a successful offensive coach who has risen through the ranks and worked closely with Andy Reid, whose assistants tend to get head-coaching gigs after climbing the ladder under the now two-time Super Bowl winner.
Bieniemy isn’t getting his shot to be the head honcho just yet. However, leaving the roost to show he can do it without Reid ahead of him on the pecking order might boost his résumé during the next hiring cycle. At least, that has to be the line of thinking that leads him to be on the cusp of joining the Washington Commanders as their next offensive coordinator.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport has more:
Rap Sheet saying Bieniemy and the Commanders are “trending in the right direction” and have “mutual interest” makes it feel like the two sides are on the brink of a deal. And it could even be done by today. This would make for excellent timing. We’re less than two weeks from the NFL Scouting Combine. There are only 26 days until the start of the new league year opening. And just 69 days from the NFL Draft opening its doors. In other words, Bieniemy has a lot of ground to cover in a short span of time. It’ll be an accelerated process, to be sure. But I have no doubts Bieniemy is looking forward to it. After all, he’ll be the top-ranking offensive voice for a Washington franchise led by defensive-minded head coach Ron Rivera.
As for the fallout in Kansas City, it appears the Chiefs already have their ducks in a row. Once again, it is Rapoport on the case reporting that Matt Nagy has emerged as a top candidate to take Bieniemy’s gig.
Nagy became K.C.’s Quarterbacks Coach/Senior Assistant last offseason after the Chicago Bears fired him after the 2021 season. If it happens, it will be Nagy’s second stint as Chiefs offensive coordinator. Perhaps it’ll be another next step toward Nagy becoming Reid’s heir apparent, which was something floated during the 2022 season. I’m all for second chances, mind you. Keep in mind that the Titans once had an interest in interviewing for their OC opening. So it’s not as if interest in Nagy is totally out of the blue. Plus, I appreciate Nagy’s reflective state of mind a year after his dismissal. But this all feels so soon.
In the end, I’m hoping for the best for Bieniemy. But I’m fearful that leaving the Super Bowl champs to work for Daniel Snyder and a franchise in constant turmoil is a risky proposition. May the Force be with you, Eric. You’re going to need it.