Former Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy wants to see Eric Bieniemy succeed, but isn’t quite ready to buy the hype about him as offensive coordinator based on his personal experiences with the team.
During an appearance on FS1 this weekMcCoy said he doesn’t know where Bieniemy’s value as offensive coordinator is because it was coach Andy Reid who engineered the passing plays in Kansas City and corrected everyone in the movie theater.
McCoy spent the 2019 season as a member of the Chiefs, appearing in 13 games and starting nine.
Bieniemy has been a major topic of discussion in recent years during head coaching hiring cycles, especially as he continues to be passed over for jobs.
After the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win, he left Kansas City and took the offensive coordinator job with the Washington Commanders.
“I’ve been in the rooms where he’s coaching and it has absolutely nothing to do with the pass game,” McCoy said.
“When plays are designed, that’s Andy Reid. When you talk about offensive coordinators, I can tell you what makes Brian Daboll with the Giants a great coordinator. I can tell you about Andy Reid or Doug Pederson. But Eric Bieniemy, what “makes him good? When we look at the workout footage and correct wide receivers, running backs, quarterbacks, he doesn’t speak there. Andy Reid speaks there.”
McCoy went on to say that he wants Bieniemy to succeed because he’s a black coach and he wants to see black coaches win, but based on his own experience he’s simply not sure what Bieniemy brings.
Trying to separate how much of the Chiefs’ offense is Reid and how much Bieniemy has been one of the subplots of his coaching career, and that doesn’t even go into the variable that Patrick Mahomes is having at quarterback.
If nothing else, we should get a pretty definitive answer about what Bieniemy brings going into the 2023 season, when he presumably gets a chance to have a full hands-on approach to the commanders’ offense. If he can succeed there with what is currently a volatile quarterback situation, no one should question his ability to design and build an offense.