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The Texans Need To Hire Eric Bieniemy

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Yesterday, your Houston Texans completed an interview with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator and “hot ticket” head coaching candidate Eric Bieniemy. Despite not requesting an interview with Bieniemy in time to get it done prior to last weekend’s playoff games, the NFL and Kansas City Chiefs graciously agreed to let Nick Caserio and the Texans interview Bieniemy outside the normal calendar parameters for teams competing in the postseason.

As we often see with hot draft prospects, the takes on Bieniemy are polarizing, to say the least.

While some argue that if he was as good a candidate as advertised someone else would have snagged him by now, let’s remember that dozens of teams passed on Bill Belichick, Sean Peyton, Mike Tomlin, and other Super Bowl winning coaches.

Rumors are floating around that the Texans and Bieniemy could be closing in on a deal. That should not only make Texans fans happy; it should make Deshaun Watson happy (which would also make Texans fans happy, or happier). There is an alleged sticking point in the Bieniemy-to-Houston negotiations, though:

How a franchise that let Bill O’Brien and Jack Easterby trade away Jadeveon Clowney and DeAndre Hopkins for peanuts can have any issue whatsoever with allowing a Super Bowl winning coach to have some roster control is mind boggling. No solid coaching candidate is going to accept a total lack of input with the roster.

With how things have gone this offseason, it doesn’t really matter if Bieniemy crashes and burns as the next Houston Texans coach if his hiring means Deshaun Watson sticks around. If Watson leaves, any coach Caserio and crew hire will crash and burn.

This story is very fluid, so stay tuned!