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.
Eric Bieniemy interviews with Texans assupport grows. @TonyDungy 'I’ve seen the dynamic, what he’s done with Andy (Reid) and he’s got all of credentials. It's how the players relate to Eric. When things are tough, Eric has a way of getting everybody goinghttps://t.co/x4JHzViLPT— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) January 19, 2021
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:
Per source: #Texans have zeroed in on Eric Bieniemy as their next head coach, there is one issue currently being negotiated— Just Some Dude (@HoustonFBpodguy) January 18, 2021
Eric wants partial roster control
Things are fluid but we are getting closer
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.
.@Chiefs Coach Andy Reid on Eric Bieniemy who interviewed w/ #Texans today: “Everybody knows what I think of Eric & what kind of head coach I think he’d be.Maybe the best I think I can tell u is I hope he goes to the NFC..somebody I would have loved for my son to have played for” pic.twitter.com/JFY6avzDFE— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 18, 2021
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!