KANSAS CITY, MO – Eric Bieniemy is spending the second straight year this week not only preparing the Kansas City Chiefs for the Super Bowl, but explaining why he isn’t an NFL head coach.
Bieniemy said Tuesday that although he interviewed for six openings this year and for several openings last year, the right job has yet to come.
“It’s always about finding the right job,” said the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator. “Sometimes the job and the person have to connect. There has to be a connection. The only thing I can do is be the most authentic me. That’s me. I can only be me. A team has to want me. For whatever reason didn’t fit that chemistry. There wasn’t a chance to connect, but that’s fine. At the end of the day, I have a chance to go out here and work with the Kansas City Chiefs great organization …
“I’m excited for the opportunity I’ve been given. I can’t control the other things. It’s out of my control. The only thing I can worry about is today and going forward, which I have to do with ours Boys are at their best next Sunday. “
Bieniemy said he had to do with the disappointment by focusing on Sunday’s game. The Chiefs have the chance to be the first team to win championships in more than 15 consecutive years when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Super Bowl LV.
“We have had a lot of success here, which put me in the situation that I was recognized for some jobs as an interview,” said Bieniemy. “These interviews weren’t dropped for some reason, which is fine as at the end of the day I still have the opportunity to go outside and help our team pursue and achieve our goal.”
“Yes, there is one focus where you focus on this interview. But once this interview is over, it will be time to turn the page. I cannot sit here and pity me because when all is said and done It’s my responsibility to the Kansas City Chiefs … to make sure we’re mentally and physically ready to play next game day, that’s how I am and how I work.
“I learned how to endure through adversity a long time ago. The nice thing about it isn’t so much that I have to endure because it will take care of itself. It ensures that anything that happens to Eric Bieniemy doesn’t last become a distraction in us when we pursue our dreams and goals. “
Buccaneer’s head coach Bruce Arians was asked if it would help if the NFL came up with a rule to postpone the hiring cycle after the Super Bowl.
“I think that would be a great rule. I really do that if everyone had to wait until after that. I know everyone is going to get behind their backs anyway and the agents will have arrangements with people, but I think the hiring process should until then wait the season. “
ESPN’s Jenna Laine contributed to this report.