Late Thursday night, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy reportedly made a decision on the Colorado coaching job. He’s staying put.
According to a report from Mike Klis of 9News, Bieniemy “notified his alma mater Wednesday night he would no longer seek the job.” The report ends any speculation of the talented coach taking his talents back to the collegiate ranks.
It’s a tough blow for Colorado, which reportedly believed had a legitimate chance at luring Bieniemy back to his alma mater. However, the timing didn’t seem right, with Bieniemy squarely in the conversation for an NFL head coaching job.
As Klis noted in his report, Bieniemy never actually interviewed for the job. However, the two sides reportedly stayed in contact throughout the process. In the end, Bieniemy decided to stay with the Chiefs, where he coaches the NFL’s best quarterback.
Eric Bieniemy turned down CU last night per source. CU came back at him again today but he didn’t change mind. CU stayed patient while Bienemy vacationed. While Bieniemy was never formally interviewed, two sides stayed in contact. He appeared to be CU’s top choice. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) February 21, 2020
Bieniemy starred for Colorado as the team’s starting running back. He took home All-American honors after finishing the 1990 season as the nation’s second-leading rusher.
After playing in the NFL, he made two stints on the Colorado coaching staff before going back to the NFL as a coach.
The former star running back is arguably the top candidate for NFL openings following the 2020 season.
He’s interviewed for several jobs over the past few years and seems poised to finally land one.