Longtime ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith says that he is "sickened" by one NFL head coaching hire this month.
A couple of NFL head coaching vacancies have been filled, with the Chicago Bears hiring Matt Eberflus, the Las Vegas Raiders hiring Josh McDaniels, the New York Giants hiring Brian Daboll and the Denver Broncos hiring Nathaniel Hackett.
Smith is bothered by the Broncos' decision. He believes Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy was deserving of an opportunity.
“It’s just a damn shame when I see something like this. In regards to Eric Bieniemy and his resume, and then you put that up against Nathaniel Hackett’s resume because the great Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been to the Super Bowl since 2010 and Hackett wasn’t even an offensive coordinator in the National Football League at that particular moment in time,” Smith said.
“He didn’t get to Buffalo until 2013. And so for him, to end up getting a head coaching job when he had Aaron Rodgers and him in combination with Matt LaFleur hasn’t been able to get you over the hump. And you just scored 10 points in an NFC divisional playoff game on your home turf in inclement weather when you were supposed to be the deciding advantage against the San Francisco 49ers team that was playing on a short week and had Jimmy Garoppolo as their quarterback and special teams scored. The defense for Green Bay held you to six points and your offense can’t generate more than 10 points. And a couple of weeks later you get a head coaching job, but Eric Bieniemy, with those qualifications, doesn’t get the job.
“I’m telling you right now, as a Black man, it is sickening, it is insulting, and it bothers the living hell out of me.”
At this point, it doesn't look like Bieniemy will get a head coaching opportunity this offseason.
Kansas City is currently taking on Cincinnati in the AFC Championship Game.