Colts interview Chiefs OC Eric Bienemy for HC position
As the Indianapolis Colts search for their new head coach, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy has entered their radar. The Colts would expect Bienemy to bring the firepower that Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense have shown in Indianapolis.
Bienemy interviewed with the Colts on Thursday, team owner Jim Irsay confirmed. Indianapolis fired Frank Reich midway through the season and then went 1-7 under interim coach Jeff Saturday.
Bienemy has been the CO of the Chiefs since 2018. Kansas City has been one of the best offensive teams during his tenure. Last regular season, the Chiefs ranked first in the NFL in total offense, averaging 413.6 yards per game.
Being one of the NFL’s leaders in total offense is something the Chiefs have become accustomed to under Bienemy’s watch. During the regular season, they were third in 2021 (396.8 YPG), first in 2020 (415.8 YPG), sixth in 2019 (379.2 YPG) and first in 2018 (425.6 YPG).
Last season, the Colts were one of the worst offensive teams in the NFL. Indianapolis finished 25th in the league, averaging 311.6 yards per game. They also had a revolving door at quarterback. The Colts hope that what Bienemy has done with Mahomes will translate to whoever they instill as their new QB.
Indianapolis has made the playoffs just once in the past four years and failed to make it past the Wild Card round. Bienemy has impressed as an offensive coordinator and gotten interviews but has never been hired as a head coach.
Perhaps at this point, the Colts feel that Bienemy is everything they are looking for in a head coach. Bienemy could get his chance in Indianapolis.