Kansas City Chiefs must interview minority candidate for OC vacancy
Eric Bieniemy has officially put pen to paper to become assistant head coach and offensive coordinator with the Washington Commanders. Bieniemy was the team’s offensive coordinator since 2018, coaching Kansas City to a top-5 offense in all but one of his five seasons with the team.
Replacing Bieniemy’s presence on the field and in the locker room as a leader and motivator will be a tough task for Chiefs HC Andy Reid. Recent reports indicate that Matt Nagy will be named offensive coordinator in Bieniemy’s stead, but the team will have to interview at least one external minority coaching candidate in order to satisfy the Rooney Rule.
For those unfamiliar with the Rooney Rule, the NFL initially adopted the rule back in 2009 in order to help foster diversity among coaches in the NFL. It originally only covered head-coaching candidates, but it has since been expanded to include general managers, coordinators and QB coaches.
So who could potentially be some of the external candidates that the team looks to interview for this vacancy?
Reid could potentially interview some former members of his coaching staff like former Texans HC David Culley, who was a wide receivers coach in Kansas City from 2013-2016. He could also look to Deland McCullough, who coached running backs with the Chiefs from 2018-2020 and is currently coaching running backs at Notre Dame. Another option is Titans pass game coordinator and QB coach Charles London, who was a scout on Reid’s staff with the Eagles in 2010.
Reid could stray outside his circle and go after someone they faced in Super Bowl LVII, like Eagles QB coach Brian Johnson. Saints QB coach Ronald Curry (who already turned down Bucs and Broncos jobs) also comes to mind as an ascendant offensive coach in the league. There won’t be a shortage of options, but with Nagy already being considered the “top choice” by NFL insiders, it puts one of the many problems with the Rooney Rule on full display. How does this serve diversity if Nagy is already expected to be Bieniemy’s successor?