Former Bengals running back named Chiefs offensive coordinator
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP/WKRC) - The Chiefs have promoted running backs coach Eric Bieniemy to offensive coordinator, filling the job that Matt Nagy left open when he was hired as the head coach of the Chicago Bears.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced the promotion in a statement Tuesday.
Bieniemy has spent five seasons with the Chiefs, joining the franchise when Reid was hired as the head coach. He has experience as an offensive coordinator during a two-year stint at Colorado, his alma mater, and also spent five seasons as running backs coach with the Minnesota Vikings.
Bieniemy was a second-round pick of the Chargers in 1991, and played running back for nine seasons with San Diego, Cincinnati and Philadelphia. He played for Reid in his final season with the Eagles.
Bieniemy’s best professional season was with the Bengals in 1995, when he combined for 805 yards rushing and receiving to go along with three touchdowns. From 1995-98 he was a backup to Harold Green, Garrison Hearst and Corey Dillon and compiled 803 yards on the ground and scored six times.
He still holds the Bengals record for the longest kick return, which was 102 yards in Giants Stadium in 1997.