Standing at 1-5 and with little to be optimistic about, it's evident the Chicago Bears need to make a change, especially at head coach. Is Washington Commanders offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy the answer? It seems like he could be a valid option for the Bears.
Bears head coach Matt Eberflus has the third-best odds of being fired behind only Commanders coach Ron Rivera and Raiders coach Josh McDaniels, per Covers.com. Eberflus is on the hot seat as well. With a 4-19 record through his first 23 games, he's most definitely out after this season and is arguably the worst coach in Bears history. Before being hired by the Bears, Eberflus saw little success as the Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator.
Should the Chicago Bears replace Matt Eberflus with Eric Bieniemy?
Meanwhile, Bieniemy has won everywhere he's gone. He rose up the coaching ranks at UCLA, Colorado, and in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings before being hired as the Kansas City Chiefs running backs coach in Andy Reid's first year with the team in 2013.
He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2018 and really showed promise. He played an instrumental role in the development of star quarterback Patrick Mahomes and was the coordinator for the best offense in football winning two Super Bowls in the process. Under Bieniemy, the Chiefs were almost always a top-five offense and fighting for a Super Bowl. Without Bieniemy, the Chiefs would've never won those Super Bowls and we wouldn't be having dynasty conversations about them.
Even with this success, the red-hot offensive guru had trouble landing a head coaching gig. At first, people thought Bieniemy's success was because of Reid and that Bieniemy wasn't a factor. This narrative, brought by the media, hurt Bieniemy when it came time for head-coach interviews. He was always a top candidate with tons of interview requests but never received an offer.
This was a major controversy in the NFL, especially since less qualified coaches were being hired all across the NFL. Some pundits even brought up the lack of diversity among NFL head coaches and argued this was the reason why he wasn't hired. Previous offensive coordinators to coach under Reid and become head coaches include Chiefs Doug Pederson and Matt Nagy, so it's odd no one hired him.
Regardless, Bieniemy was given a chance to prove himself without Reid when he became the Washington Commanders offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Since then, the Commanders' offense has flourished as the Chiefs' offense has regressed.
A proven winner, Bieniemy has earned the right to become the Bears' next head coach. He can create a modern offense that will get the Bears out of last place in the NFC. Also, with two first-round picks in next year's draft and a healthy salary cap situation, Chicago is an ideal landing spot for a new head coach.
Hiring a coach whose offense has been in the top 10 of every major category for the past five years isn't such a bad idea.
A former running back in the NFL, Bieniemy is a players-coach and can get the best out of any roster. His work with Washington has turned some heads and will definitely earn him the head coaching job he's fought to get for so long.
As a player, Bieniemy played college football with the Colorado Buffaloes way before Coach Prime got there. Bieniemy became the Buffaloes' all-time leading rusher and guided them to a national championship in 1990. In the NFL, he helped the San Diego Chargers reach their first Super Bowl appearance in 1994, a blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Bieniemy also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Philadelphia Eagles.