Former Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy had social media on fire today with his comments about his short tenure under Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy.
Speaking on Brandon Marshall’s “I Am Athlete Tonight” SiriusXM program on Wednesday, McCoy said that differences between himself and Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy are the reason he did not return to the team after its 2019 Super Bowl-winning campaign. He also laid out why he has never gotten a head coaching job.
Reid came to the defense of his offensive coordinator as he suggested that Bieniemy might have simply told McCoy something that he didn’t want to hear.
“I think, sometimes, it’s hard on a veteran player,” Reid said. “Maybe their performance level isn’t what it used to be. It’s hard to take sometimes. But (Eric Bieniemy) has got to push it and try to maximize what you’ve got. That’s one of his strengths. He’s no different than he is when he’s with you guys. He’s going to come in and shoot you straight. Sometimes you want to hear it, sometimes you don’t.”
“I’m a big LeSean (McCoy) fan,” Reid said. “In my eyes, he’s a future Hall of Fame running back. If you look at it statistically, he was tremendous. But he wasn’t the youngest pup in the kennel here, man. He was on the backside (of his career) and sometimes that is hard to take.”
Bieniemy has interviewed for just about every high-profile head coaching job that has opened up over the last 4-5 years, yet he will be returning to the Chiefs for a fifth season in 2022.