Eric Bieniemy has served as the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs for four seasons now, and every offseason we have to hear that he is not being selected to be the head coach of any NFL team. He will return for his fifth season after signing a reported one-year extension in February.
As the offensive coordinator for one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, many are perplexed as to why he hasn’t found a head coaching gig yet.
LeSean McCoy is not perplexed by it, because he knows why he can’t get a job and it has nothing to do with his race.
The six-time Pro Bowl running back spent one season working under Bieniemy, and even won the Super Bowl in that year. However, he believes the hype surrounding the longtime assistant is unwarranted, and recently sounded off on Bieniemy on the I AM ATHLETE podcast.
“It’s not because he’s a Black coach. That’s not the reason,” McCoy said.
“There’s a reason why every year they hype him up to get a job and then when the time comes nobody hires him because they know the type of coach he really is,” McCoy explained.
“Listen, because some players, he talks a certain way and some players will take it. I wouldn’t take it,” McCoy said. “Some of the questions I would ask, everybody is accountable.
McCoy was then asked if Bieniemy was the reason he stopped playing in Kansas City. The former running back replied with an emphatic “Yeah!”
McCoy only briefly played under Bieniemy, joining the Chiefs on a one-year deal for the 2019 season. He had 465 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns on 101 carries during the regular season.
The next season, McCoy joined the Buccaneers on a one-year deal and carried the ball 10 times for 31 yards, adding another ring to his finger after Tampa Bay defeated the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
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