Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy isn’t going to dwell on the fact that despite being one of the most impressive candidates for the last few seasons he hasn’t been able to land a head coaching job.
Bieniemy says that he interviewed for six openings this year and multiple openings last year, but ultimately didn’t land head coaching gig in the league.
“It’s always about getting the right job,” Bieniemy said, according to ESPN’s Adam Teicher. “Sometimes the job and the person have to connect. There has to be a connection. The only thing I can do is be my most authentic self. That’s who I am. I can only be me. Some team has to want me. For some reason, that chemistry has not been a fit. There has not been that opportunity to connect, but that’s OK. At the end of the day, I have the opportunity to go out here and work with the Kansas City Chiefs, which is a great organization …
“I’m excited about the opportunity that has been presented to me. The other stuff, I can’t control that. That is out of my control. The only thing I can worry about is today and moving forward what I need to do to help our guys be at their best come Sunday.”
Despite the disappointment, Bieniemy is focused on the upcoming Super Bowl.
“We’ve had a great deal of success here that’s placed me in the situation where I’ve been recognized to interview for some jobs,” Bieniemy said. “Those interviews, for whatever reason, I have not been hired, which is OK because at the end of the day I still have an opportunity to go out there and help our team pursue and obtain our goal.
Yes, there is a focal point where you are focused on that interview. But once that interview is over, it’s time to turn the page. I can’t sit here and dwell in pity because when all is said and done with I have a responsibility to the Kansas City Chiefs … to make sure that we’re mentally and physically ready to go come game day. That’s who I am, and that’s how I operate.
“I learned a long time ago how to persevere through adversity. The beauty of it is not so much that I have to persevere, because that’s going to take care of itself. It’s making sure that whatever is taking place with Eric Bieniemy isn’t becoming a distraction in us pursuing our dreams and our goals.”