Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy will interview with the New Orleans Saints, about a week after Sean Payton stepped down as the team’s head coach.
Bieniemy, 52, has led the way for one of the NFL’s most dominant units for four seasons, but has yet to be given a chance to head coach. The captain has been no worse than sixth in the NFL in total yards or points scored since Bieniemy took charge in 2018. In 2021, Kansas City is fourth in points scored for the season. regular and third for total yards.
Meanwhile, The Saints have struggled with their worst offensive season in more than a decade. Full-back Drew Brees retires after the 2020 season, leaving James Winston to take over as the team’s starter. But Winston suffered a tearful ACL in Week 8 and New Orleans was forced to rely on Taysom Hill, Trevor Siemien, and even rookie Ian Book in midfield instead. The Saints are 19th in points scored and 28th in total yards.
Former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores specifically mentioned Bieniemy in a lawsuit against the NFL on Tuesday. According to Flores, Bieniemy’s inability to get the head coach job was another example of racism by NFL teams, who instead chose “many white candidates who were clearly is less qualified” than the Captain’s coordinator.
On Wednesday, the saints announced Flores, Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson all interviewed about their head coach positions.