Why the Vikings should pursue Eric Bieniemy to run their offense

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Could the Minnesota Vikings convince Eric Bieniemy to leave the Kansas City Chiefs?

On Thursday, the need for a new offensive coordinator became official for the Minnesota Vikings after Gary Kubiak announced his retirement from coaching in the NFL.

With Kubiak’s decision, the Vikings will have their sixth different offensive coordinator since Mike Zimmer was hired in 2014 when they step on the field for their first game of the 2021 season. Since Minnesota’s head coach has a defensive background, this shouldn’t be something that is surprising though.

So there are two paths the Vikings can take to fill their current offensive coordinator vacancy. Minnesota can either promote someone who is already on their coaching staff, or they can bring an offensive mind in from outside of the organization.

The Vikings promoting from within is what “many expect,” according to the Star Tribune’s Ben Goessling on Thursday. But if Minnesota has an interest in anyone from the outside, it should be a guy in Eric Bieniemy who is currently helping the Kansas City Chiefs attempt to win the Super Bowl for the second season in a row.

So what are some of the reasons why the Vikings should do everything they can to convince Bieniemy to become their next offensive coordinator?