Why the Vikings should pursue Eric Bieniemy to run their offense

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Bieniemy has something to prove

As of Thursday, six of the seven head coach openings around the NFL have been filled. A number of these teams interviewed Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for the role, but none of them decided to hire him for the job.

Despite being the coordinator of arguably the most talented offense in the entire league for the last three years, Bieniemy continues to be passed on for head coaching jobs around the NFL.

Some believe this possibly keeps happening because teams don’t think he is the brains behind the success of Kansas City’s offense during the last three seasons. They attribute most of the Chiefs’ impressive work on the offensive side of the ball to quarterback Patrick Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid.

Since this narrative probably isn’t going to disappear if Bieniemy remains with Kansas City, it might be a good idea for him to pursue an opportunity to be an offensive coordinator for a different team. This is where the Vikings come in.

Minnesota’s offense is already loaded with weapons and plenty of potential, so it’s not like Bieniemy would be taking control of a depleted unit. With guys like Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson, and Irv Smith Jr., the current Chiefs offensive coordinator would have a lot of ammo to work with.

If Bieniemy can help the Vikings’ offense reach their full potential and rank near the top of the league in 2021, teams will be getting into literal fistfights to hire him as their next head coach.