Why the Vikings should pursue Eric Bieniemy to run their offense

(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) Eric Bieniemy
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Bieniemy can become the head coach in waiting

At 64-years-old, Mike Zimmer is currently the fourth-oldest head coach in the NFL. Even if Zimmer wasn’t going to be on the hot seat in 2021, he’s still running out of time to deliver the Vikings a Super Bowl victory before he’s too old to continue performing his job at the highest level possible.

With this in mind, Minnesota could present an offer to Eric Bieniemy that includes the opportunity to be their next head coach if he agrees to be the team’s offensive coordinator for the next two or three seasons.

Zimmer still has three years remaining on his contract with the Vikings, but if he can help the franchise win the Super Bowl within the next two seasons, he might decide to retire before his contract with the team officially expires.

The Vikings could also present Bieniemy with the possibility of taking over as their head coach as soon as 2022 if the team struggles again next season and the organization decides to end their relationship with Zimmer earlier than anticipated.

Minnesota was the first team to give Bieniemy a coaching job in the NFL, so could these two scenarios be enticing enough for him to end his time with the Chiefs and return to the place where his professional coaching career began?