Eric Bieniemy on USC head-coaching candidacy: ‘I am focused on the task at hand’


Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy answered questions Thursday about being billed as a potential head-coaching candidate at University of Southern California.

“Well you know me – you guys know me. Bieniemy stated to reporters that he is where his feet are. “I’m focused on the task at-hand. “I don’t worry about any mention of my name. Right now, my job is to ensure that we are preparing for the opponent this weekend. … If USC asked me now, I would tell them that I was preparing for the Baltimore Ravens. That’s how I roll, as you all know. Okay? My job is to make sure we’re ready to play a complete, sound, 60-minute football game where we can come out and win the game. “

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported via Twitter earlier this week that Bieniemy is expected to be a candidate for the job.

Bieniemy, a running back and kick returner for the Bengals from 1995 to 1998, was passed over by NFL teams with head-coaching vacancies earlier this year.

League sources believe Chiefs’ OC Eric Bieniemy will emerge as a head-coaching candidate for USC. Bieniemy, a Southern California native, has said to confidantes that USC is the only college job that may interest him.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 14, 2021

On Tuesday, University of Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell emphatically quieted chatter linking him to the USC vacancy.

USC fired Clay Helton earlier this week after an upset loss to Stanford.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said earlier this year that it would be crazy for an NFL team with a head coaching vacancy not to strongly consider hiring Bieniemy.

(Bieniemy’s) track record speaks for itself,” Mahomes said in a radio interview. Mahomes said in a radio interview that he was a type of man because of his ability to control the locker room, and the coaching and programs he offers. People are insane if he doesn’t get a job as a head coach. “

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