The Cleveland Browns have been busy over the past 24 hours. After a Jimmy Haslam press conference, and wrapping up two coaching interviews with Mike McCarthy and Ravens Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman on Thursday, they weren’t done. Early Friday, the Browns announced they will be interviewing Chiefs’ OC Eric Bieniemy.
Bieniemy started as an All-American RB at the University of Colorado. In 1990 he rushed for 1,628 yards, 17 touchdowns and finished 3rd for the Heisman Trophy. He then played 9 seasons in the NFL for the Eagles, Bengals, and Chargers before turning to coaching.
When his playing days were over, he returned to the University of Colorado to start his coaching career in 2001 as an RB Coach. After two years in Colorado, he went to UCLA to become their RB’s coach and recruiting coordinator.
In 2005 Bieniemy got his first shot in the NFL as an RB’s coach with the Minnesota Vikings. In his time with the Vikings, he worked with RB Adrian Peterson and saw him win 2 NFL rushing titles. In 2010 Bieniemy was promoted offensive assistant by Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress, but Childress was let go by the team at the end of the year. With a new staff coming into Minnesota, Bieniemy returned to the University of Colorado as an offensive coordinator for the 2011 season. After 2 seasons he was hired on as the running backs coach of the Kansas City Chiefs under Head Coach Andy Reid in 2013.
Bieniemy spent 5 years as the RB’s coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator in the 2018 season. Since then, Bieniemy and the Chiefs offense has rolled. Leading the league in points per game (35.3) and yards per game (425.5). They have also won the AFC West in back to back years and have seen QB Patrick Mahomes flourish, winning the league’s MVP award in 2018.
After the interview with Bieniemy, the Browns will travel west to interview 49er’s DC Robert Saleh. A busy week for the search committee.