As of now, the Philadelphia Eagles are one of just two teams in the NFL with a head-coaching vacancy.
While they’ve been active in setting up interviews with top candidates since moving on from Doug Pederson, they have yet to secure a talk with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy — who currently works under long-time former Eagles head coach, Andy Reid.
When Reid was asked about Bieniemy’s availability and future as a head coach in the NFL, he provided glowing reviews. He also tipped his hand in suggesting that he wants the Eagles to get him.
“I mean everybody knows what I think of Eric and what kind of head coach I think he’d be,” Reid said. “Maybe the best I think I can tell you is I hope he goes to the NFC when he has that opportunity.”
The Eagles are currently the only team in the NFC looking for a head coach.
“Whoever gets him, I think is a very lucky organization, one of the few people that I’ve come across with the leadership skills that he has, the ability to lead men in this crazy game that we’re in and for those guys through his leadership to play at a Pro Bowl level,” he continued. “When he gets his hands on you, figuratively, he does wonders with athletes, and he’s able to maximize their abilities on the field and he gives them that extra boost to be a productive person off the field and somebody I would have loved for my son to have played for.”
Bieniemy and Ried’s relationship goes back over 20 years to 1999 when the former played for the latter in Philadelphia as a running back. He’s worked with Reid since 2013 when he was brought on as Chiefs head coach.
He spent the last three years as Kansas City’s offensive coordinator, maximizing the play of Patrick Mahomes while creating an attack that sparked the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl title in 50 years. It’s made him a hot commodity and one of the top candidates available.
According to Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Eagles have requested an interview with Bieniemy, but they haven’t been granted permission to do so, yet.