Bieniemy would bring instant success to an NFL franchise, says MJD
Eric Bieniemy as head coach would bring immediate success to a franchise, says Maurice Jones-Drew of Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator since 2018, Bieniemy has been associated with several jobs in the past.
But despite his high-scoring, high-octane tandem with head coach Andy Reid, Bieniemy has been overlooked for top NFL team roles until now.
Eric Bieniemy has been constantly overlooked for head coach jobs for the past three years
Maurice Jones-Drew has supported Bieniemy to succeed, should he finally get his chance
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“I think if someone gives Eric Bieniemy a shot, and they look beyond the way he coaches and his style, you’ll see immediate success,” said Jones-Drew, who was coached by Bieniemy at UCLA.
“Before he coached me, he coached Chris Brown, who was a Heisman Trophy finalist. After that he coached myself at UCLA, then he went to Minnesota where he helped Chester Taylor. Then he made Adrian Peterson an All Pro – even though he was really good, don’t get me wrong – but Adrian Peterson hasn’t been the same since Bieniemy left Minnesota, has he?
Then he goes to Kansas City where he coaches Jamaal Charles who has the highest yards per rush.
“And then he becomes OC there. Patrick Mahomes in his first year there he wins MVP, the second year they win the Super Bowl. Third year, they go back, right! So it’s as if success follows him!’
Alongside head ocach Andy Reid, Bieniemy has forged an unstoppable offense in Kansas City
Jones-Drew described Bieniemy’s coaching style as “my way or the highway,” but says it’s a surefire road to success.
“Now his coaching style isn’t for everyone – it’s not to be liked, it’s to make sure you’re the best player you can be. And so I think sometimes in the NFL and again you have people running organizations, right, that we’ve seen in the last few days that aren’t the, you know, right things…”
And Jones-Drew revealed that Bieniemy has approached him to join his staff should the day come.
“He basically said to me, ‘Maybe you could come.’ I’m like, ‘Bro, I love my job! I love coming to the UK, I love talking to the British here and having fun. “I don’t know if I want to be a coach and possibly get fired. Fired! I don’t want to do that again, I’m okay. But I know if he gets a job, he will be phenomenal.”
Jones-Drew had an elite coaching staff in his three years at UCLA. Current San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was a graduate assistant, John Embree was the tight ends coach and Tom Cable was the offensive line coach.
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Jones-Drew talked about each man’s strengths.
“Bieniemy was the running back coach, the guy who pulled me out of high school. He taught me to play football. I played for a really good high school, and they gave it their best for high school level, but when you go to college and NFL level, you need a different kind of experience, a different kind of coaching – a coach I’ve been there for a bit and played the game at the position I’m playing, right?
“He coached after nine years in the NFL. And he understood what I would say, you know, I got stuck in a hole or if I got stuck trying to do something – he could understand what that meant. “And so he is able to coach and coach through some of the mental breaks or walls I hit as a young player.
Jones-Drew (above in 2009) made the Pro Bowl three times and led the NFL in the rush in 2011
“My freshman year I had Kyle Shanahan who, as we know, is one of the bright young minds who helped me learn and understand the bigger picture of a violation.
“I can see how he taught me how he coaches – it’s about the players and getting the ball into certain players’ hands and space and how they move and shift and how you can really manipulate a defense to do what you want it to do.” they do. to do.
“From there is John Embree, another guy on Kyle’s staff, a tight coach who coached Mercedes Lewis, who was the John Mackey Award winner, who also recruited me from high school, so one of my good friends today.
“I think he, he let us be us, right? Where Bieniemy was more ‘my way or the highway’, John Embree let us be ourselves. He allowed us to go out and have swagger and play with confidence and talk nonsense and all that stuff.
“And then Tom Cable is one of the best offensive lines we’ve played with. When he came to UCLA, we averaged 40 points per game. And we played kind of like I do now, we played like seven plays were from different formations.
Today, Jones-Drew is a regular on the NFL Network and an analyst for the LA Rams
“But it allowed us to play fast and so I got a lot of what I got from all those guys, and I put in what I’m doing now, coaching or when I’m calling games or when I’m talking about certain things.
“And Karl Dorrell, who was the head coach at the time and is now the head coach of the University of Colorado, coached the Jets and the Dolphins for a while when he was in the NFL and a few other teams.
“I mean, there was so much knowledge, NFL experience, so much knowledge of the game. Those three years I was there, it’s like you didn’t know football then, then you didn’t even try!’
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