Eric Bieniemy had better learn to ration his booming voice.
It was one thing when the running back-turned-assistant coach could spend an entire 3-hour practice barking at the running backs Womens Kris Russell Jersey , a handful of players under his direct supervision. It’s quite another now that he’s in charge of dozens of players on the Kansas City Chiefs‘ offense.
But that in-your-face intensity is also a big reason why Bieniemy has quickly risen through the coaching ranks, from running backs coach at his alma mater, Colorado, to offensive coordinator in the NFL.
So don’t expect him to turn the volume down anytime soon.
”The biggest thing Coach Bieniemy will bring to our offense is his intensity,” said Chiefs running back Spencer Ware, who has worked closely under him the past couple seasons. ”If you look at his resume and the players he’s coached and the way they play football, each and every play they get out there on the field – having an entire offense with that same mentality is pretty exciting.”
Pretty intimidating, too.
Bieniemy carries a presence on the practice field that looms much larger than his stout frame. When he speaks, people listen – mostly because the volume is so high.
Quite frankly, it’s hard to ignore.
”I just joked with him out here William Karlsson Jersey , he’s having to walk around now. He isn’t coaching just one position,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. ”He has to grind on everybody. That takes a little bit of getting used to. He did a nice job of figure all that during minicamps and that.”
Reid has always thought highly of Bieniemy, who joined his initial staff as the running backs coach in Kansas City. But the fact that he elevated Bieniemy to offensive coordinator after watching Matt Nagy take over the head job in Chicago speaks volumes about Reid’s belief in his assistant’s ability.
Never before has he had an offensive coordinator who played anything but quarterback.
There was Rod Dowhower in the early years in Philadelphia, and Brad Childress and Marty Mornhinweg had backgrounds with the most mentally demanding position on the field. Doug Pederson became Reid’s first offensive coordinator in Kansas City before taking the Eagles’ top job and parlaying some of what he learned during his time with the Chiefs into a Super Bowl title this past season.
It makes sense, too. The quarterback is the only player on offense who must know everybody’s job on every play. That’s why so many of them successfully transition to coaching.
Bieniemy has shown a similar aptitude, though. The Chiefs have always used their running backs in the passing game, so he’s had a hand in that part of the scheme, and his success in helping Kareem Hunt go from unheralded and overlooked draft pick to NFL rushing champion was hard to ignore.
”He brings a certain detail to the offense that I think that we really need,” first-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes II said, ”and it’s something that he stays detailed and he stays on you and he makes sure you’re doing the right things Brandon Montour Jersey Kids , and I feel like it’ll help me a ton as this year goes along.”
Over time, Pederson and Nagy were given carte blanche with the offense, and there’s a good chance Bieniemy will earn that latitude as well. But for now, he’ll work hand-in-hand with Reid and quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka in orchestrating what could be one of the league’s top offenses.
The Chiefs have surrounded Mahomes with plenty of weapons: Hunt in the backfield, Travis Kelce at tight end, and wide receiver Sammy Watkins joining speedster Tyreek Hill as downfield threats.
In other words, they’ve also given Bieniemy the tools necessary to succeed.
”This is actually a unique position because I get to touch every position on the offensive side of the ball,” he said. ”It’s a unique situation to be in.”
NOTES: The Chiefs released WR Elijah Marks and signed DT Mike Purcell. … Hunt did individual work but was held out of team drills Friday to rest his hamstring, which bothered him during the summer. … LB Reggie Ragland (knee), CB Ashton Lampkin (knee) and FS Armani Watts (ankle) did not practice.
There’s been plenty of consternation about the NFL’s new rule against lowering the helmet to initiate contact Vladimir Tarasenko Jersey , but Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t sweating it.
Belichick said on WEEI that as far as he’s concerned, there’s no reason for the Patriots to change the way they tackle, because Belichick has always told his players not to lower their heads when making contact.
“It’s not a change for us, for our coaching staff,” Belichick said. “We’ve never taught tackling with the crown of your helmet, putting your head down, leaning your body forward in that type of position. I don’t think fundamentally that’s a good position to be in. It’s not effective. We’ve always tackled with our head up, eyes open, head back, so we can see what we hit. That’s the only way I’ve ever coached. If we do it that way Youth Tyler Pitlick Jersey , we’ll be within the rules.”
In an offseason when the new rule has been hotly debated, Belichick is not interested in joining that debate.
“It doesn’t matter whether I like the rule or don’t like the rule,” Belichick said. “My job is to understand the rule and coach it.”
At a time when coaches, players, media members and fans all have concerns about the new helmet rule, Belichick does not.
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