Tag:Eric Bieniemy
Posted on: December 4, 2010 4:46 pm

Vikes RB coach Bieniemy headed to Colorado as OC

Posted by Will Brinson

Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy is headed west (young man), having accepted an offer to become the new offensive coordinator at the University of Colorado, the team confirmed on Saturday.

Bieniemy, who also holds the rank of assistant head coach/offense, played at Colorado from 1987 to 1990 and after a nine-year NFL career, returned to coaching and was an assistant with his alma mater in 2001 and 2002. He'll be the coordinator on a staff run by Jon Embree (currently with the Redskins) at Colorado.

Bieniemy's done a great job with the Vikings running game and has been rumored as a hot name to join the college ranks -- he was Lane Kiffin's original choice for USC offensive coordinator, but Bieniemy turned him down (leading to Kiffin hiring Kennedy Pola and making Jeff Fisher a tiny bit cheesed off) and picked up the extra title for his résumé.

Anyway, you could argue that it's hard not to be a success when you're coaching Adrian Peterson, but the immediate argument as to the work Bieniemy's done has to be this year, as Peterson's returned to form as the obvious top running back in the NFL and cured his fumbling problem, even if he's not finding the end zone as much in 2010.

Minnesota running back Albert Young is the person who first "announced" the news, via Twitter, and as Judd Zulgad reports at the Minnesota Star-Tribune, the Vikings have since confirmed the hiring away of their coach, although Bieniemy will finish out the season with Minnesota.

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 8:10 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2010 8:49 pm

Beiniemy, Pola timelines expose Kiffin's behavior

Lane Kiffin hired Kennedy Pola away from the Tennessee Titans earlier Saturday, angering USC alum and Titans' head coach Jeff Fisher. Turns out, Pola wasn't Kiffin's first choice.

Eric Bieniemy, Minnesota Vikings running backs coach, was ... except Bieniemy turned Kiffin down, according to the Star-Tribune . "First off I felt I would have let my players down," he said. "On top of that, I would have let my fellow coaches down and I would have let the organization down. There was a lot pulling at me. After having conversations with our head coach, with people in management and ownership this is the right place for me and the right decision. Of course, it probably doesn't hurt that he also got a pay raise and received the title of "assistant head coach" while remaining with a team that IS eligible for the postseason over the next two years.

What's really interesting though, is how the timeline of Kiffin's offer to Bieniemy jives with the Pola-Fisher incident. You see, according to Brad Childress, Bieniemy told the Vikings head coach that he was staying on Thursday morning (after getting his raise and promotion, natch).

Kiffin then, according to a statement he made Saturday in response to Fisher's anger, "reached out to Kennedy Pola [on Friday] to gauge whether he had any possible interest in returning to USC ..."

So, assuming Kiffin's timeline is accurate, he tried for his top choice and got rejected because an NFL team had more to offer. So, he went after his second choice. Except that he most likely knew that if he alerted Fisher that he was attempting to hire Pola, Fisher would immediately offer up some sort of incentive to stay in Tennessee.

Just like Childress did.

Which is a much more reasonable explanation than whatever junk Kiffin tried to offer up instead.

-- Will Brinson

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