The Carolina Panthers have requested permission to interview Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for their head-coaching vacancy, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Rapoport notes that the Panthers are planning to interview him this week.

Bieniemy was a candidate to land a head-coaching job last offseason, but he ultimately returned to the Chiefs.

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The 50-year-old has been a member of Kansas City's coaching staff since 2013, serving as running backs coach through 2017 before being elevated to offensive coordinator last year.

Bieniemy also played running back in the NFL for nine seasons, spending time with the San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles from 1991 through 1999.

After coaching in the college ranks from 2001 through 2005, Bieniemy earned his first NFL coaching gig in 2006, when he took over as running backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings.

He held that post in Minnesota through 2010 before heading back to college, where he served as offensive coordinator for his alma mater Colorado.

Bieniemy then returned to the pros with the Chiefs a couple of years later.

Kansas City has been an elite offensive unit in both of Bieniemy's seasons at the helm, as the Chiefs ranked No. 1 in the NFL in offense last year and finished sixth this season.

Of course, that also has a lot to do with Kansas City's personnel, as the Chiefs have one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Patrick Mahomes.

However, rival clubs are obviously enamored with the job that Bieniemy has done, so it would not be the least bit surprising if a head-coaching job is in his near future.