RUMOR: Eric Bienemy could already be frontrunner for Texans’ head coaching job
The Houston Texans are a franchise in transition after firing former head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien.
While interim head coach Romeo Crennel is likely to ride out the rest of the season, the Texans will soon need a full-time hire.
Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy made noise as a potential head coaching candidate this past offseason, and Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported Bienemy might already be the front-runner for the Texans job:
The Chiefs’ offensive coordinator has been on the head-coach interview circuit the past couple of years but hasn’t managed to get one of the jobs. His contract expires at the end of the season. The Chiefs would love to have him back, but they know he’s probably gone.
Houston definitely has interest, and some believe Bieniemy could already be the front-runner there. The quarterback, overall roster talent and organizational structure will be important to him, and the Texans can offer that, with the willingness to tie a new general manager to the coach.
It would make sense for the Texans to at least interview Bienemy.
The Chiefs have had one of the most explosive offenses in football under Bienemy’s watch. There is also the fact Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson were in the same draft class, and both share similarities in terms of their respective arm talent and phenomenal mobility and pocket presence.
It is possible Bienemy can excel in Houston given the team’s personnel on the offensive side of the ball. The Texans do need upgrades at multiple levels on the defensive end, however, especially in the secondary.
Regardless, the Texans are in need of a new head coach, and Bienemy could be at the top of their list this offseason.