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Chiefs’ Eric Bieniemy is perfect candidate for USC head coaching job

Written by Doug Rush

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is perfect candidate for USC head coaching job.

The USC head coaching job is apparently the hot job right now in sports. It may have a target in mind.

With the departure of Clay Helton this week, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is being considered a top candidate for the job.

The 52-year-old Bieniemy is in his fourth season as the Chiefs head coach and has been Andy Reid’s top assistant who has had his fair share of interviews for NFL head coaching jobs.

But Bieniemy has stayed with Reid after every interview, although some have been wondering what Bieniemy has been waiting for. Maybe it’s a top-name college program like USC.

It wouldn’t even be his alma mater like a Jim Harbaugh to Michigan type move, as Bieniemy is from the University of Colorado. This kind of move would be finding a top assistant coach from the NFL and luring him back to the college scene.

Bieniemy was in the college scene, serving as Colorado’s running backs coach in 2001-2002 and again as their offensive coordinator in 2011-2012. He was also UCLA’s running backs coach from 2003-2009.

Bieniemy is the perfect guy for USC to target. As he knows the ways of the NFL scene and can give that experience and guidance to any young mind who may be ready to jump from college to the pros.

Replacing someone like Helton isn’t easy because he has ties to the school going back the last 12 years. But this isn’t replacing a legacy or a championship winning coach like Pete Carroll. This is doable.

Bieniemy can bring the Chiefs style of offense to the college game, prepare the Trojans players for life on the NFL and have them competing for championships every season.

Bieniemy has waited his time to be a head coach. instead of picking the wrong team in the NFL and getting demoted back to offensive coordinator, picking a solid college program and turning around USC would be a great way for Bieniemy to go.

Eric Bieniemy is the guy USC should hire as soon as possible.

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Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.

In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.

After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.

In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.

Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.