The Info List - Eric Bieniemy

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Eric M. Bieniemy, Jr. (born August 15, 1969) is an American former professional football player and current coach, who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He is the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. He played college football for the University of Colorado and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft.[1] Bieniemy served as the offensive coordinator at Colorado before becoming the running backs coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.


1 High school 2 College career 3 Professional career 4 Coaching career 5 Personal life 6 References 7 External links

High school[edit] He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bieniemy lettered in football and track and field at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, California, earning second-team All-America honors in football as a senior when he rushed for 2,002 yards and 30 touchdowns. College career[edit] Bieniemy was heavily recruited out of high school and chose the University of Colorado, where he became a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He was the nation's second leading rusher in 1990 with 1,628 yards, along with 17 touchdowns, and finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting behind BYU's Ty Detmer (the winner) and Notre Dame's Raghib Ismail. Bieniemy is Colorado's all-time leader in rushing (3,940 yards), all-purpose yards (4,351), and touchdowns (42).[2] Nicknamed "Scooter" and wearing No. 1, Bieniemy earned consensus All-America honors in 1990. He was a two-time first-team all Big-Eight performer, in 1988 and 1990, earning the conference's offensive Player of the Year honor as a senior. As a junior, he was named to CU's prestigious 25-member "All-Century Football Team," the only active player at the time to be selected to the group honoring the first 100 years of Colorado Buffalo football. Professional career[edit] Bieniemy's success in college did not translate into success in the professional ranks. He played from 1991 through 1999, and finished his career with 1,589 yards rushing, 1,223 yards receiving, 276 yards returning punts, 1,621 yards on kickoff returns, and 12 touchdowns (11 rushing and one kickoff return) while playing for the San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles. ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman gave him the nickname "Eric 'sleeping with' Bieniemy", in reference to the 1991 film Sleeping with the Enemy. Coaching career[edit] Bieniemy returned to Colorado to complete his degree and was the running backs coach for the Buffaloes from 2001 to 2002 and at UCLA from 2003 to 2005, as well as the team's recruiting coordinator in 2005. Following UCLA's 2005 Sun Bowl victory, Bieniemy accepted a position as running backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL. Since his time as the Vikings running back coach, his leading rusher Adrian Peterson, has led the NFC in rushing with 1,341 yards in 2007 and also in 2008 with 1,760 yards, which was also tops in the NFL. On July 26, 2010, Bieniemy was also named the Vikings' assistant head coach for the offense.[3] On December 2, 2010, Bieniemy returned to Colorado as offensive coordinator under new head coach Jon Embree. Bieniemy became the running backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, in 2013 under head coach Andy Reid. In 2018, he was promoted to Offensive Coordinator.[4] Personal life[edit] Bieniemy and his wife, Mia, have two sons, Eric III and Elijah.[2] References[edit]

^ "1991 Draft". NFL.com. Retrieved 6 October 2010.  ^ a b "Eric Bieniemy". lostlettermen.com. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2010.  ^ "Vikings promote RB coach Bieniemy". espn.com. Retrieved 6 October 2010.  ^ Bergman, Jeremy (January 9, 2018). "Chiefs promote Eric Bieniemy to offensive coordinator". NFL.com. 

External links[edit]

Colorado Buffaloes: coaching profile Career statistics and player information from NFL.com • Pro-Football-Reference

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1990 Colorado Buffaloes football—AP & USA Today/CNN national champions

Greg Biekert Eric Bieniemy Ronnie Bradford Chad Brown Christian Fauria Deon Figures Joe Garten David Gibbs Darian Hagan Garry Howe Chris Hudson Charles Johnson Vance Joseph Jay Leeuwenburg Dave McCloughan Kanavis McGhee Mike Pritchard Leonard Renfro Tom Rouen Joel Steed Michael Westbrook Alfred Williams

Head coach: Bill McCartney

Assistant coaches: Gary Barnett Mike Barry Brian Cabral Gerry DiNardo Mike Hankwitz Bob Simmons Ron Vanderlinden

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1990 College Football All-America Team consensus selections


QB Ty Detmer RB Eric Bieniemy RB Darren Lewis WR Raghib Ismail WR Herman Moore TE Chris Smith

OT Antone Davis OT Stacy Long OG Joe Garten OG Ed King C John Flannery


DL Moe Gardner DL Chris Zorich DL Russell Maryland DL David Rocker

LB Mike Stonebreaker LB Alfred Williams LB Maurice Crum

DB Ken Swilling DB Tripp Welborne DB Darryll Lewis DB Todd Lyght

Special teams

P Brian Greenfield PK Philip Doyle

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San Diego Chargers 1991 NFL draft selections

Stanley Richard George Thornton Eric Bieniemy Eric Moten Yancey Thigpen Duane Young Floyd Fields Jimmy Laister David Jones Terry Beauford Andy Katoa Ronald Poles Mike Heldt Joachim Weinberg Chris Samuels

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Current offensive coordinators of the National Football League

American Football Conference

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West

Brian Daboll (Buffalo Bills) Dowell Loggains (Miami Dolphins) Josh McDaniels (New England Patriots) Jeremy Bates (New York Jets)

Marty Mornhinweg (Baltimore Ravens) Bill Lazor (Cincinnati Bengals) Todd Haley (Cleveland Browns) Randy Fichtner (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Bill O'Brien* (Houston Texans) Nick Sirianni (Indianapolis Colts) Nathaniel Hackett (Jacksonville Jaguars) Matt LaFleur (Tennessee Titans)

Bill Musgrave (Denver Broncos) Eric Bieniemy (Kansas City Chiefs) Ken Whisenhunt (Los Angeles Chargers) Greg Olson (Oakland Raiders)

National Football Conference

NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West

Scott Linehan (Dallas Cowboys) Mike Shula (New York Giants) Mike Groh (Philadelphia Eagles) Matt Cavanaugh (Washington Redskins)

Mark Helfrich (Chicago Bears) Jim Bob Cooter (Detroit Lions) Joe Philbin (Green Bay Packers) John DeFilippo (Minnesota Vikings)

Steve Sarkisian (Atlanta Falcons) Norv Turner (Carolina Panthers) Pete Carmichael Jr. (New Orleans Saints) Todd Monken (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Mike McCoy (Arizona Cardinals) Aaron Kromer*/Shane Waldron* (Los Angeles Rams) Kyle Shanahan* (San Francisco 49ers) Brian Schottenheimer (Seattle Seahawks)

*Serves as offensive coordinator und