Kansas City Chiefs offensive co-ordinator Eric Bieniemy is to return on a one-year deal in 2022, despite considering college jobs and a sabbatical after missing out on a number of head coaching vacancies in the NFL.
The Chiefs, who reached the AFC Championship game for a fourth straight season with Bieniemy as their OC, are 7/2 to win the conference title again next year.
The 52-year-old former San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals running back has been viewed as one of the top co-ordinators in the league for several seasons now, yet hasn't been able to secure a head coaching role of his own.
He interviewed with the Denver Broncos - who hired ex-Green Bay Packers OC Nathanial Hackett - and the New Orleans Saints - who promoted defensive co-ordinator Dennis Allen to fill the shoes of long-time HC Sean Payton.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Bieniemy considered several different paths after the nine head coaching vacancies went to other candidates, ranging from collegiate coaching positions to other NFL offensive co-ordinator spots to even taking a season off.
But NFL Network's Jeffri Chadiha reported on Thursday that Bieniemy has decided to return to Andy Reid's staff for a tenth year after originally enjoying success as the team's running backs coach from 2013-2017.
Reid, who has expressed disappointment in the past that his OC has not been offered a head coaching position, said last month that he believed 2022 would be the year Bieniemy left the Chiefs' fold.
"I think this year he's going to end up with one," Reid told Kansas City television station KSHB. "I'm hoping that that takes place."