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Eric Bieniemy makes surprise jump to take UCLA coordinator job

Eric Bieniemy has a new job, but it’s not in the NFL.

The former Commanders offensive coordinator has signed a two-year contract to become UCLA’s offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Pete Thamel report. Saturday.

Bieniemy is now back on campus after coaching the Bruins’ running backs from 2003 to 2005.

“Southern California,” Bieniemy wrote in an email to ESPN on Saturday. “I went to high school there. I started my career in the league from here. [with the Chargers]. It’s obviously great to be back with the Bruins, where I worked before.”


Eric Bieniemy is headed to UCLA. USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

Bieniemy rose to prominence with the Chiefs, joining the team as a coach in 2013 and becoming offensive coordinator in 2018.

The offense blossomed under stars Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce, winning two Super Bowls (2020, 2022).

He joined Washington’s staff last season, but the team struggled to 4-13 as starter Sam Howell struggled and the offense ranked 24th in the NFL in yards per game (312.8). .

Then head coach Ron Rivera was fired, new coach Dan Quinn hired Kliff Kingsbury as the new offensive coordinator, and Bieniemy lost his job.


Eric Bieniemy
Eric Bieniemy spent one season as the Managers’ offensive coordinator. USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

Bieniemy was hired as the Bruins’ offensive coach, replacing Chip Kelly, who left for Ohio State earlier this month, although NBC Sports previously reported that he could return to Kansas City.

ESPN reported Saturday that Bieniemy was offered a job as an assistant head coach and running back for an NFL team, but decided to return to the NCAA ranks.

“My self-dignity, worth, integrity, humanity and masculinity will never be questioned or violated,” he told the media. “It’s not always about the money. In everything in life, timing is often everything. At this time in my life, this opportunity, I’m trying to figure out who I want to be without compromising who I am as a man.” It gives me the joy of being a creator and leader of humanity while doing things and pursuing my passions and dreams.”

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