Oct 16, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy leaves the field against the Buffalo Bills prior to the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Commanders hire Eric Bieniemy as OC, assistant head coach

The Washington Commanders are finalizing a multiyear deal to hire Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy to the same position, multiple reports said Friday evening.

In addition to the coordinator role, Bieniemy will serve as Ron Rivera’s assistant head coach, NFL Network reported.

Bieniemy is coming off winning his second Super Bowl as the Chiefs’ coordinator. He worked on Andy Reid’s staff in Kansas City for 10 years, as running backs coach from 2013-17 before his promotion to offensive coordinator in 2018.

Under Bieniemy, the Chiefs ranked first in both total offense and scoring offense in 2022. They were first in both categories in 2018 and never ranked lower than sixth in the league in either statistic in the past five years.

Reid handled most of the play-calling duties for Kansas City, and the offense has flourished since Patrick Mahomes took over at quarterback. A day after the Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 to win Super Bowl LVII, Reid told reporters it was possible Bieniemy could leave the team to find a bigger role.

“Eric Bieniemy has been tremendous for us and I think he’s tremendous for the National Football League,” Reid said. “I’m hoping he has an opportunity to go somewhere and do his thing, where he can run the show and be Eric Bieniemy.”

Bieniemy, who is Black, was passed over in the latest turn of the head-coaching carousel, though he interviewed with the Indianapolis Colts before that team hired Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen. According to USA Today, Bieniemy interviewed for head-coaching vacancies 16 times with 15 NFL teams (including the New York Jets twice), with many feeling he had been unfairly passed over because of his race.

Bieniemy, 53, was an All-American running back for a Colorado team that won a national championship in 1990. He went on to play nine seasons in the NFL with the then-San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals and Eagles.

The Commanders fired offensive coordinator Scott Turner after the 2022 season and were in the market for his replacement. Washington had a top-10 defense but ranked 20th in total offense and 24th in scoring offense last season, and Rivera has said that 2022 fifth-round draft pick Sam Howell is the team’s No. 1 quarterback entering the offseason.

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Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy against the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Commanders closing in on Eric Bieniemy as OC

Eric Bieniemy was back at Commanders headquarters on Friday, discussing staffing and salary as Washington moves closer to naming him offensive coordinator, Sports Illustrated reported.

The offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs since 2018, Bieniemy interviewed Thursday with Commanders coach Ron Rivera. If continued talks go well Friday, Bieniemy could be hired by day’s end, per the report.

The Commanders interviewed former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman for the job on Wednesday but had no other interviews set up, per NFL Network.

Bieniemy, 53, is fresh off another Super Bowl title with the Chiefs, the team’s second in four years.

Bieniemy joined head coach Andy Reid’s staff in Kansas City in 2013 as running backs coach. He held that role until he was promoted to offensive coordinator.

The Commanders need to replace Scott Turner, dismissed by the team last month.

A former NFL running back, Bieniemy was selected in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft. He played a total of 142 games with the then-San Diego Chargers (1991-94), Cincinnati Bengals (1995-98) and Philadelphia Eagles (1999).

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Jun 3, 2022; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Utah Utes offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig watches Los Angeles Rams organized team activities at California Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Utah OC Andy Ludwig staying put

Utah offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig has informed the program he is staying put after interviewing for the same job at Notre Dame, ESPN reported.

Ludwig’s buyout figure, said to be in the $2 million range, was an obstacle in his negotiations with the Fighting Irish, per the report.

Notre Dame interviewed Ludwig last weekend in its search to replace Tommy Rees, who departed earlier this month to become Nick Saban’s OC at Alabama.

Ludwig, 58, has been an offensive coordinator in the college ranks for more than two decades.

In addition to two stints with the Utes (2005-08, 2019-present), he also directed the offenses at Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, San Diego State, Cal, Oregon, Fresno State and Cal Poly.

Utah finished 10-4 last season (7-2 Pac-12). The offense ranked 11th in the nation with 38.6 points per game.

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Kentucky offensive coordinator Liam Coen speaks during a news conference for the Vrbo Citrus Bowl, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

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Report: Rams hiring Kentucky’s Liam Coen as OC

The Los Angeles Rams are bringing back Liam Coen as their new offensive coordinator, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Coen, a Rams assistant from 2018-20, spent last season as the offensive coordinator of the Kentucky Wildcats.

Coen, 36, would replace Kevin O’Connell, who left to become head coach of the Minnesota Vikings after helping the Rams win Super Bowl LVI.

Coen worked as the Rams’ assistant wide receivers coach in 2018-19 and was their assistant quarterbacks coach in 2020.

Before joining Los Angeles, he was the offensive coordinator at Maine (2016-17) and worked on the coaching staffs at his alma mater UMass, Brown and Rhode Island. He played quarterback at UMass from 2004-08.

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Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws from the pocket in the third quarter during an NFL AFC wild-card playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Las Vegas Raiders, 26-19 to win the franchise's first playoff game in 30 years.

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Report: Raiders hire Pats’ Mick Lombardi as offensive coordinator

The Las Vegas Raiders have hired Mick Lombardi as their new offensive coordinator, according to a report by ESPN on Saturday.

Lombardi most recently was wide receivers coach for the New England Patriots for the last two seasons. He also served as assistant quarterbacks coach with New England in 2019.

Lombardi worked as a scouting assistant with the Patriots from 2011-12, then spent time with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets in a variety of roles before rejoining New England. The 33-year-old is the son of Michael Lombardi, a longtime NFL front office executive.

ESPN’s report also noted that the Raiders have hired Patriots offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo to take over the same job with Las Vegas.

The Raiders’ new head coach, Josh McDaniels, spent the last 10 seasons as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator.

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May 24, 2021; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers run game coordinator coach Frank Smith during organized team activities at Hoag Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dolphins interviewing Frank Smith for OC position

The Miami Dolphins are interviewing Los Angeles Chargers offensive line coach/run game coordinator Frank Smith for their offensive coordinator position, NFL Media reported Saturday.

Smith just completed his first season with the Chargers after working as a tight ends coach with the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders (2018-20) and Chicago Bears (2015-17). He worked as an assistant offensive line coach with the New Orleans Saints from 2010-14.

With Smith on the staff, the Chargers finished fourth in the NFL in total offense and fifth in scoring offense during the 2021 season.

New Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said during his introductory press conference this week that he plans to call the offensive plays.

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Sep 16, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka (L) talks with quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Chiefs won 42-37. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Giants set to hire Chiefs assistant Mike Kafka as OC

The New York Giants are set to hire Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Mike Kafka as their offensive coordinator, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Kafka joined the Chiefs as an offensive quality control coach in 2017 and helped to mentor then-rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2018 and added the title of passing game coordinator in 2020.

New Giants head coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen have committed to Daniel Jones at quarterback in 2022, and they undoubtedly would hope that Kafka’s offense and tutelage could help Jones to reach his potential.

Kafka, 34, is a former quarterback who was a fourth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2010 NFL Draft. He appeared in just four NFL games in a reserve role in his career.

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Lions offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn talks with QB Jared Goff during a team practice at Ford Field on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021.

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Report: Lions to part ways with OC Anthony Lynn

The Detroit Lions are expected to part ways with offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn following Sunday’s home game against the Green Bay Packers, NFL Network reported.

Lynn, 53, was stripped of play-calling duties in November after the Lions limped to an 0-8-1 start to the season. Detroit entered Week 18 ranked 22nd in total offense (317.5 yards per game) and 28th in scoring offense (18.0 points).

Lynn joined the Lions in January 2021 after posting a 33-31 record during his four seasons as the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Lynn served as the offensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills prior to his stint with the Chargers.

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Aug 29, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a Minnesota Vikings helmet prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Vikings to hire Klint Kubiak as OC

The Minnesota Vikings will name Klint Kubiak as their offensive coordinator, NFL Network reported Monday.

He will replace his father, Super Bowl-winning coach Gary Kubiak, who retired last month.

The younger Kubiak, 33, spent the past two seasons as the club’s quarterbacks coach. He was with Denver as offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach from 2015-17. The Broncos, coached by Gary Kubiak, won Super Bowl 50 in 2016.

Klint Kubiak played defensive back at Colorado State. He started his NFL coaching career in Minnesota under head coach Mike Zimmer in 2013 as quality control/assistant wide receivers coach.

He is credited with helping quarterback Kirk Cousins achieve his two best seasons in terms of passer rating: 107.4 in 2019 and 105.0 in 2020. In that span, Cousins threw 61 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

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Nov 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA;  Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (left) throws on the field as the Colts quarterbacks coach Marcus Brady (right) looks on before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Colts elevate Marcus Brady to offensive coordinator

The Indianapolis Colts promoted from within to fill their offensive coordinator opening, elevating Marcus Brady to replace Nick Sirianni, the team announced Monday.

Brady has been an assistant on head coach Frank Reich’s staff for three seasons, the past two as quarterbacks coach. Sirianni left to become the head coach in Philadelphia.

Brady becomes the fourth Black offensive coordinator in the league, joining new Lions OC Anthony Lynn, the Buccaneers’ Byron Leftwich and the Chiefs’ Eric Bieniemy.

Brady played (2002-08) and coached (2009-17) in the Canadian Football League, winning three Grey Cups as an assistant coach. He was the offensive coordinator for the Toronto Argonauts from 2013-17.

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