Eric Bieniemy Heavily Favored in Odds to Be Texans Next Head Coach


Eric Bieniemy has been at the helm of a dangerous Kansas City Chiefs offense. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

  • The Houston Texans fired Head Coach and General Manager Bill O’Brien following their Week 4 loss
  • Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is the heavy favorite to be Houston’s next head coach
  • Read below to see if Bienemy would be a good fit with the Texans and what other coaches could land the gig

For seven years there’s been hand wringing among Houston Texans fans that Bill O’Brien was driving the team into the ground with such trades of DeAndre Hopkins and Jadeveon Clowney, plus an inability to get past the AFC Divisional round. Fans got their wish, as Houston jettisoned O’Brien following a catastrophic 0-and-4 start.

In the interim, he’s been replaced by 73-year-old Romeo Crennel and they won their first game of the season last Sunday against Jacksonville. With Crennel at this point not considered a serious candidate to lead the Texans into the future, speculation is running wild as to who their next Head Coach will be.

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator and former nine-year NFL running back Eric Bieniemy, who was passed over for any opportunities last off-season is the current betting favorite to land the Texans job.

Next Houston Texans Head Coach Hired Odds

Player Odds
Eric Bieniemy +100
Dabo Swinney +500
Josh McDaniels +600
Greg Roman +900
Lincoln Riley +1000
Byron Leftwich +1200
Brian Daboll +1200
Romeo Crennel +1400
Robert Saleh +1400
Matt Eberflus +1400
Jim Harbaugh +1600
Mike Gundy +2000
Don Martindale +2000

Odds taken Oct. 14

Eric Bieniemy Has Thrived In Kansas City

Anytime you’re at the helm of an offense that is as dynamic as the Chiefs, you’re going to get consideration to take the next step in your coaching career, particularly when you’ve done wonders with developing 2018 MVP Patrick Mahomes.

Bieniemy was thought to potentially be in play to leave KC for a head coaching gig in the last cycle of coaching hires but was perhaps stunted by the fact that the Chiefs kept winning in the postseason en route to the Super Bowl, so teams looked elsewhere in lieu of waiting for him.

One surprising statistic is that KC ranks second-last in rushing according to Pro Football Focus, particularly because Bieniemy was himself a former running back. Part of that, of course, is due to having Mahomes on your roster which leads to the ball being slung around.

A lot can change between now and the off-season, so going all-in on Bieniemy is probably not the prudent move at such low +100 odds.

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Texans Likely To Opt For Offensive Coach

When you have a fantastic quarterback like Deshaun Watson on your roster, it’s best to have a coach for him to maximize his elite talent, and that’s what Houston should be looking for. They’re going to need to pair that with a strong defensive coordinator because their Achilles heel has been on that side of the ball, giving up the second most yards per game on the ground and an inability to force turnovers.

It’s going to be hard to convince anyone to take the job because, in the upcoming draft, Houston is without their first and second round picks, which were sent to the Dolphins as part of the Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills deal.

As much as it would be a great dream scenario for Clemson’s Dabo Swinney to be reunited with Watson based on their time together in college, it’d be a surprise to see him leave such a successful program, especially without the draft capital.

Someone who has ties to the current front office that has considerably better value than Bieniemy’s low price is Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Should Bill Belichick show no inclination to retire anytime soon, McDaniels could bolt for a franchise that he’s familiar with the powers that be plus have a guaranteed great young quarterback.

Pick: Josh McDaniels (+600)

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