After the 2018-2019 regular season came to close, nearly double-digit head coaching openings were made available.
Many of these jobs, however, have been filled almost immediately, which has left many fans and analysts wondering why several coaches where not given opportunities.
Eric Bieniemy. No takers huh? — Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) January 11, 2019
I guess not Louis.
Among those who many don't believe got a fair look was Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator
With hirings such as Kliff Kingsbury, who posted a 35-40 record at Texas Tech, by the Arizona Cardinals, many have questioned the reasons that coaches such as Bieniemy have not been given a chance.
One can point to the partial ineffectiveness of the Rooney Rule implemented by the NFL. The Rooney Rule requires that teams in the league must interview at least one ethnic-minority candidate for head coaching and general manager positions before a hire is made.
As a result, many ethic-minority coaches do get a chance to interview with teams, however, this does not imply that they will be given the job. Many have found this as a cop out for many teams, as it does not require them to hire those that they interview.
Coaching jobs this season went like wild fire. Bieniemy certainly deserved a better shot at a HC position for the 2019-2020 season.
If the Chiefs continue to steamroll their way to a Super Bowl, while several new head coaches burn out in the near future, more questions will arise as to why he did not get the chance to prove himself as the leader of a team.