It’s Painfully Obvious Eric Bieniemy and Robert Saleh Deserved a Better Shot at Head Coaching Jobs This Offseason

49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has proven that he deserve to be an NFL head coach.
49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has proven that he deserve to be an NFL head coach. | Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Two NFL coordinators who recently interviewed for head coaching vacancies are now in the Super Bowl. However, neither of them moving up to a top job next season.

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh both have the accomplishments and the playbook acumen to be NFL head coaches. Neither was ultimately offered such a job. And with each passing game, those snubs make less and less sense.

For some reason, NFL owners consistently pass over certain established assistant coaches who clearly deserve a chance. Bieniemy helps lead one of (if not the best) offenses in the league, while Saleh helps lead football's best defense. One of them is going to get fitted for a Super Bowl ring soon.

The fact that they'res till waiting raises some uncomfortable questions about who gets seriously considered for top jobs and who doesn't.

As things stand, both Bieniemy and Saleh will be back with their respective teams next season. Perhaps their respective big days are still to come, but if neither of those two are head coaches come this time next year, something is seriously wrong with the NFL.