All of the NFL's head coaching vacancies were filled as of Sunday morning. The Cleveland Browns were last team left to decide, and made their final decision in naming Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as their new top man.
For the second consecutive year, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has been unceremoniously left out in the cold. He did get the last laugh on Sunday afternoon, however, putting forth a masterwork of offensive football at the expense of the Houston Texans.
Kansas City looked to be following the path of the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter of Sunday's Divisional Round game. Their defense couldn't stop Deshaun Watson and the Texans if their lives depended on it, and their own wide receivers had countless brutal drops that ended their first few drives abruptly.
But facing a 24-0 deficit, things changed once the second quarter began. Bieniemy took advantage of Bill O'Briens numerous, mind-numbing gaffes and attacked Houston's underperforming secondary. The Chiefs came all the way back to take a 28-24 lead... all in the span of one quarter.
All told, the AFC West champs would score 41 points unanswered.
In Kansas City's 51-31 win, Patrick Mahomes threw for 321 yards and five touchdowns while adding 50 more yards on the ground, becoming the first player to accomplish such a feat in NFL playoff history.
Damien Williams woke up, rushing for 47 yards and two scores on 12 attempts. Tight end Travis Kelce feasted against Houston's defensive backs, hauling in 10 receptions for 134 yards and three TDs. The division of labor was inch-perfect, and Bieniemy deserves no small amount of credit for orchestrating such a rip-roaring performance.
And for those of you who will insist that all those plays were actually drawn up by head coach Andy Reid, we refer you to Exhibit A:
To say that Reid is the sole reason for the Chiefs' offensive success is just not correct. The offensive coordinator holds meetings with the entire offense during the week with the purpose of preparing them for game day, and works with them extensively on a daily basis.
Just like his predecessor in KC, incumbent Chicago Bears boss Matt Nagy, Eric Bieniemy should be an NFL head coach. End of story.
Hey, Houston Texans, you may actually want to hire this Bieniemy guy. He could ensure you don't blow a 24-0 lead again. Just a thought.