3 Coordinators Who Will be Head Coaching Candidates in 2021

Jason Schandl
NFL coordinators who will be head coaching candidates in 2021, including the Chiefs' Eric Bieniemy.
NFL coordinators who will be head coaching candidates in 2021, including the Chiefs' Eric Bieniemy. / David Eulitt/Getty Images
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Each NFL offseason, we see a new crop of top coordinators and position coaches get their chances to take over the reins as a head coach. This year that list included Kevin Stefanski and Joe Judge.

With the 2020 season approaching, let's take a look at three coordinators who will be head coaching candidates next offseason.

3. Robert Saleh, San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has been with the team for three seasons.
San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has been with the team for three seasons. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

At 41 years old, Robert Saleh would become one of the younger coaches in the NFL, but another strong year with the San Francisco 49ers would certainly warrant it. He took over defensive coordinator duties in San Fran in 2017, after the team had ranked 29th and 32nd in yards allowed in the previous two seasons. Things immediately improved when they ranked 24th in 2017, then they continued to improve, ranking 13th in 2018 and 2nd in 2019.

2. Greg Roman, Baltimore Ravens

Greg Roman took over as the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator in 2019.
Greg Roman took over as the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator in 2019. / Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Greg Roman was the 49ers' offensive coordinator from 2011 to 2014, when they ranked top-five in the NFL in scoring three times. His results weren't as strong with the Buffalo Bills in 2015 and 2016, but he showed he's still an outstanding offensive mind when he took over as the Baltimore Ravens' OC in 2019. Of course it helps to have a unique talent like Lamar Jackson at your disposal, but Roman's offense was truly something to behold, ranking 2nd in the NFL in rushing touchdowns and 1st in passing touchdowns, scoring 52 points more than any other team.

1. Eric Bieniemy, Kansas City Chiefs

Eric Bieniemy has been the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator since 2018.
Eric Bieniemy has been the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator since 2018. / David Eulitt/Getty Images

Eric Bieniemy has only two years under his belt as an NFL coordinator, having spent most of his career as a running backs coach. He served that role with the Minnesota Vikings from 2006 to 2010, helping guide Adrian Peterson's breakout, and then with the Chiefs from 2013 to 2017 (helping guide Kareem Hunt's breakout). He took over OC duties in 2018, which also happened to be Patrick Mahomes' MVP season in which the team led the NFL in both yards and points. He of course has a ton of elite talent at his disposal in KC, but it's also worth noting that the Chiefs gained 714 yards and scored a combined 50 points in the two games Mahomes missed in 2019.


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