Saints Linked to Another High-Profile Candidate in Head-Coaching Search

Larry Rupp
The New Orleans Saints have been linked to Kansas City Chiefs' Eric Bieniemy in their head-coaching search.
The New Orleans Saints have been linked to Kansas City Chiefs' Eric Bieniemy in their head-coaching search. / Grant Halverson/GettyImages

The New Orleans Saints remain one of a few NFL teams still searching for a head coach for the 2022 season. Long-time leader Sean Payton announced his retirement earlier this offseason, leaving the franchise in a bit of a bind.

The Saints have now been linked to another high-profile name coach in their search, though.

Eric Bieniemy Saints

New Orleans reportedly wants to interview Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy on Saturday of this week. The 52-year-old offensive guru has been a popular name in the head-coaching market for quite a while after leading Kansas City to a top-10 scoring finish in each of the last four seasons.

It's noteworthy to point out that Bieniemy did interview with the Denver Broncos before the team decided to hire Nathaniel Hackett. Overall, he comes with 14 years of NFL coaching experience and has worked alongside Andy Reid since 2013. There's no denying his qualifications for the job.

The Saints are in need of some guidance on the offensive side of the ball after averaging the fifth-fewest total yards per game in 2021 (304.5). Of course, Bieniemy has become one of the best play-callers in the NFL. He even has a connection to the city after spending his childhood in New Orleans.

Bieniemy joins a list of candidates that includes current Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn. Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich also remain in the mix.

Keep an eye on the Saints this offseason. New Orleans has a shot to compete in the NFC South following the retirement of Tom Brady and could better its chances with the right head coach.

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