Chiefs name Eric Bieniemy offensive coordinator

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) -- Kansas City Chiefs running backs coach Eric Bieniemy will be promoted to offensive coordinator, the team announced Tuesday.

The Chiefs needed a new offensive coordinator after Matt Nagy left to be the head coach of the Chicago Bears.

Bieniemy coached the running backs for five seasons under Andy Reid.

“I’ve known Eric a long time, both as a player and a coach,” Reid said. “He’s done a phenomenal job with our running backs and has been involved in every aspect of our offense over the last five years. He’s a great teacher and has earned this opportunity. I know he will do a good job.”

This past season, Bieniemy helped rookie running back Kareem Hunt earn the NFL's rushing title.

Bieniemy joined the Chiefs' coaching staff in 2013. Before that, he was the offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Colorado.

Prior to his stint in the college game, Bieniemy was the running backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings. With Bieniemy as his coach, Adrian Peterson ran for 5,782 yard sand 52 touchdowns in four seasons.

He was a second-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in the 1991 NFL Draft (39th overall). He enjoyed a nine-year pro career with three teams: San Diego (1991-94), Cincinnati (1995-98) and Philadelphia (1999), where he played for Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid. In 142 career NFL games, he rushed for 1,589 yards and 11 touchdowns while catching 146 passes for 1,223 yards.