After an offer from the University of Southern California to be the program’s offensive coordinator, RBs coach Eric Bieniemy has decided to remain with the Vikings and will have “assistant head coach offense” added to his title. Bieniemy informed the Vikings of his decision on Thursday after making what was surely a tough decision.
Bieniemy is an original member of Childress’ staff here in Minnesota from when the group was hired in 2006 and he is held in high regard by the Vikings head coach. Childress has commented frequently during his tenure with the Vikings that Bieniemy is a bright coach and a good teacher of the game.
“Eric’s a bright young guy, he’s Adrian Peterson’s mentor and obviously he has aspirations,” to move up, Childress told the Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad. “Like we talked about, there is no exact way to climb the ladder. It sounds extremely appealing, to live out there and recruit, and he’s great at recruiting. You’re talking about giant money and it costs giant money to live [in Southern California]. It was extremely appealing and maybe you become a head coach in college. But I think he has the ability to be a head coach at this level. He’s a tremendous teacher.”
Bieniemy told Zulgad that he came to his decision after talking with Vikings ownership and management and with Childress. He said there were a lot of factors in the decision but that he made the right decision and is in the right place for him at this time.
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