Bieniemy Chooses Vikings Over USC; Is Promoted

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 26, 2010 – 8:15 am

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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14 Responses to “Bieniemy Chooses Vikings Over USC; Is Promoted”

  1. By Max on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    This is a really good thing for the Vikings. Bieniemy is a good coach and replacing him just before training camp would have been difficult. Plus, he sounds like a pretty solid guy. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    This is definitely a good accomplishment for the team. We need to teach and mold the rookie RB into the system and there can be nobody better to do that than the guy who did the same with AP.

  3. By Marty on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    Thank goodness, Childress was right. We need him, he is a great coach and i thank him for staying here.

  4. By mnsoldier on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hey he is not an idiot, who in their right mind would go into a virtually dead program for the next 4-6 yrs. It is going to be hard to get good recruits to go there knowing they wont get any under the table perks thanks to Reggie, (thanks reggie) He knows it is best to stay with the Vikings build up the resume get a SB ring and then command the money he wants from being on top. If the Vikings win this yr he will be gone within 30 days of the BS to a huge college contract and then back to the NFL after he has proven he is head coach capable. He is a good guy and will make it but that is just how i see it playing out.

  5. By mnsoldier on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    If the vikings dont win this yr childress is gone along with Favre, TJ, and all the project QBs, Childress has too many long term QBs that require too much training, regardless of the raw talent, we need a more refined prepared QB to take us more than 1-2 yrs.

  6. By Skol_Vikings on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    Sooooo positive Mnsolider. 1. Bieniemy will be under contract for a while, so he wont bolt at seasons end. 2. I really don’t think Sage, T-Jack, and J Webb are a bad core of QB’s. Very rarely do you have a back up core even as good as that. Say what you will about T-Jack, but he has won 5 games in a row and taken this team to the playoffs. Most other back-ups, if not all other current back-ups, can say that. T-Jack also 1 season, most likely 2, under Favre. T-Jack will probably show some major improvement. If nothing else, the team is good enough not to have an elite QB. So relax. These things take time.

  7. By Rogerthevikefan on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    He may seem brash at times but he has the respect of the team so his method must work. Plus replaceing a good coach like him this late in the off season would have been difficult so smart decision. And the qb thing tj is decent but we’ll see how learning under farve for 2 years will improve him.

  8. By JMac on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    Bieniemy did the right thing for his career AND for the Vikings. With regard to the QB, lots can be overcome with a talented WR core. Who works hard? Who can catch? Not many. Take a good look at the new guys. There are some diamonds in that rough!

  9. By Kevin WI on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    Need to ask a question. “Assistant head coach of the offense?”
    Does this mean he’s childress’s assistant or the offensive coordinator’s assistant?
    What I’m asking is, is he Bevel’s boss or is Bevel his boss?

  10. By madden11 on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    E.B is assistant offensive head coach a meaningless terminology its almost a joke to me, what would his duties be calling the plays I highly doubt childress or favre calls the offense. I heard they gave e.b a raise maybe they wanted to promote him to make him happy because I don’t see any point with the title. I’d say get rid of bevell and promote e.b to oc but I’m guessing if that happened e.b would probably run on 99 percent of the plays.

  11. By madden11 on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    Punctuation problems with my past post childress and favre calls the plays

  12. By Vernon on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    Its great to see what the Vikings are doing here… they are preparing themselves for when Bevell gets his Head coaching Job and trust the NFL to go with those who are proving they know wtf to do on offense… Another year in the top 3 total offense and top 3 scoring offense and Bevell well get alot of consideration period. The NFL has always taken the cream of the crop when head coach positions open up. IT’s simply Marketable. Soo when Bevell moves on and up HOPEFULLY not to the Da’ Bears! Eric Beieniemy well get his feet wet in running the Vikings offense leading to a smoother transition back to a power running offense when Brett is truely retired! GG Vikings!

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