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Bengals target Eric Bieniemy opens up about coaching interviews

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Bieniemy is well-spoken and very grateful for having the chance to interview for head-coaching jobs.

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Eric Bieniemy remains firmly in the mix for the Bengals’ head coaching job.

Bieniemy interviewed with Cincinnati before the start of the NFL playoffs, though we haven’t heard much about him since then. He had interviews with the Bengals, Jets, Buccaneers and Cardinals. It just so happens that the Bengals are the only team from that group that hasn’t made a hire.

And as of late, the tea leaves are suggesting the Bengals will hire an offensive-minded coach outside of the organization, which is exactly what Bieniemy is. He’s also one of the most qualified coaches that fit that description, so one would think he has a real shot at getting the gig.

On Wednesday, Bieniemy spoke briefly about his interviews, which he called a blessing.

“First and foremost, I’d like to thank coach (Andy) Reid for really trusting me and putting me in this situation to have this opportunity, and also grateful that Clark (Hunt) and Mark (Donovan) would agree to allow me to be the coordinator,” Bieniemy said.

“But I will say this. I’ve said this to the few people that I’ve had an opportunity to speak to. Everyone should be blessed and fortunate to have that opportunity. It gives you an opportunity to see things from a different perspective.

“But on top of that, it’s one of those things that, hey, you know what, I’ve been working a lot of years to be put in this situation, to have that opportunity.”

Bieniemy quickly shifted his focus to the Chiefs’ upcoming matchup with the Colts in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

Speaking of, the fact that Cincinnati has yet to make a hire or setup any more interviews suggests the coach they want is still in the playoffs.

If we’re narrowing the list down to offensive-minded coaches Cincinnati has interviewed that are still in the playoffs, that leaves Bieniemy, Rams offensive coordinator Zac Taylor and Rams passing game coordinator Shane Waldron.

Listening to Bieniemy speak, there’s a world of difference and a great breath of fresh air compared to Marvin Lewis. Bieniemy is far more open about the situation he’s in and willing to express his feelings and give reporters very in-depth answers.

Lewis would scold reporters for asking such questions.

If nothing else, Bieniemy as the Bengals head coach would be a huge upgrade in the personality department, which obviously makes him much easier for fans to get behind.