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With QB change looming, Eric Bieniemy right fit to guide Chiefs' offense

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs will soon be taking a step they haven’t in many years by installing a young player, Patrick Mahomes II, as their new starting quarterback.

That’s enough offensive change for one year. The Chiefs don’t need any more.

So the promotion of running backs coach Eric Bieniemy to offensive coordinator, replacing Matt Nagy, makes sense. Since he’s been with coach Andy Reid the past five seasons and even played for him many years ago with the Philadelphia Eagles, he knows the system inside and out and will make the transition from Nagy about as seamless as it can be.

Bieniemy has been an excellent running backs coach for the Chiefs. The Chiefs have had a back emerge in each of the past three seasons (Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware, Kareem Hunt) to lead the team in rushing. Hunt, a third-round draft pick, led the NFL in rushing this season.

Bieniemy deserves some credit for their development. That doesn’t mean he will be a good coordinator.

But he just might have the right touch for the Kansas City offense at an important time.