The Texans’ inability to request a head coach interview with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy just after the end of the regular season, reportedly ranked quarterback Deshaun Watson, and the team is now trying to go in the other direction.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that they have requested an interview with Bieniemy for their opening.
Bieniemy cannot interview the team until next week at the earliest. Bieniemy was available for interview with the Jets, Jaguars, Chargers, Falcons and Lions last week because the Chiefs were saying goodbye, but he will not be able to speak to the Texans until the Chiefs have finished playing.
Chiefs are the best seeds in the AFC and no one will be surprised if they return to the Super Bowl, which would give a long wait for an interview.
All of this presupposes that the request would be met with a positive response from Bieniemy given the team’s reluctance to ask for one before Watson’s dissatisfaction became a matter of public discussion. They were in the process of hiring General Manager Nick Caserio, and that probably changed the direction of their coaching search, but they spoke to Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady without having Caserio in place.