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Eric Bieniemy

The Detroit Lions would be wise to hire an offensive-minded head coach this time around after failing to see any success over the past three seasons with a defensive-first coach at the helm.

With Matthew Stafford set to turn 33-years old next season, it’s time to put a coach in place that is willing to play to the veteran quarterback’s strengths rather than trying to transition him into a game-manager despite having plenty of treads left on his tires.

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Although the Detroit Lions could potentially lose their top-four receivers to free agency next season, bringing in a coach like Bieniemy will go along way to getting a contract extension completed for star pass-catcher Kenny Golladay.

Sure, Detroit will have an opportunity to use the franchise tag on Golladay if they so choose, but locking the young budding star long term should be the organizations’ top priority.  At this point, why would Golladay choose to remain in Detroit?

We are watching offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell limp his way through the season with his conservative play-calling.  It’s an offensive league, and players know their paycheck depends on their performance.  Golladay led the league with 11 touchdown receptions in 2019, but Detroit’s offense in 2020 has yet to resemble that same style of attack.

If the Detroit Lions opt to hire Eric Bieniemy as their next head coach, it will be followed by excitement understanding what this offense may transition into.  Having a young, dual-threat running back at his disposal, a strong-armed veteran quarterback, and potentially one of the top receivers’ in the game, Bieniemy could be poised for early success.

Coming from the Andy Reid coaching tree, Bienienmy couldn’t have asked for a better mentor.  His quarterback Patrick Mahomes had this to say about his current offensive coordinator.

With a plethora of NFL head coaching vacancies expected, the often passed over Bieniemy is destined to finally land one of the 32 most coveted jobs in all of sports merely seconds after the Cheifs’ season comes to an end.

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The Detroit Lions need to consider hiring one of the brightest, upcoming offensive minds currently in the game.  If Bieniemy is indeed the coach of choice, being an offensive-minded guy, who he hires to run Detroit’s defense, also becomes vital.