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Giants interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy gestures during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game, in Kansas City, Mo. The Browns are interviewing Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy Friday, Jan. 3, 2010, in Kansas City for their head coaching vacancy, the club announced.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy gestures during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game, in Kansas City, Mo. The Browns are interviewing Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy Friday, Jan. 3, 2010, in Kansas City for their head coaching vacancy, the club announced.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)


EAST RUTHERFORD – The New York Giants resumed their fast-paced coaching search Saturday, interviewing Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

He is the third candidate the team has spoken with in the past three days.

After firing coach Pat Shurmur on Monday, the Giants met with Dallas assistant coach Kris Richard on Thursday, former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarty on Friday and now Bieniemy.

Giants co-owner John Mara, general manager Dave Gettleman and vice president of football operations Kevin Abrams handled the interview in Kansas City.

Bieniemy has been on the Chiefs staff for seven years, the last two as coordinator of a high-scoring offense featuring Patrick Mahomes. This season, the Chiefs ranked fifth in the NFL in points per game (28.2) and sixth in yards per game (379.2).

Kansas City won the AFC West the past two seasons with 12-4 records.

A former NFL running back, Bieniemy was hired as the Chiefs running backs coach in Andy Reid’s first year in Kansas City. From 2013-15, he mentored Jamaal Charles, who became the leading rusher in franchise history with 7,260 yards. In 2017, Kareem Hunt rushed for 1,327 yards and scored 11 total touchdowns.

Bieniemy also has worked for the Minnesota Vikings. He had two stints at the University of Colorado and worked at UCLA. He started his coaching career at Thomas Jefferson High School in Colorado in 2000, one year after his final season as a player.

Bieniemy was drafted in 1999 by the Chargers, where he played four seasons and appeared in a Super Bowl in 1994. He also played four seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals and one year with the Philadelphia Eagles in Reid's first season as coach.

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