Vikings RB coach Eric Bieniemy confirmed to the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Saturday that he has taken the University of Colorado's offensive coordinator position.
Bieniemy told the paper that he would stay with the Vikings until the end of the season. "We still have a lot of work to do and I owe this to the players, coaches and this entire organization!" he said in a text message.
Bieniemy joined the Vikings' staff in 2006, hired by former head coach Brad Childress. Bieniemy coached a unit that saw Adrian Peterson rush for over 1,000 yards in all four of his NFL seasons.
A star running back at Colorado, Bieniemy was the nation's second-leading rusher in 1990. He played in the NFL for nine seasons and then coached running backs at Colorado in 2001 and '02.
The way we see it
Bienemy is getting an opportunity to return to his alma mater, which is no doubt attractive. Moreover, with uncertainty surrounding the Vikings' head-coaching position for next season, his job security in Minnesota was less than ideal.