The window to examine head coaching candidates from playoff teams has closed, forcing Houston to wait until Kansas City is eliminated or the postseason has ended to interview Bieniemy, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
Houston is the last team with a head coaching vacancy (prior to the Philadelphia Eagles firing Doug Pederson) to express interest in Bieniemy. The Chiefs coordinator is reportedly one of the top choices quarterback Deshaun Watson advocated for during the hiring process.
The Texans' interest in Bieniemy could signal an attempt to reconcile with Watson. The field general was reportedly frustrated with the franchise after it did not consult him on the decision to hire Nick Caserio as general manager, among other issues.
Bieniemy has been a hot name during the NFL's coaching carousel this offseason due to his influence on the Chiefs' offense. Kansas City has led the league in yardage in two of his three years at the helm.
The Texans recently conducted several interviews but then restarted the search for their next sideline boss after Caserio's hiring, Rapoport adds.
The organization also put in requests to speak to Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Baltimore Ravens wide receivers coach David Culley.