Why Chiefs’ Eric Bieniemy deserves credit for ‘Corn Dog Shuttle’ calls that helped win Super Bowl 57

Super Bowl 57 was a back-and-forth affair between the Chiefs and the Eagles, but Kansas City was eventually able to win the shootout 38-35 thanks to a last-minute Harrison Butker field goal.

The Chiefs’ offense operated extremely efficiently in the victory, and MVP Patrick Mahomes has gotten a lot of credit for his second-half performance. The sixth-year quarterback completed 13 of 14 passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns while running for 33 yards on a banged-up ankle.

Coach Andy Reid — winner of his second Super Bowl — has also been given a lot of credit for his team’s performance. The Chiefs scored on all four of their drives after halftime and that offensive outburst keyed their win.

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Both men certainly deserve credit for what they achieved against a vaunted Eagles defense, but each was also complimentary of the role offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy played in the team’s victory.

Reid and Mahomes raved about Bieniemy’s performance during the contest and his ability to scheme up a way to beat what had been one of the NFL’s best defenses.

“Eric Bieniemy was tremendous down the stretch there, putting things together,” Reid told Fox’s Terry Bradshaw during the Lombardi Trophy presentation.

Indeed, Bieniemy was critical to the team’s offensive success in the Super Bowl. Nowhere was that more apparent than in the red zone, where the veteran coach dialed up a play call that turned out to be kryptonite for the Eagles defense.

That would be the “Corn Dog Shuttle.”

The name may sound innocent enough, but its diabolical nature flummoxed the Eagles and allowed the Chiefs to score two second-half touchdowns in the win.

So, what is the Corn Dog Shuttle? Here’s what to know about the play and Bieniemy’s role in recognizing its efficacy.

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What is the Corn Dog Shuttle?

The Corn Dog Shuttle is the name of the play that the Chiefs used to confuse Philadelphia in coverage during their Super Bowl 57 win. The play involves a player going in motion before the snap before stopping and breaking in the opposite direction once the ball is snapped.

The player in motion then runs a drag route while the other player to that side of the field runs a corner route. This helps to put stress on the defenders, as the player who was guarding the receiver coming across often has to break back outside to try to stop the drag route.

It isn’t always easy to get back to that defender, especially when the receivers are fast.

The Chiefs used that look on Kadarius Toney’s touchdown early in the fourth quarter which gave them their first lead of the game.

And on the team’s ensuing drive, Reid and Bieniemy dialed up a similar concept known as “Tent.” This one went to Skyy Moore on the opposite side of the field for a score.

Each time, the Corn Dog Shuttle — or one of its closely-related variants — worked to perfection. But how did the Chiefs know it would trouble the Eagles?

Credit for that belongs with Bieniemy.

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Eric Bieniemy and the Chiefs’ Corn Dog Shuttle

The Corn Dog Shuttle was something that the Chiefs worked to put in their playbook for the 2022 NFL season. It came to be after the Bills had success using Isaiah McKenzie in motion against Kansas City during the 2022 playoff battle between the two teams, per the Kansas City Star.

The Chiefs broke out the play from time to time during the regular season, and it was effective.

However, heading into the Super Bowl, Bieniemy saw a perfect opportunity to use it against the Eagles. Why? Because Philadelphia had struggled to defend the concept before on a Jamal Agnew touchdown in Week 4 against the Jaguars.

On the play, Agnew motioned into and then out of the backfield to catch a wide-open touchdown.

Bieniemy evidently noticed this when preparing for the game. It’s likely he was studying how the Eagles fared specifically in that contest given that Jaguars coach Doug Pederson comes from Andy Reid’s coaching tree.

And as backup quarterback Chad Henne explained to The Athletic, Bieniemy shared that knowledge with the Kansas City offense. That is what set up the team’s success with the play.

(Bieniemy) put it on tape and said: ‘Hey, like, if they do this, this guy is wide open. It’s man (coverage).’ They’re just trying to protect themselves from the jet sweep and trying to bubble over the top and get an extra player (on the other side of the field). But we faked the jet twice, and they didn’t figure it out.

Bieniemy’s calls led to the two easy touchdowns for Mahomes and the Chiefs during their near-flawless second half. As such, it’s no surprise that he received the relentless praise that he did from Reid and Mahomes.

“Eric Bieniemy was phenomenal,” Reid told Erin Andrews aftermath of the win.

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How did the ‘Corn Dog Shuttle’ get its name?

For those wondering, the “Corn Dog Shuttle” got its name fairly simply, as outlined by the Kansas City Star.

The “Corn Dog” part of the title comes from the routes being run on the play. The corner route was shortened to “corn” while drag became “dog” to make it roll off the tongue.

But where did the shuttle come from? As The Star reports:

The coaches like to use aircraft to label their jet motions, and this one required a player to go back to the place he first started. Sort of like a shuttle.

See? Simple enough, and it’s certainly a call and concept that players won’t forget.


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