Monday, January 3, 2011

The highlights of Charlie Weis' short, strange time with the Chiefs

Posted By on Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 12:30 PM

click to enlarge Charlie Weis is cruising to Florida.
  • Charlie Weis is cruising to Florida.

Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is packing up his ruby red Rascal and hitting the road to take the exact same job at the University of Florida. He plans on staying with the team through the playoffs. It was fun while it lasted.

When Weis was hired in January, it appeared that the team general manager, Scott Pioli, was assembling the Bill Belichick Coaching Tree Dream Team, with head coach Todd Haley running the show, Weis calling the offensive shots, and Romeo Crennel guiding the defense. And it worked well, because the team put together its biggest single-season turnaround ever. But along the way, there were some curious events. Let's look back at a few of the odder highlights.


Heading into training camp last summer, Weis was not a well man. Injuring his knee before camp started, Weis used a red motorized

scooter to prowl the sidelines while his team

drilled for the upcoming season. At the time, he described the injury as

"a piece of it broke off." He said it would require surgery to fix, but

not until after the season, "hopefully in mid-February." What optimism!

Weis further cemented his reputation as the Bionic Football Coach in

September, when he underwent emergency gallbladder surgery. His

gallbladder had been infected for a few days, but Weis elected to suck

it up and lead his offense to a 31-10 rout of the 49ers.

And then there was Weis' entrance into the most mudslinging

election of the political season. In July, as Kansas Republicans

Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt were in the midst of a vicious cat fight to be nominated

to run for an open U.S. Senate seat, Weis joined the likes of Sarah Palin and

Glenn Beck disciples to throw their support behind Tiahrt's losing

campaign.

Finally, the seemingly odd choice to bail on the Chiefs after a pretty

awesome season has fired up the rumor mill. Why would an experienced

coordinator and former college head coach leave a sweet NFL gig with a

sharp offense to return to the NCAA? The Kansas City Star's Sam

Mellinger says if you cut through the Chiefs' spin, you find that Weis'

departure might be more personality driven than professionally driven.

He writes:

Today, even as he's a legitimate candidate for NFL coach of

the year, Todd Haley looks like an impossible man to work for, ego and

insecurity driving two veteran offensive coordinators away in a 16-month

span.

If that's true, it might be hard for Haley to sustain the kind of

success he has found this season.

There is a little silver lining of Weis announcing his departure before

the end of the season. Last time he pulled the NFL-to-college maneuver, when he announced that he

was leaving the New England Patriots to take over as head coach of Notre

Dame, he helped the Pats win the Super Bowl before departing. We demand a repeat performance.

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