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Charlie Weis and the Florida Gators

Posted on: January 1, 2011 11:28 am
Edited on: January 2, 2011 12:01 am
 
TAMPA, FL. -- Current Kansas City Chiefs assistant Charlie Weis will likely be announced as the new offensive coordinator for the Florida Gators as early as Monday, an NFL source confirmed to CBSSports.com.

The hiring of Weis is a major coup for the Gators who just beat Penn State here in the Outback Bowl. While Weis was a failure as a head coach at Notre Dame he still remains one of the better tactical minds in college football. For a variety of reasons, his smarts never translated when he coached the Irish.

They have at Kansas City. One of the main reasons for the Chiefs' turnaround is because of the work Weis has done with quarterback Matt Cassel and that offense. Cassel has thrown 27 touchdowns and only five interceptions this season.

Weis is now bringing those pro style manueverings to Florida. Weis, in many ways, is a better offensive coach than Urban Meyer. (Yes, you read that correctly. Count the Super Bowl rings.)

But why is Weis making this move?

I'm told Weis truly enjoyed coaching on the college level and wants another shot at a college head coaching job. He views this move -- should it happen -- as the best way to achieve that goal.

Florida now has one of the best assistant coaching staffs in all of college football. The addition of Weis could be a recruiting nightmare for other programs in the state.


Category: NCAAF
Tags: Gators
 
Comments

Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Charlie Weis and the Florida Gators

I don't really care about Florida but I am concerned about the coaching going on in KC. Gun's in Detroit is looking pretty good as is Chan in Buffalo...now Weis? I'm hoping our head coach gets enough accolades that everyone knows he is the genius behind KC's success on the field this year but I am really concerned about what is going on with the carousel there. I don't believe the heat and humidity of Florida will be any kinder to his gout, (diet), arthritis (wear and tear). The question here really is Why? He knew of Indiana winters before he took that job so what is happening in KC?



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Charlie Weis and the Florida Gators

 So, how about we start asking why wouldn't he leave KC for Florida.

Because the step down in prestige from a pro coordinator to a college coordinator is substantial.  Frankly, I think staying in the pro ranks gives him  a better chance to land any HC jobs that may pop up.  Granted, I don't think he'll ever be a good HC, but still: if upward mobility is the goal, this really seems like a step back.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Charlie Weis and the Florida Gators

First off, I highly doubt Coach Muschamp is bolting UF for Texas whenever that jobs opens.  Secondly, why would UF, a top 5 program, ever hire Charlie Weis as the HC?  He failed at Notre Dame!  Might as well bring back the Zooker at that point.  Weis might be the OC, never the HC.



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Charlie Weis and the Florida Gators

Why does everyone keep asking WHY Charlie Weis would want to leave KC!  Why is because, even though KC has improved they are still not a SB caliber team.  Two, why would someone in Charlie's health prefer KC over the much warmer climate of Florida.  Lastly, there is much less stress in the college ranks than in the NFL.  So, how about we start asking why wouldn't he leave KC for Florida.



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Charlie Weis and the Florida Gators

:) Lol...Weis is not the "heir apparent" for anything

Muschamp was not hired with the expectation that he'd be leaving within a year or two when Florida could have hired many other great coaches willing to stay a long time.



Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Charlie Weis and the Florida Gators

Y'know, when Muschamp first got the job, people were talking about his being ticked off at Texas because Mack Brown didn't step down.  Could this be a situation where Muschamp's contract states that he can leave the UF job for Texas without penalty (sort of like Lou Holtz's old contracts that allowed him to leave at any time to go to Notre Dame)?  If that's the case, it suggests that Muschamp could very well be leaving UF in a year or two when Brown retires since Muschamp saw fit to negotiate himself an out.  Under those circumstances, could Weis have been hired as the "heir apparent" to Muschamp?  If Weis signs a 2 year contract, most likely Brown will have retired and if UT decides they want Muschamp back then Weis steps right in and UF is covered--the team gets continuity and Weis gets a HC job at one of the best college football programs in the country.  If UT were to pass on Muschamp, then Weis would be free to pursue other opportunities having reestablished his college credentials at the highest level of competition.
OTOH, I don't keep up with UT that much.  I don't know whether Muschamp leaving burned any bridges or not.



Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Charlie Weis and the Florida Gators

The only reason Charlie Weis would leave is becuase he liked coaching in collge. I am around this Kansas City Chiefs team and he has completely changed this offense into a very good one. This move just doesnt make any sense. He can still get a college coaching job when he is in the NFL. I do not think Weis will ever be that great of a coach on any level. In college, people said at times he just didnt want to recruit but somehow he still was able to land many prospects, so im guessing his assistants did most of the work. I think he should stay an assistant in the NFL.




Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Charlie Weis and the Florida Gators

I posted this somewhere else... Some have suggested that Weis would leave for the chance to coach with his son, who is entering college and looking to be a student assistant wherever he goes to school (possibly Florida).



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Charlie Weis and the Florida Gators

You guys hit the nail on the head.. but you are using the wrong argument.  He said Weis is better based on "Superbowl" rings.  I submit that it is much harder to get a national title in the college game than in the pros.  Yea, the seasons are longer and the competition is higher.. but how many 5 loss teams make the national title game in college?  You can lose "7" games like AZ did a few years back, or 8-9 this season and still get the same shot as an undefeated team.  I'm sure I'll catch hell on this because this is totally subjective as to which is easier or harder.. and that's cool.. let the arguments begin!  Yell  LOL>> that dude looks like he's takin' a dump.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Charlie Weis and the Florida Gators

Because it is just as good as job.  The question you ask why would he leave the NFL for the college game is just  pretentious.  Why do you think the a NFL job is any better then a college job?

Secondly, Weis probably has aspirations to be a head coach again and that will not happen in the NFL.  It is a better for him to get back in College ball for a couple of years and then laybe a head coaching job opens up for him.



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