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Good time Charlie loosens up

Posted on: February 8, 2008 5:55 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2008 6:12 pm

This was as big as it gets in February in South Bend.

You might have missed it but Charlie Weis just cut off a limb. That's the equivalent of what happened Friday when the master play caller gave up play calling at Notre Dame. In a stunning announcement Friday, the Notre Dame coach did just that.

"I'm going to try to cut the proverbial -- the figurative umbilical cord," he said.

The duties go to offensive coordinator Mike Haywood who previously had quotes around his job title, as in wink, wink. Yeah, but what do you really do Mike?

Imagine that, an offensive coordinator actually calling plays. I remember approaching Haywood before Weis' first season and delicately asking, "So what is it that you do if you don't call plays?" 

Now he can proudly say that a guy with multiple Super Bowl rings just handed him the keys to the car.

"That means Mike will write the scripts and set iup on offense, tnad that means that all the offensive coaches now won't have to worry about the ever presence of the head coach breathing down their neck all the time."

While Weis spoke of umbilical cords and withdrawl, he admitted candidly, "This is really not the easiest thing."

But it had to be done. Notre Dame stunk on offense last season. As good as those Patriots teams were, ND had simply lost its mojo on offense -- as well as a lot of yards. The move shows a wisdom and maturity by Weis that we haven't seen during his gruff, know-it-all time in South Bend. 

"I think that play calling is my greatest strength, OK?  -- but I'm the head coach, and I think that when you're play callling on offense you might not necessarily be the best head coach," he said. "So what I'm trying to do is I'm trying to be a better head coach."

This is an outward admission that something is seriously wrong with the program. Weis feels an urgency for himself and for Notre Dame. He'd better deliver next year especially with a much friendlier schedule than '07.

Georgia' s Mark Richt did this a couple of years ago. He had been a master play caller at Florida State and kept the duties for his first few seasons at Georgia. Then, like Weis, he realized he had to run an entire program not just the offense. The Bulldogs' offense was better off for it. By the end of last season, Georgia arguably had the best team in the SEC.

Part of the epiphany occured when Weis traveled to New England to meet with Bill Belichick before the Patriots last regular-season game against the Giants. Weis suggested the meeting wasn't just X's and O's. The Hoodie probably gave Weis advice that went beyond how to throw the hitch pass.

Weis also made another curious announcement. Defensive assistant Bill Polian is being moved to speical teams coordinator with Weis as his assistant.

"I'm not going to put in the program under my bio "assistant special teams coach," if you don't mind," Weis said.

Weis will also make a pilgrimage to Virginia Tech to pick Frank Beamer's brain about special teams.

"I screwed that up last year," Weis said.

 This all comes under the heading of: ego, less of it. Give Weis credit for seeing the big picture. If he needs to swallow hard and give away his baby (play calling) then so be it. He knows that if ND doesn't go to a bowl next season his job is in serious danger no matter how long his contract is.

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Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2008 10:04 am

Good time Charlie loosens up

Charlie is finally seeing the bigger picture, and putting the right pieces in place.  ND wins eight games in '08...

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2008 11:30 am

Good time Charlie loosens up

No secret ND put a pathetic team on the field last season. No ND fan is enamored with Charlie Weis but to be fair(try it) he clearly did not have playmakers...heck I would have settled for an OL. Jimmy Clausen may not be the real deal but with such a pathetic OL even Joe Montana would have had trouble making plays with that line. CW got a pass(no pun intended) because he took ND to 2 BCS bowls...of course they lost but they still got invited whether it was fair or not. I am on a ND Board in Memphis and rest assured this is HIS year. ND has plenty of money and while I dont support constantly changing coaches he has to produce this year whether he calls the plays or not. I still think he has not made the transition from pro to players are not on automatic pilot like the pros and have to be taught. That is why Lou was so good at what he did. Even with a team with virtually no blue chippers he got the job done. It is embarrassing to ND fans to endure such a season like the last one. He does get points for a great recruiting year but those players are only as good as their development. I do think his play calling was less than stellar last season...the call in the Navy game when the entire world knew what he was going to call. Last season was one that everyone has to admit was nothing short of unreal with all of the upsets. Yes they lost to Mich State...I think the amazing comeback the year before was because of Brady Quinn. JC may develop into a good quarterback but now he has competition from a kid from his hometown. Should be interesting. What about your Spartans next season?

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2008 8:53 am

Good time Charlie loosens up

The biggest problem was that those kids did not look ready to play most days last years. The offense looked like they were playing in a typhoon.  Getting a first down as a challenge.  The infuson of young talent will at least make for more competition on the practice field.  When the games commence in September this year, the players will not be seeing actual speed for the first time.  Maybe with Charlie not calling the plays, some of the needless bravade on 4th down will go away as well.  With this schedule and this year's recruiting class, ND fans must hope to be above .500 this year and be Top 20 the following year.

Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2008 9:20 pm

Good time Charlie loosens up

Oh I'm light... he came in like his *hit didn't stink..the BIG time offensive guru..where did that get him 2 wins..he couldn't beat Mich.State(1-3) who doesn't get the big time recruits like N.D. does..not prejudice..just stating facts

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2008 5:59 pm
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Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2008 3:39 pm

Good time Charlie loosens up

lighten up spart...your prejudice is showing.

Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2008 9:44 pm

Good time Charlie loosens up

The only thing that made sense was your second to last sentence..your right swallow hard...just a set-up to take the blame off himself when N.D. is below .500 AGAIN!!!!!!!

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