Posted by Will Brinson
The jokes during the Chiefs loss to the Raiders on Sunday (a surprising 31-10 blowout) were that Charlie Weis had already packed his bags for Florida, where, as Josh wrote, it was all but guaranteed he'd be working next year.
After the game, Todd Haley addressed the rumors and confirmed Weis' departure, calling it "bittersweet," but providing a logical reason for the jump.
"Charlie Weis is moving on," Haley said. "He's going to go to the University of Florida as a coordinator. There was obviously a lot of speculation on that. "Charlie and I, the Chiefs, we had a bunch of real productive conversations this weekend -- really productive. This is a bitter sweet deal for me, as the head coach, because Charlie was someone I was obviously really excited to have in here."
There was also some speculation that Weis and Haley had trouble co-existing, but the logic behind Weis' not-so-parallel jump appears to be him wanting to spend time with his son.
"With that being said, Charlie is a family guy. He has a situation, a family situation, where he can go to Florida and be with his son, who is going to get into coaching. Without talking personally about Charlie, this is a great situation for Charlie. And I respect it 100 percent and we respect it 100 percent."
As Kent Babb noted on Twitter, Weis' son is going to be attending Florida in 2011, he'll be working with the football team (likely thanks to Weis' job) and wants to be a coach in the future.
So, really, there's no better opportunity for Weis to mentor his son than what he'll have in 2011, even if it means taking a step back in terms of his likely goal of once again becoming a head coach.
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