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Posted on: December 31, 2010 4:27 pm

Report: Gators pursuing KC's Weis as OC

Posted by Will Brinson

Earlier, we mentioned that there were rumors floating that the Florida Gators would be interested in Kansas City offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.

This speculation stemmed from the fact that Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun mentioned the rumor on his radio show, and Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported the possibility on Sunday.

Now Mort's reporting the possibility of Weis heading to Gainesville to join Will Muschamp's coaching staff is "likely" and that Muschamp, who wants a pro-style offensive coordinator for his system, contacted the Chiefs for permission to speak with Weis.

Todd Haley was asked about the rumors at his press conference on Friday.

"It would be news to me," Haley said.

But, as Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star points out, Haley certainly didn't deny any of the rumors either.

It seems, then, fairly likely that this is a move that will happen (or at least come close to happening), although Weis isn't expected to bounce from KC until after the Chiefs are done in the playoffs.

For those wondering why Weis would make such a move -- common sense dictates that moving as an OC in the NFL to an OC in college isn't even a lateral jump -- well, it would seem that perhaps Weis and Haley weren't working together perfectly and perhaps Weis sensed that the organization was taking a strong look at Josh McDaniels to replace him. McDaniels, after all, got the most out of Cassel when he ran the Patriots offense in 2008.

But then folks will also remember that McDaniels and Haley had a handshake incident this year, so perhaps that's not the greatest marriage either. Not to mention with the Chiefs coming off an AFC West championship, they'd be "messing with happy," and that's almost never smart.

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Posted on: December 31, 2010 2:05 pm

Could Charlie Weis bolt KC for Florida Gators?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Kansas City Chiefs have been a tremendous success this season, in large part because of the increased responsibilities that Todd Haley handed to coordinators Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel.

But according to what Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley (by way of Sports by Brooks) preached on the radio Thursday, Weis might not hang around KC very long.

"In terms of Florida’s Offensive Coordinator, if you’re driving in your car, I want you to pull over," Dooley said on his radio show Thursday. "When I say this, you’re going to freak out. I think this is going to happen but I don’t know that it’s going to happen. That’s why you won’t see it in the paper (Gainesville Sun) tomorrow unless I get another source on it.

"I think you’re new offensive coordinator for the Florida Gators is going to be Charlie Weis."

Dooley said he's "heard this from some people in the NFL" and his reaction was "Are you kidding me?"

I'd like to second that reaction, even though ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that it wouldn't be surprising if Weis didn't return to Florida and there's a chance the Chiefs could look to hire Josh McDaniels.

McDaniels was Cassel's coordinator when he became an NFL starter after Tom Brady's injury (and subsequently a franchise quarterback) in 2008.

But still, this is a pretty crazy (and, mind you, still reported) shift in movement for coordinators, although theoretically the McDaniels hire makes sense and, I suppose, so does the Weis to Florida move. Although Weis' didn't have success at Notre Dame, he was the head coach there -- he's clearly a talented offensive mind and if he can help Will Muschamp revive the offense in Gainesville, his stock will only continue to re-rise.

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