Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is expected to become the Florida Gators new offensive coordinator, according to Chris Mortensen’s confirmation of a speculative report by Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley.
Weis made his name as the New England Patriots offensive coordinator from 2000 to 2004. His only experience as a college coach was as Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach from 2005 to 2009. He led the Irish to a 35-27 record and only one bowl win. The bulk of the criticisms fired his way had to do with his supposedly lackadaisical approach to recruiting — show ‘em the Super Bowl rings, mention Notre Dame’s history, and if that doesn’t do it, well …
His X’s and O’s game is certainly leagues beyond previous OC Steve Addazio’s, as are his player development skills, especially when it comes to quarterbacks. He’d still have to recruit, but couldn’t having a recruiting fiend head coach like Will Muschamp take some of the burden off Weis in that area? If that’s his least favorite thing about being a head coach, perhaps it could be nullified somewhat if he’s surrounded by a young and energetic staff.
In Weis’ one year as Chiefs OC, Kansas City rose from 25th to ninth in the league in offensive production. Attribute as much of that to Weis as you’d like.