January 02, 2011

Florida hires Weis as coordinator: Former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis is leaving the NFL to become Florida’s offensive coordinator.

posted by gfinsf to football at 08:58 AM - 8 comments

I don't understand this move by Weis.He failed in college football but succeeded again in the NFL. Going to Florida makes no sense. Florida's new coach has a great hire but why would Weis go there other than money or to undermine the new coach and try to get one of the biggest jobs in college sports? Kansas City is a franchise on the upswing and for him to bail on that and not wait for an NFL offer such seems very strange.

posted by gfinsf at 09:12 AM on January 02, 2011

I also wonder about this. He's leaving a good situation that he had a role in creating.

Perhaps an ego-driven decision in regard to unfinished business after his prior collegiate experience.

Be interesting to see if he calls game plans from the booth or sidelines, given his health issues.

Don't know if he's ever spent a summer in Gainesville or not. There will be some weight loss. It's involuntary. Sea breezes don't reach that far inland.

posted by beaverboard at 09:54 AM on January 02, 2011

I would have assumed that, with very few exceptions, NFC OC Position > NCAA OC Position. I guess Florida is one of those exceptions, at least as compared to KC. Or maybe Weis does not get along with Haley or somesuch.

posted by holden at 10:33 AM on January 02, 2011

Possibilities: he's securing a job, figuring on a lockout; he doesn't get along with Haley; his son is going to be at Florida.

As far as 'failed in college football but succeeded in the NFL', he failed as a head coach, but he's quite successful as an OC - maybe that's his lot in life, to be an amazing OC (I've always thought he gets too little credit for the Pats' Super Bowls). He could do worse than that.

posted by kokaku at 10:41 AM on January 02, 2011

Also, from Florida's perspective, it's a big incentive to keep John Brantley from transferring, and can be used to draw all the top "pro-style" (read: white statues with cannons for arms) to UFl.

For all Charlie Weis' other flaws, he's a good OC. Maybe he prefers the feel and spirit of the college game to dealing with the League of Mercenaries.

posted by Bonkers at 11:31 AM on January 02, 2011

Maybe he prefers the feel and spirit of the college game to dealing with the League of Mercenaries.

Mercenary: working or acting merely for money or other reward.

Not sure there is that much difference between NFL and NCAA; just who gets the money.

posted by graymatters at 01:03 PM on January 02, 2011

I wonder if he will have the same "schematic advantage" he had at Notre Dame.

posted by jm_mosier at 01:04 PM on January 02, 2011

Charlie might see himself as the new Norm Chow, who is probably the best offensive mind in the history of college ball. Once Chow walked away from BYU and started chasing the money (NC State, USC, et al), he could pretty much write his own check. Some guys just are not cut out to be head coaches and maybe Charlie has had that self-knowledge moment.

posted by gradioc at 08:21 PM on January 02, 2011

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