While speculating on where former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels may land on the most recent edition of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, Chris Mortensen reported, “Don’t be surprised if Charlie Weis doesn’t return to Kansas City.”
Despite Kansas City’s stunning turnaround this season and the success of quarterback Matt Cassel under Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Weis, Mortensen speculated that McDaniels could soon replace Weis as KC’s offensive coordinator:
“Josh McDaniels got the most out of Matt Cassel. There are some issues to work out, but watch that.”
Given KC’s remarkable season, many would find that move surprising.
But not as surprising as where a well-respected newspaper columnist and radio host reported Weis could land if he departed the NFL team after just one season.
Or before this season is even over.
While hosting his weekday radio show in Gainesville yesterday, longtime GAINESVILLE SUN columnist Pat Dooley, who is not prone to unfounded speculation, reported that he’d heard that Weis could be a serious candidate for the offensive coordinator position at the University of Florida.
Dooley from his show on Thursday (audio link - WYBC-FM Gainesville):
“In terms of Florida’s Offensive Coordinator, if you’re driving in your car, I want you to pull over. 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 your new offensive coordinator for the Florida Gators is going to be Charlie Weis.
“I’ve heard this from some people in the NFL, that that’s going on. My first reaction was, ‘are you kidding me, why would Charlie Weis leave Kansas City to go to Florida in the same job’? … Wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense.”
Dooley’s right, it absolutely wouldn’t. Unless McDaniels, who was the Patriots offensive coordinator when Cassel came out of nowhere in 2008 to lead the Patriots to an 11-5 season after a Tom Brady season-ending injury in Week 1, was available.
If Dooley is right, the timing of Weis joining the Florida staff could be very, very awkwa… let Pat tell you:
“Nothing’s going to happen until after the (Florida) bowl game (on Saturday). But it could be as early as Sunday, or maybe Monday, that we find out about the two (Florida) coordinators.”
Hard to comprehend that Weis would be introduced as the next Florida offensive coordinator in the next 48 hours.
Almost as hard to comprehend that Urban Meyer would resign twice in a calendar year and Florida would hire a UGA graduate with no head coaching experience to replace him.
UPDATE: Chiefs beat reporter Kent Babb of the KANSAS CITY STAR has this from Chiefs Coach Todd Haley:
Chiefs coach Todd Haley was asked about Weis-to-Florida rumors. He said it was first he’d heard of it, but he didn’t deny anything.
UPDATE: Mortensen is now reporting:
Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is being targeted by the Florida Gators to become the offensive coordinator under new coach Will Muschamp, two sources confirmed to ESPN.
Weis is expected to take the job, but no firm agreement is in place.
Muschamp contacted the Chiefs this week for permission to talk to Weis, with the full intention of hiring the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator and former Notre Dame coach, sources said. A Florida source said Weis would continue to coach the Chiefs into the AFC playoffs. Another source reiterated that Weis is expected to accept the job.
Appears Dooley was likely dead-on in his speculation.
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