So-Called Offensive Genius Stops Calling Plays

Via the ASSOCIATED PRESS, we learn that after an absolute debacle of a season in South Bend, Charlie Weis will hand off play-calling duties for the Fighting Irish to offensive coordinator Mike Haywood:

Charlie Weis' O-face

Supposedly, there is an explanation for this, and it comes from a talk Weis had with Patriots coach and King of the Hobos, Bill Belichick:

Weis said he talked more with Belichick about how to be a better coach than about X’s and O’s. He also consulted with others, but said he was already leaning toward delegating the play-calling.

“I just felt that I had to, after this past season, figure out a laundry list of things on and off the field that I wanted to make better, and this was one of them,” he said.

The move will give more freedom and responsibility to the assistant coaches on offense, Weis said.

“It means that all the offensive coaches now won’t have to worry about the head coach breathing down their neck all the time,” he said. “When you have a number of good coaches sometimes they get stymied or stifled a little bit when you have a very domineering presence as head coach that’s also involved in the offense.”

Given that Weis has brought in what many scouting sites considered the top recruiting class this week and no longer has the convenient excuse of Ty Willingham to blame for anything that goes wrong, it’s probably best he keep his hands off as much as possible. Thus, he can take credit for anything .500 or better, and lay the blame on Haywood for any failures.

Plus, he’s still got that goal of catching up with Kansas coach Mark Mangino to work on. High-carb sweets don’t eat themselves, you know.

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