Regardless of which side of the fence you're on in regards to the impact that Weis made on the 2010 Kansas City Chiefs, the news that leaked Friday and became a reality late Saturday evening, puts the organization in a bad light.
Because, something caused Weis to want to get out of the heartland and run to a job that many feel at best is a lateral move. In realty, the move to Florida is a cop out by Weis, who was unhappy with his role as the supreme leader of the Chiefs offense.
Sources have told Warpaint Illustrated.com that on multiple occasions Head Coach Todd Haley changed several calls during games. Per that source, Weis felt those changes cost the Chiefs a pair of wins.
But even though Weis might have been given autonomy to run KC's offense, Haley is still the head coach. And per our source, that's the job Weis ultimately wanted in Kansas City. And that's not going to happen because Haley is here to stay. The Chiefs are his team and I say without Haley's growth and leadership from his freshman season up to this point, the Chiefs wouldn't be AFC West champions today.
And as the Chiefs ultimately became Haley's team throughout the course of the season, that was something Weis's ego could not overcome.
Maybe Florida Head Coach Will Muschamp has more to worry about when Weis arrives on Monday.
So when the University of Florida contacted him about the job, per our source, he threw out a wild list of demands that likely included a top coordinator salary and a likely retirement package when he decides he no longer wants to coach at any level. But the deal sealer, according to our source, was modest assurances that should new Florida Head Coach Will Muschamp fail in a few seasons to make the Gators a national power once again, that Weis could be named his successor.
Maybe Muschamp should think twice about sitting next to Weis at the press conference on Monday. Because there is already talk that some Florida folks view Weis as the next man after Muschamp to get the head-coaching job that was vacated by the retiring Urban Meyer. In other words, Mushchamp has a very short time to prove himself.
Back in Kansas City the Chiefs coaching staff has a real dilemma on their hands in regards to allowing Weis to coach the team after Sunday's Raiders game. I argue it might be best he leaves Monday but that's not likely going to be the case.
But it brings to question how will this team respond in the post season knowing Weis is going to be on the phone talking to potential recruits and not focusing all of his efforts on the Chiefs game plans? And then who does General Manager Scott Pioli and Head Coach Todd Haley hire to replace the highly successful Weis.
First up the Chiefs have to dispose of the Oakland Raiders later today, then they have to get ready for the post season. It's NOT going to be easy for the Chiefs to stay focused and should Haley and Weis get into a heated exchange, as they have in the past on their head sets during games, will the mental muscle flexing cause the Chiefs to lose a game once the playoffs arrive.
Honestly, we're not going to know that until next weekend. What we do know is that the Chiefs have to act fast to find his successor and they're likely going to fill the coaching void from within their family tree.
And that family tree could see former Denver Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels become the teams' new offensive coordinator. As I stated in my column on Friday, McDaniels and Haley have some issues. ‘Snub Gate' turned a lot of heads into the personality and competitive nature of Haley. It also was the beginning of the end for McDaniels in Denver.
However, McDaniels was over matched as the teams head coach and after ‘Spy gate 2', it became clear the job was just too big for a coach of his inexperience to handle. But he wasn't over matched running the New England Patriots offense from 2006-2008. Some believe this hire would be a humongous stretch for the Chiefs. But McDaniels is one of the most brilliant young offensive minds in the NFL. And that has to be the ultimate deciding factor in luring McDaniels to Kansas City.
Nobody can deny the brilliant offensive mind of Josh McDaniels.
And further McDaniels, falls more in line with the young staff that Pioli under Chairman Clark Hunt has assembled to get the Chiefs back into the playoffs. Outside of defensive coordinator Rome Crennel, who is in his 60's, virtually every member of the organizations management, front office and coaching staff are in there 40's. That's not a coincidence.
On Saturday McDaniels reached a settlement with the Denver Broncos allowing him to take another NFL or college coaching job. Even though there could be as many as ten NFL head coaching vacancies after Sunday's games conclude, nobody is going to hire McDaniels to run a team.
However, he could be highly sought after to run a teams offense. Even with that skill set, his prospects are likely limited to either New England or Kansas City. After all, McDaniels has a lot to prove and must eat some serious humble pie to smooth the waters over ‘Spy Gate 2' and his incident with Haley. Not to mention how he ran the Broncos organization into the ground.
But I think he can do it. And per an NFL league source, the Chiefs have reached out to McDaniels about there soon to be coaching vacancy. But that doesn't mean he's interested in switching AFC West cities.
If the Chiefs don't hire McDaniels, they could land several other solid offensive coordinators like the Vikings Darrell Bevell, the Panthers Jeff Davidson (both of whom could be let go by their respective teams on Monday) or they could promote Maurice Cauthon or Nick Sirianni from within. Or just maybe they'll go after a young college coach with an impressive resume who can expand the Chiefs offense based on its youthful and very talented core.
But whichever way the Chiefs brass sees things, in my view the best candidate to replace Weis is McDaniels. And the fact he's from the Patriots Family, that's something that likely will trump any other rumor or speculation about Weis's replacement in Kansas City.
For Weis, it became clear over the course of the season, that he wasn't going to stick in Kansas City long term. He came to the Chiefs as the savior. And to that point, he did resurrect the offense, making it one of the most balanced in the AFC. But his ego and desire for control, was eventually his undoing.
And in reality, as it became clear he could not climb to the top of the coaching perch in Kansas City, the Chiefs simply out grew the need for Weis long term. So he bolted the NFL, probably for good, for a college job where some day he can be in total control.