The Kansas City Chiefs have hired veteran coach Charlie Weis as
offensive coordinator, the team announced Friday.
Weis will be entering his 32nd season in the coaching ranks and his 16th year in the National Football League. He has coached in five Super Bowls and owns four Super Bowl rings. Weis joins the Chiefs after a five-year stint as the head coach at the University of Notre Dame (2005-09), where he compiled a 35-27 record.
Weis inherits a Chiefs offense that made substantial strides over the final eight games of the year. Kansas City made marked improvement in over a dozen key statistical categories over the second half of the season, including total points, total offense, passing yards per game, rushing yards per game, third-down percentage and sacks allowed. Over that eight-game stretch, San Diego was the only AFC West squad to post more victories than the Chiefs.
Weis previously served as offensive coordinator for New England (2000-04). He also served as an assistant coach for the Patriots from '93-96. During his tenure with the Patriots, New England made four Super Bowl appearances and won three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX). Weis also spent three seasons with the N.Y. Jets ('97-99), where he worked with current Chiefs head coach Todd Haley as a member of Bill Parcells' staff. He served as offensive coordinator his final two years with the Jets and helped the club earn a berth in the '98 AFC Championship Game, one of six conference championship game appearances during his pro coaching career.
He originally entered the NFL coaching ranks as a defensive assistant/asst. special teams coach under Parcells with the N.Y. Giants in '90. The Giants would go on to a victory in Super Bowl XXV that season. Weis served as the Giants running backs coach in '91-92 before enjoying his first tour of duty with New England. He also coached on the collegiate level at South Carolina ('85-88). Before embarking on his NFL coaching career, the Trenton, New Jersey native served as head coach at Franklin Township (NJ) High School in '89. He also spent time working in the Giants pro personnel department that season. Weis began his coaching career at Boonton (NJ) High School in '79 before serving five seasons at Morristown (NJ) High School ('80-84). Weis is a graduate of Notre Dame and also owns a master's degree from South Carolina.
With Weis on board, this will allow Haley to take his hands off the offense so he can take a broader look at his team.
Weis is known for his development of New England QB Tom Brady. The hope is starting QB Matt Cassel can make a rapid development under Weis's tutelage.
The team has shown strong interest in veteran coach Romeo Crennel, a source said. It's not known, however, whether Crennel wants to still coach or which coaching position Kansas City is considering him for. Crennel is still owed over $6 million from the Cleveland Browns for the final two years of his contract with the team, Scout.com has confirmed. Crennel signed a two-year extension with the Browns after the 2007 season, but was fired a year later.
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