Charlie’s Bye-Bye Is Official

From Arrowhead Stadium

Rumor became fact on Sunday when the announcement came that Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis was leaving to accept the same position with the University of Florida.

The man who made the announcement was Chiefs head coach Todd Haley.

“Charlie Weis is moving on,” Haley said after the game. “This is a bittersweet deal for me, because Charlie is a guy that I was really excited about having in here. Charlie has been a big part of what we’ve done this year. He’s going to continue to be a big part of what we do this year. Charlie is a professional. He’s been through a similar situation a few years ago where there were some potential distractions that could have been distractions. He did his job to the fullest and helped his team win a Super Bowl. I have the utmost confidence that’s what we’ll go on doing.”

That would have been the 2004 season, when Weis was named head coach at Notre Dame, while still serving as offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots. Weis kept on coaching the Pats and they went all the way to a Super Bowl victory.

In this case, he’s not leaving to be head coach, but offensive coordinator. He will be formally introduced on Monday by Florida, but he will continue to coach with the Chiefs until their run in the playoffs comes to an end.

The way Haley was selling the news the decision had everything to do with family considerations for Weis. That would be the presence of his only son Charlie , who will graduate from high school this spring here in Kansas City and will then enroll at the University of Florida where he will work in the football office for new Gators head man Will Muschamp.

“Charlie is a family guy, he has a situation where he can go to Florida and be with his son, who is going to get into coaching,” said Haley. “This is a great situation for Charlie and I respect it 100 percent.

“I was able to work a bunch of years with my father and it’s time I cherish. I understand it. The guy got an opportunity to spend time with his family in a world where you don’t know how much time you have. One of us could go tomorrow.”

The preparation week was over for the Chiefs before news of Weis’ potential departure became public. How much did that effect what happened on Sunday against the Raiders?

“I don’t think it was a distraction for us this week,” said QB Matt Cassel. “We had a great week of practice. Unfortunately we came out and it didn’t go the way we wanted it to today.”

Coincidentally or not, the offense turned in a poor performance against the Raiders, putting just one touchdown on the board and gaining just 201 yards in offense. Cassel and Tyler Palko who came in to clean up late in the game, were sacked seven times. Cassel threw a pair of interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown. It was ugly.

“His situation had nothing to do with the way we played or what happened today,” said RG Ryan Lilja. “We did not play well. Charlie wasn’t on the field. He wasn’t the one losing the one-on-one battles. That was us.”

The head coach agreed.

“I would not put anything to do with this performance on Charlie,” Haley said. “Each and every week brings a number of things that come up. Our team has to be focused. Our coaching staff is the best in the league and is the best at handling whatever is going on.

“We did not come out here and play the way we had to play to have a chance. That’s a good team (Oakland). We knew It was a good team we were playing. They can run, they can hurt you down the field, they play disruptive defense and we just did not get the job done. That falls on everybody’s shoulders.”

10 Responses to “Charlie’s Bye-Bye Is Official”

  • January 2, 2011  - lyle says:

    Why are we making excuses for Weiss. IMO this was the worst game of play calling I’ve seen from Weiss……period. It’s clear that we can’t protect Cassel, and then we even leave him exposed with an empty backfield? Where were the quick pass plays to get the ball out of Cassel’s hands? Even if they weren’t successful, it would have kept him from getting pounded so many times. I just don’t think that the adjustments were there that should have been.

  • January 2, 2011  - MEDennis34 says:

    Because of PR reasons, no one is going to say what they feel to be true: WEIS IS SELFISH AND UNPROFESSIONAL!

    You want to make a statement by taking your ego – and you pail and your shovel – and leaving for a “better” sandbox than fine, but do it with some dignity. No matter how many pi$$ing contests you presumably lost with Haley, does not give you the right to disrupt a playoff bound team; not to mention a young playoff bound team.

    I believe it to be a sign of growth and maturity on the part of the players accepting responsibility for the bad play and I commend them, however, players do not put themselves in position to play bad, coaches do. Vanilla game-planning, inability to make adjustments, and dreaming about the Florida sun has nullified a perfect season at the new Arrowhead as well as killing all the momentum going into the playoffs. Your right Bob, time for some goldfish memory; forget and move on.

    So Charlie, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

    GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • January 2, 2011  - Edward says:

    Dennis got to agree with you. Why does it have to come out now. Why does an official annoucnment has to come now. He could have easily did like Haley did when he was in Arizona as OC and just said he want talk about changing jobs until the team season is over. Sure it was rumors that Haley might be a choice for Chiefs head coaching job but nothing concrete came until Cards season was over. On the other hand Chalie was expected to make an official annoucement Monday.

  • January 2, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    We’ll never know how the Chiefs would have played had this issue never surfaced. We do know that no one would ever have scripted it. That being said, all is forgiven if the Chiefs win next week.

    The other distractions were the Chiefs making the playoffs and the Pro-Bowl selections and non-selections. The Chiefs lost their focus and we’ll never know why.

  • January 2, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Weis is an offensive genius. But he has zero integrity. He’ll fit in very well in the Snake Eastern Conference.

  • January 3, 2011  - Raiders Crush Chiefs 31-10; Ravens Up Next | Chiefs Football at says:

    [...] SIDEBAR 1: Charlie is a goner. [...]

  • January 3, 2011  - Milkman says:

    Is it just me, or did anybody else think the Chiefs looked flat from the start? I tried but couldn’t see any intensity from the first kick-off. The Raiders also looked flat at the start but came out of it in the second half. It worries me that we seem to lose our momentum in the worst way after big victories. (The Broncos, Chargers, and now the Raiders). Maybe it’s a sign of an immature team. We’d better hope they grow up in a hurry. They’re ALL big games now.

  • January 3, 2011  - Craig says:

    This scenario with the coach is bad for the team at this time of the season and showed on the field. This was poor timing on weis’s part. He can be sure others around the league will take notice. I dont know the inside skinny but he comes out in bad light no matter what he says. This is terribly disruptive to the team. If the chiefs win next week all will be forgoten but otherwise weis will take the blame.

  • January 3, 2011  - gorillafan says:

    I dont think yesterday had anything to do with Weis, but it does cross your mind. I was pissed off at first, than I started thinking and talked to some friends about it. I dont know if its all that bad he is leaving. Now, Romeo leaving I think would put us in a worse situation. Weis, IMO, didnt show his mastermind game plans like I thought I would see. regardless, I think there are alot of O coord. out there, so Im not worried too much.

  • January 4, 2011  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    I agree with Dennis. I thought Weis would stay at about 2 years, not less than one. Bye Charlie.

    Overall, it was a disappointment to lose to the Raiders, especially when we were honoring Marty. But 10-6 and AFC West Champs is far and above what my prediction was — the hope for 8-8.

    Tenand6 — perfect prediction my friend.

    Go CHIEFS!

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