Chiefs Stay In-house For O.C. – Bill Muir

The long awaited decision on who will be the Chiefs offensive coordinator for the 2011 season was finally announced on Thursday, 25 days after the season ended.

After what he called a thorough search externally and internally, head coach Todd Haley handed the title to one of the most familiar faces in his football world – Bill Muir.

The Chiefs offensive line coach for the past two seasons, Muir will now carry the title of offensive coordinator/offensive line coach. The 68-year old Muir becomes the fourth man to hold the title offensive coordinator in the 24 months that Haley has been the team’s head coach – Chan Gailey (fired), Haley (fired), Charlie Weis (left) and now Muir.

So why will it work this time when it didn’t work with Gailey and Weis, even Haley himself? “I went through a very thorough process of looking internally and externally, trying to find the right guy,” Haley said. “The key thing was to get it right and I think we’ve got it right with Bill Muir.”

The bigger question was who will call the plays on game day? Who will be the triggerman? Haley said he did not have a decision on those duties.

“We are not there yet,” said Haley said about how the offensive system will play out from game plan to play calling. “I think really good play calling is the result of a staff that works well together and in harmony so to speak and is on the same page. It’s not been determined at this time.”

Muir joined the Chiefs and Haley’s first coaching staff in 2009 after spending seven seasons in Tampa Bay where he was the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for Jon Gruden.

“On offense I have not been the direct signal caller,” Muir said. “At Tampa, Jon was the signal caller. We were a collaboration. I would say most of the passing game was his and the running game was mine. I know there is a big hang up about who calls the plays. But most important part is to get it right.

Being correct is good, but doesn’t somebody have to be the triggerman to make it all come together?

“Football in the NFL is really a situational game,” said Muir. “To prepare for it during the course of the week, not one person can encompass all of the situations. Quite often during the game when you come to one of those situations, the signal caller is going to that person who handle preparation and researched the red zone, short yardage, goal line, obvious blitz situations.”

Haley and Muir have spent nine years working together, including the last two with the Chiefs. Before that, they spent seven years working for the New York Jets at the same time. The coming season will be the 34th of Muir’s NFL career and his 47th in coaching or personnel on the college and pro levels.

“We’ve made great strides in the two years that we’ve been here and while I will not make any bold predictions and I don’t have a crystal ball, but I feel confident I can help our offense move forward in the coming year.”

26 Responses to “Chiefs Stay In-house For O.C. – Bill Muir”

  • February 3, 2011  - gorillafan says:

    HmmmmmM, I didnt see this as an option. Not sure what I think about it. It does put more pressure and blame/fame on Haley. I may like the decision, but Haleys first year with calling plays has me questioning the decision. But he proved to be a good play caller in the past, so I guess I will have faith in this decision, but im kinda scared.

  • February 3, 2011  - el cid says:

    If this is what Haley needs, got to go along. Would be interesting to know if anyone else was considered (as in out of house), betting no one.

    Still this move is what gorillafan say, make or break Haley. Not a job ender but a definite leash shortener.

  • February 3, 2011  - ed says:

    Love the move makes sense all the way around. Now we got to find QB coach

  • February 3, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Jim Zorn may be too big a name for QB coach, but I hope he’s considered for the position.

    I really hope Todd Haley is more involved in the play calling. It would help our offense. My impression is we weren’t as creative this year as the year before, although the results were very good. Haley is a very smart and creative guy. Limiting his input holds us back, IMHO.

  • February 3, 2011  - MarkInTexas says:

    Agree completely, el cid. Todd has pushed his chips “all in”. No offense to Bill Muir, who has a proud career, but Todd has now accepted full responsibility for this offense. I am rooting for him, but if things don’t go well on offense, his leash is short.

  • February 3, 2011  - George says:

    Bill Muir is another knowledgeable NFL person to state the Chiefs and Haley are building this organization the right way. I’m not that knowledgeable, just a fan. But, I’m seeing evidence from our play this year that these NFL experts seem to be on to something.

    The Chiefs think maintaining continuity is important to continue being successful and elevating Bill will help accomplish this. They are very secretive about who they have researched, discussed and talked to and who may also be joining the team. So, I’ll have to take their word that they are doing a through job to get the offensive staff adjusted to improve offensive play for the coming season.

    Bob what are your thoughts on this. Do you think the Chiefs are building the football side of the organization the right way?

  • February 3, 2011  - MEDennis34 says:

    IMHO,it will come down to the overall ego check between the two of them. If the play calling is fluid (so to speak) and all have input, then not one person can get there feelings hurt (wise) when a decision is made. Frankly, I would prefer a more delineated line as to avoid pouting and tantrum throwing during game day. One of my top pet-peeves is wasting a time-out because a play call can’t be made.

    Otherwise; MAZEL TOV, let the off-season begin.

  • February 3, 2011  - SG says:

    I have two questions:

    1) what is Muir’s position on the Thom Jones deal?

    2) will this be a slight chnage from the run-run-pass-punt philosophy to the run-run-run-punt approach?

    My opinion: not impressed at all. Coach Haley better negotiate a serious pay raise for Coach Crennel and keep him on staff or he (Haley) won’t be around past 2011-2012.

  • February 3, 2011  - Tim says:

    I believe that in the end, another offensive coach will be hired – one that fits Haley’s definition of “really understanding the passing game”. Once that person is on board, I believe Muir & that person will build the game plan – Muir will have primary responsibility for the ground game & the other person will have primary responsible for the passing game. Haley will call the plays himself unless he’s comfortable with the other person running the passing game IF that person has been a play-caller before.

  • February 3, 2011  - ED says:

    LOL people questioning how short the leash is on Haley. Really come on guys didn’t matter who would call plays in 2009 with that o-line and receving core the offense wasn’t going to do much. Not to mention having Larry Johnson running the ball early on in the yr. IF Haley calls the plays like in Arizona he’ll be successful. But like any good head coach or offensive play caller he’s going to need the weapons. We’ll have to upgrade the receving core and retool the o-line. Expect this year’s draft and free agency to be geared toward retooling the offense. Haley will be fine if he calls plays. Muir will help with gameplan like he did in Tampa and hopefully will find a good QB coach for Cassel. Its all about the coaching staff working as a cohesive unit. If they can do that which they will and get some playmakers and some big rugged tough young olinemen this offense will make the next step.

  • February 3, 2011  - SG says:

    “The 68-year old Muir”

    Does this guy carry health insurance? At age 68, seems to be something that will create more pressure and stress on anyone, much less somebody working for someone as intense as Haley obviously is.

  • February 3, 2011  - el cid says:

    Just a couple of things. Wow, Tim, talk about a left hand turn. Where did all that come from? You been talking to Haley on the side?

    We need this to work. If it fails, Haley has taken a major step toward leaving. DID NOT SAY FIRED but on a shorter leash of his own making. No matter what players are here or where the team stands on the rebuild, Mr Pioli will not just poo poo Haley being in charge of the team, play calling, and OC with Muir being OL coach and OC. It does not read right. That is the leash I refer to. If the HC cannot put his staff together, that is a negative.

  • February 3, 2011  - L says:

    Damn this means more 4 & 2 reverse run plays.

    I’d like to see us go after Jim Zorn but he would probably be to vocal about things and not do exactly what Haley says.

  • February 3, 2011  - SG says:

    What’s the chances we wanted to talk to someone with GB or PIT but were declined permission to approach after the SB?

  • February 3, 2011  - el cid says:

    Legit question but does it fit with how you view the Haley system? I feel Haley is comfortable with his controlling the offensive side of the ball. What coach on GB or PIT, would fit into the Haley’s way or the highway concept? Muir is the better fit for now.

  • February 4, 2011  - Butler Go CHIEFS Go says:

    Go TODD Go

  • February 4, 2011  - Tim says:

    I’m not sure who all else is really available that would fit the profile of an “all in one” guy. All along, there seemed to only be a name or two. As Pioli has said before about acquiring players: they have to be available for the opportunity to arise to get them. This doesn’t seem to be a bad alternative under the circumstances IF we can get a decent qb coach.

  • February 4, 2011  - RW says:

    My sense tells me this is another micro managing move by Haley and that Muir will be the OC in name only. Look at recent history as an indicator.

    Haley had Chan Gailey but Gailey was perhaps too much a believer in his own system, too much his own man? He gone. Then Weis. Same story. He gone.

    I’m not getting a good vibe with Haley’s tactics.

  • February 4, 2011  - el cid says:

    My only concern is what happens if Haley, during a game, blow a review/timeout/whatever because he is focussing on the next offensive series. HC have to monitor every aspect during a game and I fear we could be shortchanged by Haley’s own design. Other than that Muir is a good fit.

  • February 4, 2011  - Balco says:

    Was one year with Weis enough to keep Cassel efficient? The looming lockout is effecting more than most people realize. This was an inexpensive decision to make.

    Regardless, our Chiefs will be 8-8 or 9-7 next season through that schedule, borderline playoff team. That is, if the games are played.

  • February 4, 2011  - Tim says:

    el cid…your concerns are certainly valid, but there are other head coaches that call plays. They have the same vulnerabilities.

    I believe the right guy(s) just aren’t available for him to make a move he’s comfortable with. I realize there is the Haley a pain in the ass stuff is out there, but who else could he have tried to get? I’d be interested in hearing other peoples’ ideas…

    With our schedule next season, its very likely we could be a better team with a lesser record. I’m sure people would point to this OC thing as opposed to being aware of the reality of the more difficult schedule…

  • February 4, 2011  - SG says:

    Tim, why does the schedule argument work in our favor for 2011 but not to explain the improvement for 2010? Not saying you’re making it but asking you to address this pattern of thought from us fans?

  • February 4, 2011  - Tim says:


    I believe you are right…the weakness of our schedule did allow us to appear better than we, perhaps,actually were – relative to the top tier teams. This is the beauty of the NFL though with how the schedule rotates divisions, etc. each year. That combined with player movement via salary cap & you have many surprises. That’s certainly not to say we weren’t a MUCH improved team. I believe we clearly were. Will this past year give our young team the confidence to take another step in what appears to be a MUCH more difficult schedule? Only time will tell. We still have many holes to fill & we’re a young team. I for one am excited to watch it play out.

  • February 5, 2011  - Jason says:

    They should have fired Haley and made Weis HC. Haley is not Sean Payton or McCarthy he has only one year playcalling unlike them. Plus he had a Hall of Fame QB and the 2 best WR’s in the League.

  • February 5, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    LOL at several of these silly comments. Just how short of a “leash” do some of you “experts” think a Division Champion Head Coach should have.

  • February 5, 2011  - SG says:


    It’ll be great to see this team more. I hope I am wrong about this Muir pick. I would love Nothing more than to see Sharpe and Marino cough up their breakfast burritos and have to say KC is a legit team in 2011.

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