Friday 12/31 Practice Report-Weis Update

From Arrowhead Stadium

The Chiefs went through their final regular-season practice on Friday, getting their workout done inside Arrowhead Stadium where they were a protected a bit from the strong north wind that started blowing in the last morning.

But then a strong wind started blowing out of the state of Florida. Reports by both ESPN and the Gainesville Sun newspaper say that offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is either a.) interested in becoming the offensive coordinator for the University of Florida, or b.) has already committed to the job with the Gators.

The reports came out of the blue as the Chiefs wrapped up preparation for Sunday’s regular season finale against the Raiders. Head coach Todd Haley said “it would be news to me” about Weis and Florida.

“I’m unaware of anything,” Haley said after Friday’s practice. “Charlie was out there coaching today and we are getting ready to beat the Oakland Raiders.”

Weis also spoke with the media after practice, but this was before the reports of his interest in the Florida job had surfaced. He speaks with the media just once a week, on the Friday before games.

Rumors have bubbled up all season about friction between Haley and Weis. Both have said there hasn’t been a problem between them. They first worked together and shared an office with the New York Jets in 1997-99. They are both stubborn and very good at what they do, so the idea that there are disagreements between the men isn’t a surprise.

Even if they were fighting, it hasn’t had much of an effect on the Chiefs offense, as the team is headed for its best season with the ball since 2005.

The work done at Friday’s practice was given a thumb’s up by Haley:

“It was a spirited practice and one of our better Friday practices of the season. The guys are excited about the chance to reach one of our goals. It was a good preparation week.”

Haley continued to insist that the Chiefs will work to beat the Raiders on Sunday rather than prepare for the playoffs and possibly rest players.

“This is a dangerous team and in all three phases we have to be at our best to have a chance to get it to go the way we want it to go,” Haley said.

The only player not practicing was DB Donald Washington, who is still dealing with the left ankle/foot problem. He will be one of the eight game-day inactive players that will be named on Sunday. Washington is listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report to the league.

On the Raiders injury report it came down like this:

  • Questionable – RB Darren McFadden (toe), DT Richard Seymour (hamstring), WR Johnnie Lee Higgins (ankle), WR Nick Miller (ankle) and OT Langston Walker (concussion).
  • Probable – CBs Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle) and Chris Johnson (groin), OT Mario Henderson (ankle), TE Zach Miller (foot) and S Mike Mitchell (shoulder).

The Raiders reported that McFadden and Seymour did not practice on Friday, making it three days in a row where they weren’t part of the team’s preparation.

9 Responses to “Friday 12/31 Practice Report-Weis Update”

  • December 31, 2010  - el cid says:

    TV is reporting Weis has been offered the job but that he would finish the season with the Chiefs. I do not get it. He gets tons of credit with his work with the Chiefs but his college resume is not all that great. Why would he want the recruiting hassle?

    Maybe the Haley/Weis/Crennel combo was not working for him. But only one year, come on. The ride has been good no matter how it turns out.

  • December 31, 2010  - el cid says:

    PS Wish Weis well either way. But it may hurt the developement of Cassel big time. He is a different guy since working with Weis and to throw a “new” OC, into the mix, is not a positive. Gosh forbid, Haley wants those duties back. Then we have free agency and the draft with a possible OC who does not know anything about the team, Brrrrr, sounds ugly to me. Also, this years is heavy in college WR talent. Weis’ view of the offense would be invaluable for the Chief’s future.

  • December 31, 2010  - Graig says:

    Isn’t that a demotion? I wouldn’t think he’s in line for that.
    Maybe he’ll be setting himself up to be UF’s head coach in the near future.
    Regardless, I hate to see a change in this year’s coaching staff!

  • December 31, 2010  - Edward says:

    Looks like josh Mcdaniels wiil be the new OC next year. Don’t see Haley running offense again.

  • December 31, 2010  - Randy says:

    Maybe with Weiss’ health issues he needs a job with a lighter workload? I really can’t see this as a good career move. I also have a hard time seeing us pursuing Josh McDaniels after the little handshake issue this year. That’s not to say he wouldn’t be good working with our offense.

  • December 31, 2010  - Randy says:

    Another serious issue to consider here is the possibility of a lockout and what it would dingo this team if they have to get a new OC. Let’s say there is no labor agreement until late August. That gives a new staff no time to install a new offense. That could be real tough to start a seaon. Just another angle to ponder.

  • December 31, 2010  - cychief24 says:

    Weis walked away from ND with $10 mil. Hard to believe he would go to the Snake Eastern Conference for money. Definitely a step down to the Minors.
    This just doesn’t make any sense for Weis.

    If he does leave I trust Pioli and Haley to find a good OC and QB coach(es). Mangini may be available. I could see Haley putting the film cheating controversy behind and working with Joshie if he was the best fit. Joshie is a very good OC/QB coach, just not near ready to be HC.

  • December 31, 2010  - el cid says:

    Looks like the offense will suffer getting used to a new OC, if it happens.

    Sure would like to be a fly at Arrowhead. Haley is quoted as saying he did not know Weis was being considered. Might sour their relationship as Weis should have notified the Chiefs before it made it to tv. Don’t you normally owe that to your boss? Does Haley let Weis finish the season?

    Still think Harbough of Stanford should be considered, if interested. How about some names from anyone? No thanks to McDaniels.

  • January 1, 2011  - Michael says:

    If the OC is in place before the draft, it shouldn’t be that difficult of a transition. It’s not like they’re going to bring in someone with a completely different philosophy.

    Isn’t Weiss under contract? What’s the situation with that?

    Harbough would be interesting, but I don’t know how his ideas mesh with Haley’s. Mcdaniels would be good, and makes sense. I’m sure there are many, many more, though. The Parcells, Patriots, Steeelers coaching tree is quite large.

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