Weis can make Chiefs relevant again

January, 6, 2010
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For the second time in three days, the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense made huge progress.

Sunday, the Chiefs took a big step toward 2010 when they compiled 524 yards – including a team-record 259 rushing yards by Jamaal Charles – of offense in an upset win at Denver. Wednesday, the Chiefs continued progressing by agreeing to hire former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis to be the offensive coordinator. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen broke the story and expects the hiring to be official soon.

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Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesCharlie Weis should be an excellent fit for Kansas City.
I love this move. It’s the organization’s first home run since hiring Scott Pioli from New England last January, and this is Pioli’s first home run as general manager. Weis could make Matt Cassel great.

He could help make Kansas City relevant again.

Weis and Pioli were together during New England’s Super Bowl run. Weis was the offensive coordinator and the man behind the development of Tom Brady and the Patriots’ great offense. Weis also has a history with Chiefs’ coach Todd Haley. The two shared an office together while with the Jets several years ago.

Combine Weis’ history with Pioli, Haley and the Chiefs’ need for a dynamic offensive coordinator, and this seems like the perfect marriage.

Haley – who said his system is very similar to the one Weis used in New England – was the team’s offensive coordinator after he fired Herm Edwards holdover Chan Gailey shortly before the season started.

This move allows Haley to spend more time on the overall team. He puts his offense in great hands. No matter what you think of Weis’ days as a head coach in South Bend, he can coach offense. His success in New England wasn’t a fluke.

Kansas City has a chance to make instant progress offensively. Charles, who was terrific at the end for the season and finished with 1,120 rushing yards, looks like a developing star.

But Weis’ biggest task will be working with Cassel. This move was made with Cassel in mind, and he has to be thrilled.

He is a product of Weis’ offense. Cassel was drafted by New England right after Weis went to Notre Dame. But he was brought up in Weis’ system.

This will be a seamless transition for Cassel. Expect his second season in Kansas City to be much more productive than his first.

As long as Pioli gets some more offensive line and receiving help, this offense should be well on its way.

Expect Haley, who started to tinker with the staff earlier Wednesday, to be a better head coach with Weis. Haley said earlier Wednesday that he leans on Weis. Now, he can do it daily. Weis’ experience as a head coach will help the young Haley develop.

Kansas City was smart to jump on Weis. There was competition. Chicago and New England were also expected to consider hiring him.

None of those teams needed Weis more than the Chiefs. The Chiefs are light on star power, and Weis gives this franchise some panache.

It also wouldn’t be a surprise if the Chiefs try to reunite Weis with Romeo Crennel, who was the defensive coordinator in New England. Crennel still hasn’t decided if he wants to coach next season, but if he does, the Chiefs could be a possibility.

A Weis-Crennel pairing would be another strong move by this team. They got the first half right. There simply are no negatives about this hiring.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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