Tuesday, September 18, 2012
What's going on at Kansas?
By David Ubben
Kansas is 1-2 after three weeks and heads to Northern Illinois, and Grantland freelance contributor Michael Bertin took a look at the damage in Lawrence.
Bertin says Weis is simply not a good college coach, and points to a second reason for KU's issues.
The reason, he says: Quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus.
In 2007, Weis hired Powlus as his quarterback coach. Over the next three seasons Notre Dame went 16-21, including that 3-9 season in his first year. When the entire staff was sent walking with the hiring of Brian Kelly, Powlus and Weis went separate ways for a couple of years.
Weis first went back to the NFL as offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs (and remember, it was as an NFL offensive coordinator that Weis picked up his three Super Bowl rings). With Weis, the Chiefs led the league in rushing, were plus-6 in wins over the previous season, and won the AFC West. That’ll get you job security in the NFL. (The next year Weis went to the University of Florida to be offensive coordinator for Will Muschamp. They were only the fifth-best college football offense in the state of Florida. So let’s keep that out of the discussion for now.)
Comparing Weis' NFL experience and NCAA is always an interesting exercise, but it still feels way, way too early to be casting any big judgments on the Weis Era at Kansas.
The defense is already better, even if the offense has been a little bit disappointing.
The loss to Rice is inexcusable, but even on Monday during the Big 12 coaches call, Weis implied that there's a talent gap between Kansas and some of the teams in the league.
He's right, and he's hitting the recruiting trail to try and fix it.
We'll see how the Weis era at Kansas ends up, but for now, give the man time.