Weis on Brantley: “If I had a couple of more years with the kid…”

Of course:

“I think John’s going to have an opportunity to play on Sundays,” Weis said. “I think he’d be a good, reliable back-up quarterback at this point. I think he’s better than some of the back-up quarterbacks that are in the NFL right now.

If I had a couple more years with the kid, I think he’d even be that much better. But I do believe that at least we put him in a position to be competitive on the next level, where he’ll get himself an opportunity and then it’ll be what he does with it once he gets there.”

[Emphasis added]

[HT: Saturday Down South]


More Weis to Kansas Thoughts

A couple of days ago I posted on the strangeness of the Charlie Weis to Kansas deal.  It seem really cold and unusual for someone to make the decision to uproot their family – especially considering what Weis has told us about his family, in less than a 12 hour period.  That just doesn’t make sense to me.

Then later, I stumbled across this tweet from Yahoo’s Charles Robinson:

The above tweet is among many made by Robinson on the day the Kansas City Chiefs fired Todd Haley.  In a nutshell, Robinson indicated Haley and Weis had a running argument about the potential of Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassell, with Haley being in Cassell’s corner and Weis not so much.  According to Robinson, Weis washed his hands of Cassell and Haley took him under his wing.

When Cassell flourished last year, Weis re-emerged to take credit for Cassell’s development and Haley hit the ceiling.

So this little nugget from Robinson, if true, gives a ton of insight into Weis’ move to Florida before the the 2011 season.  Robinson doesn’t say Weis was forced out, but I’m sure he definitely wasn’t welcomed any longer in Kansas City.

So did Weis use the Florida gig as a great opportunity to get away from Haley?  It kind of sounds that way to me.

Could it be that Weis made a bad move to Florida due to his haste to leave KC and then jumped at the first opportunity to leave Gainesville?  It’s beginning to sound less and less like a stretch.

Weis-Speak Puzzling

The decision by the University of Kansas to hire Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis as its head football coach came out of the blue last week to most of the college football world.  Heck, it sounds like even Gator head coach Will Muschamp got surprised as well.

Personally, I don’t really care who Kansas hires as their coach, but there was one thing that did cause me to ponder this hire: another coaching family gets tossed under the bus.

According to reports, the Weis-to-Kansas transaction went down quickly:

In an exclusive interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Weis described a whirlwind Thursday that started with a phone call from Kansas officials and Weis accepting the job less than 12 hours later.

“At the end of the day, the job that they laid in front of me was a job that anyone with really common sense in my position would take,” Weis said. “It was a very sound presentation and it was a very, very, very good job offer that our family collectively said was just too good to pass up.”

Weis said Kansas officials called Thursday morning to ask Florida coach Will Muschamp for permission to speak to Weis. By noon, athletic director Sheahon Zenger had flown down to Ocala. KU chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and other school officials became involved by the afternoon, and Weis accepted the job after five hours of discussion.

Weis would not discuss details of his contract but said it allowed him to have his family in two places. Weis’ wife, Maura, will remain in Ocala with their daughter, Hannah, who has special needs. His son, Charlie Jr., will transfer to Kansas and enroll there in January.

Since he was hired at Florida in January, Weis pointed to his family as the reason why. His son was a student assistant in the football program, and his wife is a horse enthusiast who found an ideal place to live in Ocala.

Compare the previous passage to Weis’ reasons for heading to Florida in the first place:

Weis, who was hired as Florida’s offensive coordinator in January by new Gators coach Will Muschamp, said he didn’t want his family split up across the country while he continued to coach in the NFL.

Weis’ son, Charlie Weis Jr., is enrolling in classes at Florida this year and will be involved in the football program as a student assistant. Weis Jr. will graduate from a high school in Kansas City in May.

Weis’ wife, Maura, will split time between the family’s new horse farm in Ocala, Fla., and their home in South Bend, Ind. Weis’ daughter, Hannah, who is autistic, will attend specialized schools in both Florida and Indiana.

“I really didn’t want to have my family in three sites,” Weis said. “My family is the most important thing to me. It just didn’t make sense.”

Weis has never worked with Muschamp, who previously worked as Texas’ defensive coordinator and had been named Longhorns coach Mack Brown’s eventual successor.

“I didn’t know Will; only through Mack,” Weis said. “We’d never spoke.”

This deal seems really strange.  Weis moves to Florida so his family won’t be split-up across the country and then decides in less than 12 hours to split up his family across the country.

The only possibility that makes this seem half way rational is that Weis was miserable at Florida and had prepared the family that he was hitting the exit button at Florida as soon as he could.

Or, perhaps he totally over sold the family angle to explain leaving an NFL coordinator spot for a position in college football – to work for a person whom he had never met.




Perkins to Weis Offensive Connection

The Tuscaloosa News’ Tommy Deas has an article up today on both TideSports.com and GatorSports.com.  Topic of the article aside, this is the kind of sports writing that separates the real deals from the wannabes.  And Deas is the real deal.

The article?  Well, it traces the Florida Gator’s Charlie Weis-led offensive all the way back to Bama’s own Ray Perkins.

Perkins began working as a New England Patriots offensive assistant in 1974.  After leaving the Patriots, Perkins made a stopover in San Diego (1978) as the Chargers’ offensive coordinator, and then became head coach of the New York Giants in 1979:

“When I first went to New England in ’74, we spent four years fine-tuning and modifying, if you will, some of the same type offensive plays that I used when I played,” Perkins said. “But the playbook that I would eventually use and introduce in New York was the offensive playbook that we put together in New England.”

Of course, Perkins became Bama’s head man in 1983 and lasted for four seasons before leaving for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he compiled a 19-41 record before being fired during the 1990 season.  Perkins was out of football in 1991, took the head job at Arkansas State in 1992, but was back in the NFL again in 1993 as an assistant for Bill Parcells with the Patriots.  That’s where the playbook story picks back up:

That same playbook, which Perkins estimates is 3 1/2 to 4 inches thick, would be utilized by Weis when he was hired as offensive coordinator in New England in 2000. Perkins came back to New England as offensive coordinator in the mid 1990s, where Weis was also an assistant.

“Parcells was the head coach, Weis was the running backs coach and I was offensive coordinator,” Perkins said. “We were using basically the same playbook.

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