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Belichick says Weis isn't "on the front burner"

With rumors and speculation swirling that former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis will retreat to New England and rejoin a coaching staff that based on Monday night’s performance in New Orleans needs all the help it can get, Patriots coach Bill Belichick says that there’s no current move to bring Weis back.

“Right now my focus is on the Miami Dolphins, and getting ready to go down there and play a tough division game on the road,” Belichick said Tuesday, per Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.  “That’s where I’m at right now.  There are going to be situations like that — there have been every year — where things happen on other teams and on other coaching staffs or player rumors and so forth.  Anything along that nature is something that would be addressed at a later point in time.  It’s not anything that is on the front burner at all.”

The fact that Belichick, a defensive specialist, did not appoint an offensive coorindator after Josh McDaniels left for Denver has caused some (i.e., us) to wonder whether the spot is being held for Weis in 2010.

Still, given the team’s performance in 2009, the Patriots should get him back in the fold as soon as possible.  If a guy who spent five years not coaching football at all can help the Redskins, a guy who has been grinding at the game every day surely could assist the franchise with which he won three Super Bowls.

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40 Responses to “Belichick says Weis isn't "on the front burner"”
  1. leatherneck says: Dec 1, 2009 10:52 PM

    The Patriots are just trying to win a road game in America.

  2. BostonISaChraphole says: Dec 1, 2009 10:52 PM

    Charlie will only come back if the cameras do too.

  3. Sporkdevil says: Dec 1, 2009 10:56 PM

    Why even quote Belicheck?
    He says the same thing every week:
    Q: Do you have anything to say about the pending murder charges against you?
    A: I’m just focused on beating some garbage team on Sunday.

  4. The Notorious V.I.C. says: Dec 1, 2009 11:04 PM

    Seems like a no-brainer to me. I don’t see why they wouldn’t reunite.

  5. gregoriorossini says: Dec 1, 2009 11:04 PM

    A half-wit moron could have helped the Redskins… They couldn’t get any worse offensively, unless they went the way of the Browns….

  6. Red says: Dec 1, 2009 11:14 PM

    Except the Pats problems are on defense. Maybe Belichick should replace himself.

  7. Living_Legend says: Dec 1, 2009 11:16 PM

    He’ll do it for a few cheeseburgers, no-brainer.

  8. mvlonergan says: Dec 1, 2009 11:23 PM

    Belichick did the same thing with McDaniels after Weis left. Not naming an offensive coordinator has nothing to do with holding the title open for someone. Try doing some researching into a team’s track record with coaching hires before talking out your rear end, Florio.

  9. Brewster says: Dec 1, 2009 11:27 PM

    Yeah bring him back asap.
    He did such a good job at ND.

  10. scrapdawg12 says: Dec 1, 2009 11:29 PM

    Its going to be a lovely January watching Belicheat lose in the Playoffs. I cannot wait.

  11. PornFlorio says: Dec 1, 2009 11:30 PM

    BostonISaChraphole says:
    December 1, 2009 10:52 PM
    Charlie will only come back if the cameras do too.
    _________
    Best (and most accurate) comment of the day! LMAO!!!!!
    Looks like Weis couldn’t win without the cameras at Notre Dame either.

  12. PervyHarvin says: Dec 1, 2009 11:32 PM

    Stick a fork in the once relevant Patriots. Nobody cares now,not even the Midwest.

  13. SmackMyVickUp says: Dec 1, 2009 11:37 PM

    No reason to bring him in mid season.
    Pats have looked good at times this season, Saints were just a better team.

  14. Eem says: Dec 1, 2009 11:42 PM

    I can’t be the only person who glanced at this headline and saw “front-butt.”

  15. jtownflood says: Dec 1, 2009 11:43 PM

    The only reason Belichick didn’t name an offensive coordinator is so that other teams cannot hire the “offensive coordinator” away from the organization. Didn’t Belichick pull the same thing a few years back with the D-coordinator?

  16. Desertman says: Dec 1, 2009 11:57 PM

    The dismissal of Weis @ NDU shows everyone exactly the deep pockets of college football.
    WEIS got at least $18 – he may have settle for less up front (time value of money considered) but that was the only concession from WEIS.
    Then, factor into this the next coach is going to get around $3M minimum to accept this job
    Deep pockets indeed – and the A.D. did not even blink about spending that kind of DOUGH in the ‘NEW ECONOMY”

  17. DTHOMAS58HOF says: Dec 2, 2009 12:02 AM

    Who cares about what he did at ND, that doesnt mean he cant be a good OC again! He could and might go be an OC again. But i believe he has health issues so well see

  18. Meat Tuperello says: Dec 2, 2009 12:10 AM

    Go eat a salad Charlie… Take some time off and then go with your boy Quinn in Cleveland.

  19. Richm2256 says: Dec 2, 2009 12:33 AM

    scrapdawg12 says:
    Its going to be a lovely January watching Belicheat lose in the Playoffs. I cannot wait.
    They’re going to win this weak-a$$ dividion, which means that yes, they will be playing in January….. something a lot of teams WON’T be doing.

  20. Blarch says: Dec 2, 2009 12:53 AM

    Yes Florio, congratulations on your in depth research into a public interview. Your analysis is once again stunning. All the best teams hire OC’s at this point in the season, clearly the Pats fail again here.
    You are correct though, they do need a real OC. O’Brian is not cutting it, and the babysitting that Belichick has to do is distracting him from how much Dean Pees sucks.

  21. notsosmart says: Dec 2, 2009 1:57 AM

    In this case, Belichick will do whatever the owner tells him to do.

  22. nfcbeast says: Dec 2, 2009 3:39 AM

    The next thing i see Weiss doing is gonna be coaching people on how to get the most out of the Golden Corral buffet.
    I can see him standing with his blue tooth in one ear and the other ear on the kitchen door waiting to hear when the new fried chicken is being brought out. All the while giving pointers on how to “tackle” everything…Weiss is a piece of shizz.
    Belichickaroonie can keep losing just fine without Weiss.

  23. Michael LaRocca says: Dec 2, 2009 4:49 AM

    Belichick also says LaRocca isn’t on the front burner for coorinator.
    (No, I’m not an illiterate North Carolinian. I’m quoting Florio, my hero.)

  24. trickbunny says: Dec 2, 2009 5:22 AM

    Reunited and it feels so average…

  25. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Dec 2, 2009 5:46 AM

    Belichick did not name an OC when Weis left either. That one year he had a young coach who he was training to be the OC: Josh McDaniels. Perhaps he was training/testing O’Brien.
    I think he does it to protect the young coaches from media scrutiny or perhaps to test their capabilities.
    That being said, this team needs Weis. The lack of an OC was evident the other night in the absence of offensive adjustments to what NO was doing defensively. Also, my team hasn’t won the SB w/o Weis.

  26. crunchtyme says: Dec 2, 2009 6:41 AM

    coach cheater is to busy trying not to go for it on 4th down all the time, but that EGO he has won’t let em. if he did contact chubby weis, it was only to ask him where he hid the video tapes!!!!!!!

  27. firesnake says: Dec 2, 2009 6:57 AM

    After Weis left, McDaniels did not bear the title Offensive Coordinator for his first season calling the plays … you see how that worked out.
    Just compare 2007 Pats to the 2009 Pats, and you will notice that the primary difference is McDaniels. Bill O’Brien needs some more experience, but he will be much better the next seasons.
    @jtownflood: Any coach, no matter what his title is, can only interview for a HC gig somewhere else while under contract. The title does not matter, and putting such Belicheat-hater-comments up here does not help either.
    @Red: One major problem against the Saints was that the OL wasn’t healthy.

  28. mike01 says: Dec 2, 2009 6:57 AM

    My thought is Belichick and Weis made a deal weeks ago. Weis had to know ND was going to let him go two game prior to their loss on Saturday. Belichick is not talking because its a deal and he doesn’t have to think about it any more.

  29. mansers says: Dec 2, 2009 7:06 AM

    SAME OLD _ _ _ _ FROM BELECHEAT

  30. pubobby2004 says: Dec 2, 2009 7:37 AM

    they should bring him back. they haven’t won anything since he left… (cue someone referring to 16-0) (it was actually 18-1)

  31. shamalamadingdong says: Dec 2, 2009 8:25 AM

    As much as I would like to see Weis back on the Patriots sideline, I think it’s highly unlikely. I think he commands a salary in the 2-3 million range when all is said and done. In the past the Patriots organization has shown a reluctance to pay top dollar to assistants. Unfortunately.
    By the way, since the Patriots are no longer relevant, does this mean fans of other teams will no longer spout their nonsense on the state of Patriot football. That would be great.

  32. stanjam says: Dec 2, 2009 8:36 AM

    I disagree that the Pats problems are on defense. They are just young, and it will take time for the unit to operate at full potential against better teams, like maybe next year.
    Their BIGGEST problem is in the play calling area. They are still too predictable. If I were Kraft or BB I would be calling Weiss non stop until he either agrees to be the OC or has me arrested for stalking. They need him, and they need him NOW.

  33. Filbertkiwi71 says: Dec 2, 2009 9:04 AM

    It isn’t strictly a coaching issue. It is a talent issue. The Patriots aren’t as talented as they used to be.
    The problem with rebuilding on the fly, is that the remaining talent they have left gets older and older.
    This all comes down to their ability to draft well.

  34. tv says: Dec 2, 2009 9:17 AM

    Like I said before, bring him back. The O got BETTER in NE after he left. So, bring him back, by all means!

  35. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Dec 2, 2009 9:21 AM

    Bill Parcells, Charlie Weis and Al Groh (The new trifecta) will be the most sought after package this offseason…even moreso than the two Mike’s (Shanahan, Holmgren).

  36. JaredSlansky says: Dec 2, 2009 9:24 AM

    Only if Charlie can film the other team and run crazy screen passes in the perfect spot to beat the forthcomming blitz…

  37. Florio-is-a-tool says: Dec 2, 2009 9:56 AM

    Wow guys – lot of wit from 3 years ago. Got any new material or are you loser types still as stale as month old bread?

  38. PornFlorio says: Dec 2, 2009 11:52 AM

    shamalamadingdong says:
    December 2, 2009 8:25 AM
    As much as I would like to see Weis back on the Patriots sideline, I think it’s highly unlikely. I think he commands a salary in the 2-3 million range when all is said and done. In the past the Patriots organization has shown a reluctance to pay top dollar to assistants. Unfortunately.
    By the way, since the Patriots are no longer relevant, does this mean fans of other teams will no longer spout their nonsense on the state of Patriot football. That would be great.
    ________
    Better yet…how about the lame ass Pats fans such as you, sucksalottadingdong, quit spouting YOUR collective nonsense here. That would be MORE than great. LMFAO!!!!

  39. shamalamadingdong says: Dec 2, 2009 1:13 PM

    PornFlorio says:
    December 2, 2009 11:52 AM
    shamalamadingdong says:
    December 2, 2009 8:25 AM
    As much as I would like to see Weis back on the Patriots sideline, I think it’s highly unlikely. I think he commands a salary in the 2-3 million range when all is said and done. In the past the Patriots organization has shown a reluctance to pay top dollar to assistants. Unfortunately.
    By the way, since the Patriots are no longer relevant, does this mean fans of other teams will no longer spout their nonsense on the state of Patriot football. That would be great.
    ________
    Better yet…how about the lame ass Pats fans such as you, sucksalottadingdong, quit spouting YOUR collective nonsense here. That would be MORE than great. LMFAO!!!!
    A lot of homosexual references in your posts Pornflorio (aka Cornflorio). What’s up with that?
    I’m certainly no psychiatrist, but it sure sounds like you’re fighting some dark internal conflict. Also your chronic use of LMFAO on every post? We get it. Your jolly and you’re not gay. Happy?

  40. texasPHINSfan says: Dec 2, 2009 2:00 PM

    isn’t there a clause that states if Weis finds employment, he’s not entitled to all of the monies currently being paid to him by ND?
    if that’s the case, why would Weis go to New England this year? If I were him I’d stay home now, collect the balance of that fat contract, stay unemployed, and find easy employment next year in the next cycle.
    I guess what no one is considering is what motivation does Weis have to go back to NE right now? None, as far as I can tell.

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