Chris Weinke becoming a quarterback guru

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Former Panthers quarterback Chris Weinke, who enrolled at Florida State at age 26 after a minor-league baseball career, won a national championship at 27, and secured the Heisman Trophy at 28, returned to the game in 2010 after a chance meeting at a Seminoles game.  He now thinks he has “the best job in the world.”

Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune explains that Weinke, ran into a staff member of the IMG Football Academy at that FSU game, laying the foundation for Weinke to become the director of the IMG Madden Football Academy, which opened in 2010.

Weinke’s name has been mentioned recently in connection with new Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, and the pair have been spending plenty of time working together.  But Weinke also has begun working with Vikings quarterback Joe Webb, and Weinke will begin working this week with new Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.

“I’ll do the same thing with him [as Newton],” Weinke said.  “There will be an installation of the offense, for him to get familiar with the verbiage and the concepts.  We’ll take all that information and go to the field and apply all of that.”

Apart from the fact that Weinke grew up in St. Paul, he has another connection to Minnesota.  Starting for the Panthers as a rookie fourth-round draft pick in 2001, Weinke beat the heavily-favored Vikings in Minnesota in his first NFL game.  (The Panthers then lost 15 straight, with Weinke starting 14 of those games.)

Weinke, who also works with quarterbacks at lower levels of the game, calls his new job a “perfect fit.”  The bigger question is whether — and when — an NFL team will decide that he’d be an even better fit as a quarterbacks coach.

15 responses to “Chris Weinke becoming a quarterback guru

  1. (Cue the few people who say OMG!!!!1111!!1 HE SUCKEDASAPLAYERHECANTBEAGOODCOACH)

    Now that that’s out of the ways, good for him. A lot of ex-players don’t like the idea of coaching because they know coaches spend more hours at their jobs for less play than the players do. Not all players love the game I am sure: just as with any other profession there are some who do it just for money. If a guy coaches though, he ain’t in it for the benjamins. I wish Weinke well.

  2. People can talk junk about Weinke all they want but there’s a lot of ex-players out there that wish they could be doing what he’s doing.

  3. Those that can do.

    Those that can’t teach.

    Those that can’t do either are high school phys ed teachers.

  4. Using the phrase “heavily-favored” in the same sentence with the word “Vikings” is usually a recipe for disaster.

  5. “Those that can play, play.

    Those that can’t, teach.”

    And those that can’t do either are Jim Zorn.

  6. “arnoldziffel says:
    May 23, 2011 9:06 AM
    Using the phrase “heavily-favored” in the same sentence with the word “Vikings” is usually a recipe for disaster.”

    It’s usually followed by a clip of Gary Anderson missing a field goal and Dan Reeves doing “The Dirty Bird”.

  7. Great to see him still involved in the sport. At least he isn’t just sitting at some bar talking about the glory days.

  8. Wow…I read about what Chris was doing with Christian Ponder and Webb on another sports site and was happy to see that he was getting the recognition for doing what he loves to do.

    Amazing that the article was free from snide comments about his past record and void of cheap-shots…Such a refreshing read.

    Sadly, it seems read like that on athletes that aren’t the sports media’s favorite is so far and few in between..

  9. I say good for him. There’s really only one reason to be doing that, and that is for the pride and satisfaction of seeing someone you helped go on and succeed.

  10. Here’s a question. Can a coach give Weinke a playbook, and Weinke takes it, learns what he can and teaches it to that team’s draft pick? That’s not direct contact. However, you’d need to trust Weinke explicitly to not share playbooks between players on different teams.

  11. I’m sure he’s a great teacher..the guy couldn’t be expected to be great in the NFL he was a 28 year old rookie

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