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Bill Muir will call plays in Kansas City

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When Charlie Weis left the Chiefs, it was believed that head coach Todd Haley would take on a bigger role with the offense again.

Instead of hiring someone outside their system, the Chiefs promoted line coach Bill Muir, who had never called plays before.  He’s going to call plays now, though.

“It’s a group contribution of what we like, where we like it, and kind of place that along the call sheet. But ultimately it will fall to Bill to make those decisions,” Haley announced Wednesday.

Muir, 68, has been in the NFL 33 years. He hasn’t called plays before, but Haley thought he made the most sense.

“You script the plays you want versus the defenses you want, as you get to the regular season,” Haley said. “The guy who’s doing the majority of that during the week, which is him, has ultimately the best feel for what he thinks he’s going to see defensively.”

The Chiefs’ offense seemed to collapse late last year when Haley reportedly began to take playcalling duties from Weis.  We don’t think the identity of the playcaller is a huge deal, but wonder if Matt Cassel will regress without Weis helping him.

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24 Responses to “Bill Muir will call plays in Kansas City”
  1. benh999 says: Sep 8, 2011 10:02 AM

    KC has a football team?

  2. blackbug99 says: Sep 8, 2011 10:06 AM

    Can he stay awake for the whole game?

  3. mybuttsayspft says: Sep 8, 2011 10:08 AM

    Nice move by Haley, after realizing they’re going to suck this year he’ll say he’s not in charge of the playcalling and let someone else take the fall.

  4. swervinmervin says: Sep 8, 2011 10:12 AM

    Bill Maher is calling plays?! I thought he was busy with his show on HBO!

  5. jpb12 says: Sep 8, 2011 10:14 AM

    Just me or does Todd Haley look like a recovering crack addict on all the NFL Network vads and promos>?. He looked awful in their Top 100 segment.

  6. richm2256 says: Sep 8, 2011 10:19 AM

    A guy in the league for 33 years without play-calling experience, and you designate HIM to call your plays …….. yeah, makes perfect sense.

    Todd Haley has got to be the new Josh McDaniels.

    Ironic, isn’t it?

  7. willyalistentothis says: Sep 8, 2011 10:23 AM

    I hope this does not have a messy ending. Muir has had an outstanding career as a line coach and is one of the best assistants around. Haley is a bit of a hot-head. If things go wrong and Haley points at Muir, it would be a real shame and could make it hard for Haley to hire quality coaches down the line. My guess is that Haley felt some sort of threat from Big Charlie, which is not posed by the 68 year old Muir.

  8. jpopejoy says: Sep 8, 2011 10:41 AM

    I fail to understand where all the Haley hatred comes from. The guy is a firey coach who seems to make the best of his players.

    also think it’s hilarious that no one seems to think that Charlie Weis wasn’t the problem. Doesn’t it say SOMETHING that the guy is the 2nd OC at a college school? Lots of reports then also suggested it was health related (he couldn’t say no to Gates and Oklahoma Joe’s)

    I think that the lazy-a** KC reporters have just started to report more on him being a jerk because he doesn’t have the open door policy that King Carl had for 20 years.

    Guy can flat out coach, you don’t take a cesspool of a team w/ 2 wins to winning the division in 2 years by accident.

  9. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 8, 2011 10:48 AM

    Yes!!!! best news I heard all day.

  10. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 8, 2011 11:00 AM

    Letting geriatrics take the fall now!?!?!

  11. wheresmyjuice says: Sep 8, 2011 11:23 AM

    He’s using a figurehead so Haley doesn’t look like the bad guy.

    The reality is, Haley put Muir up there so anytime Haley disagrees with a play call he has a pushover in place to change his mind.

  12. tatum064 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:58 AM

    willyalistentothis says:
    Sep 8, 2011 10:23 AM
    I hope this does not have a messy ending. Muir has had an outstanding career as a line coach and is one of the best assistants around. Haley is a bit of a hot-head. If things go wrong and Haley points at Muir, it would be a real shame and could make it hard for Haley to hire quality coaches down the line. My guess is that Haley felt some sort of threat from Big Charlie, which is not posed by the 68 year old Muir.
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    Truth be told, he may have one foot out the door if KC falls….Bowe could regress, Tyson Jackson didnt develop, Charles didnt look so hot in pre-season, but there in the AFC West…they upset San Diego and Gaither might just pan out at LT, as always the key will be the running game. That Thomas Jones-Jonathan Baldwin thing could have repercussions as well…

  13. joetoronto says: Sep 8, 2011 11:59 AM

    jpb12 says: Sep 8, 2011 10:14 AM

    Just me or does Todd Haley look like a recovering crack addict on all the NFL Network vads and promos>?. He looked awful in their Top 100 segment.
    *************************************************
    Seriously, all hating aside, the guy looked exactly like a crack addict on the Top 100 List.

    Downright brutal. I don’t think the man is getting any sleep at all, hence his temper.

  14. haleyistheman00 says: Sep 8, 2011 12:26 PM

    haley never took over the play calls last year …and if anyone who watched the Chiefs last year knows weis wasn’t on the top of his game

  15. haleyistheman00 says: Sep 8, 2011 12:29 PM

    I can’t wait for the chiefs win 10 games with the hardest schedule in the league and then maybe just maybe people will be quiet about haley

  16. mydailyff.com says: Sep 8, 2011 12:30 PM

    This is either going to be one of the biggest coaching gaffes in a long time or is going to look like a brilliant move by Haley. I guess that’s why they play the games…

  17. sullijo1 says: Sep 8, 2011 12:44 PM

    Todd Haley is very lucky that the Broncos made the ridiculous hire of Josh McDaniels so that he could fly “under the radar” the last 2 years.

    Now, he will be exposed as the biggest lunatic coaching an NFL team.

    Chiefs win 6 games this year….no playoff wins for the 19th consecutive year….Haley is fired (to save Scott P’s job)….injuries blamed to appease previously high fan expectations….Same old Chiefs that won 4, 2, 4 games the previous 3 years return…..

  18. gook1034 says: Sep 8, 2011 1:04 PM

    7-9. barely keeping the broncos in last place.

  19. capslockkey says: Sep 8, 2011 1:08 PM

    “We don’t think the identity of the playcaller is a huge deal, but wonder if Matt Cassel will regress without Weis helping him.”

    That’s what the Chiefs brought in Jim Zorn for.

  20. tsimpson50 says: Sep 8, 2011 1:25 PM

    Yikes! Worked with him before. He’d have a hard time calling a bingo game.

  21. sullijo1 says: Sep 8, 2011 1:54 PM

    Muir punches Haley in the face by week 6.

  22. favreforever says: Sep 8, 2011 1:56 PM

    Muir has been in the NFL for 33 years. But it was his 47 years as a college coach that really molded him into the man he is.

  23. jbaxt says: Sep 8, 2011 2:39 PM

    “Charles didn’t look so hot in preseason…”

    Ya, cause the matters. I swear, faider fans have got to be the most ignorant group of d-bags in all of sports. They make soccer houligans look good.

  24. keepyerstickontheice says: Sep 8, 2011 8:03 PM

    Nothing to worry about here folks, It’s only the Bills. And Merriman. With a big bucket of crack-juice in his right hand and a chip on his left shoulder for balance. Cassel will do fine with, what, a couple of broken ribs? No problem. I’m sure Muir will be a great substitute for Weiss. Just look at the awe-inspiring pre-season they’ve had, they’re firing on all cylinders already. I mean, if you can’t beat the Bills, how are you going to beat the rest of the AFC East?

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