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Charlie Weis: Brady Quinn could have started for me in the NFL

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At Notre Dame, Charlie Weis and Brady Quinn had a lot of success together. Weis says that if they had had the chance in the NFL, he and Quinn would have had a lot of success together at the next level, too.

Weis, who’s now the head coach at Kansas but has previously been an offensive coordinator in the NFL with the Chiefs and the Patriots, says he knows that his offense could work in the NFL, with Quinn running it.

Brady could have been a starting quarterback for me in the NFL,” Weis told the Kansas City Star.

After the Browns made him a first-round draft pick in 2007, Quinn started just 12 games in three years in Cleveland and was not effective. For the last two years he was a backup in Denver and now he’s a backup in Kansas City. But Weis insists that if he were in the NFL again, he knows he and Quinn could run a great offense together.

“Go back and look at those numbers for the two years he played for me,” Weis said. “He was great. He wasn’t good. And I know if I had him as a quarterback, I would have felt very comfortable that I could have won no matter where we were.”

Weis’s offense was not successful during his season as coordinator in Kansas City, but he seemed to hint that former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley was more to blame for that.

“When [fans] read through the lines,” Weis says, “they can figure out the whole year that I was there. They can figure it [from] the beginning, to right through the end. They can kind of read through everything there. But I really enjoyed my experience, my one year with the Chiefs.”

And Weis thinks that if he were ever an NFL coach with Quinn as his quarterback, he’d enjoy that experience, too. But it’s probably safe to say that’s not going to happen.

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44 Responses to “Charlie Weis: Brady Quinn could have started for me in the NFL”
  1. The Deep Dig says: Jul 14, 2012 2:15 PM

    Ignorance is bliss.

  2. yelix says: Jul 14, 2012 2:15 PM

    Weis’s offense in KC wasn’t successful? They lead the league in rushing and Weis was able to make Cassel look competent.

  3. donterrelli says: Jul 14, 2012 2:20 PM

    “Weis’s offense was not successful during his season as coordinator in Kansas City, but he seemed to hint that former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley was more to blame for that.”

    Didn’t they make it to the playoffs that year and get spanked by the Ravens?

  4. gassiusclay says: Jul 14, 2012 2:34 PM

    Success in college? If you mean beating up bad teams, and losing to any to 25 school or any team with a good defense, then you can accurately say they had “success” in college together.

    Then again, they both have had great NFL careers as well! As the sarcasm fades, ask yourself if the highlight of Quinn’s career was the Myoplex commercial?

    ND is so overrated.

  5. finfinatic says: Jul 14, 2012 2:35 PM

    Who cares, a backup QB and former OC, slow news day huh?

  6. EJ says: Jul 14, 2012 2:39 PM

    Quinn got off on the wrong foot in the NFL. Had his transition from College ball to the big league been a little smoother, I’d think we would see the star from Notre Dame, and not the average Brady Quinn.

  7. thirtys37en says: Jul 14, 2012 2:43 PM

    If I remember right, the Cheifs led the league in rushing. Then in the playoffs against the Ravens, Haley took over the play calling duties at halftime because Weis was running the ball too much.

    Cassell proceded to throw multiple interceptions and the Ravens pulled way ahead.

    Great job Todd!

  8. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 14, 2012 2:47 PM

    Mel Kiper says the same about Jimmy Claussen

  9. steelerchicken says: Jul 14, 2012 2:47 PM

    A little different playing at Notre Dumb and Godell’s league. He is coaching and I am typing on a message board I might be onto something

  10. tightend42 says: Jul 14, 2012 2:52 PM

    How pathetic. Both of them are wastes. Weiss, is a lousy coach

  11. patriotsdefense says: Jul 14, 2012 2:55 PM

    Nope.

  12. yinzgotsix says: Jul 14, 2012 3:04 PM

    What did weis and quinn accomplish at ND that was so special?

  13. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 14, 2012 3:07 PM

    Notre Dame Football…

    The CFL and Arena League stars of tomorrow are only on NBC

  14. jucam1 says: Jul 14, 2012 3:07 PM

    Can we all agree the ND is a “has been program” and that they are only important because of how many delusional fans they have?… I’m Catholic, and i am an adult who can make up his own mind and root for another team….. This team is only relevant in it’s own press conferences and through it’s delusional fans….

  15. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jul 14, 2012 3:34 PM

    Steve Spurrier and Danny Wuerffel say “hi”.

  16. citizenstrange says: Jul 14, 2012 3:51 PM

    Now, trick would be for the NFL team to start scheduling Airforce and Navy.

  17. zurnvs says: Jul 14, 2012 3:54 PM

    This is what people who smoke crack sound like.

  18. granadafan says: Jul 14, 2012 3:57 PM

    Yeah, it’s a wee bit easier when you have vastly superior talent on your team compared to the opponent, and you’re playing against 18 year old kids.

  19. joemammy says: Jul 14, 2012 4:07 PM

    Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

  20. tannethrill says: Jul 14, 2012 4:21 PM

    Is this Funnyordie or PFT?

  21. randolph32 says: Jul 14, 2012 4:36 PM

    Could you please add 50 ‘thumbs ups’ to Jucam1’s comment…living in Chicago the ND train is so tiring, they have just been plain marginal at best for the last 15 years or longer…maybe they should try a High School coach, oh wait, they already have!

  22. marcinhouston says: Jul 14, 2012 4:41 PM

    Jamarcus Russell owned them both in the Sugar Bowl, so I guess Quinn could have started for Weis, but they would have lost to the Raiders in the games he started.

  23. enderofall21 says: Jul 14, 2012 4:55 PM

    It sounds like where he’s been playing way to much madden because that’s only chance he’s gonna get to coach a nfl team

  24. CKL says: Jul 14, 2012 5:06 PM

    gassiusclay says:
    Jul 14, 2012 2:34 PM
    Success in college? If you mean beating up bad teams, and losing to any to 25 school or any team with a good defense, then you can accurately say they had “success” in college together.

    Then again, they both have had great NFL careers as well! As the sarcasm fades, ask yourself if the highlight of Quinn’s career was the Myoplex commercial?

    ND is so overrated.
    ____________________________
    WHAT??? Are you saying Weis had NO success at the NFL level??? When did you start watching NFL football? 2011?

    I would take him back as the Pats OC RIGHT NOW…TODAY.

    If anything, this could be salty Jersey boy Weis’s smack at RAC and Mangini, his former and longtime coaching cohorts who had Quinn.

    The guy can coach QBs and is a very good gameday playcaller. He’s legit as an OC. Not sure he’s a legit HC…ever.

  25. borophyll says: Jul 14, 2012 5:26 PM

    Somebody should tell Charlie that you can’t pad your stats in the NFL by playing the service academies every year.

  26. usmutts says: Jul 14, 2012 5:34 PM

    If it weren’t for Tom Brady being Tom Brady, no one ever would have heard of Weis, and Belichick would be out of football by now. They didn’t make Brady; Brady made them.

  27. tluke25 says: Jul 14, 2012 5:44 PM

    Yeah Brady Quinn could start for him if he was a head coach in the NFL but he has proven that he doesn’t last very long as a head coach in the NFL

  28. macker1283 says: Jul 14, 2012 5:57 PM

    Weis’s offense wasn’t successful in Kansas City? Huh? Wasn’t that the one year they made the playoffs. Cassell had his best season. Charles had over 1900 yards from scrimage. Their backup Thomas Jones almost ran for 1000 yards. Oh yea, they were terrible that year offensively.

    Prediction, either Weis or McDaniels will take over the Patriots when Belichick retires in the next five years.

  29. khuxford says: Jul 14, 2012 6:03 PM

    Man, some folks are bitter about ND so much as to make idiotic comments.

    Charlie’s NFL offenses have been good. I can believe that Todd Haley screwed with his coordinating because he announced that he was leaving the team before they hit the playoffs, which is ALWAYS disruptive to a team. That’s how bad he wanted to get away from Haley.

  30. snowpea84 says: Jul 14, 2012 6:19 PM

    I’ve always wanted to see Quinn get another shot sometime soon. He should be careful though to make sure he doesnt put himself in a bad situation. There are times when you could start, but the team is so bad that you’ll just end up the scapegoat and completely destroy your career. Kind of like that guy the Browns drafted in 07.

  31. wlubake says: Jul 14, 2012 6:40 PM

    You people have short memories. That ND offense could score on anyone at any time. They put up huge numbers. However, Weiss knew nothing about defense and they got walked over on that side of the ball. Don’t you remember that it took the Bush Push to get the juggernaut USC team to beat ND? Major revisionist history going on here.

  32. archetypeobscure says: Jul 14, 2012 6:45 PM

    He was hesitant in the pocket, disliked by his teammates, and never had any kind of accuracy once he started sucking down the myoplex and beefing up his arms to comical levels. He threw the ball 10yds out of bounds on a go route with no pressure. Maybe he never got enough chances, but the chances he did get, he did nothing with them. If he was that good, he would be starting for somebody, nobody is hiding him on their roster to be the future of the franchise.

  33. joerevs300 says: Jul 14, 2012 6:46 PM

    What’s next…

    “Gino Toretta could have won us a SB”
    “Akili Smith just didn’t have enough weapons”
    “Ryan Leaf just had anger management issues”

    PLEASE. Brady Quinn was HORRIBLE. And just another in a long line of Brown flamouts at QB. It’s been nearly 30 years since Bernie Kosar was at QB and leading them deep into the playoffs.

    Until they find a competent signalcaller (and hint hint: It’s definitely not Branden Weeden or Colt McCoy), in a division with Flacco, Big Ben and Andy Dalton, they will be lucky to sneak out of the AFC North cellar, let alone make the playoffs.

  34. hedleykow says: Jul 14, 2012 7:17 PM

    Quinn was really good at throwing Hail Mary passes way out of bounds to avoid a pick as the final second ticked off the clock. Smart.

  35. odawg31 says: Jul 14, 2012 7:28 PM

    Reminder to Michael Smith. Do some research with your interview, it might help your article. Charlie Weiss offense as OC led the league in rushing and got the Chiefs to the Playoffs. I would call that successful.

    And by the way Bill Billicheck has not won a SUPER BOWL since Weiss left.

    KC should bring him back as OC and playcaller.

  36. tedmurph says: Jul 14, 2012 7:29 PM

    usmutts says:Jul 14, 2012 5:34 PM

    If it weren’t for Tom Brady being Tom Brady, no one ever would have heard of Weis, and Belichick would be out of football by now. They didn’t make Brady; Brady made them.

    ==================================

    Weis recognized Brady’s talent 1rst and lobbied for him even before Bledsoe got hurt. Without Weis, Brady might have been a 6th rnd, 3rd string QB that never saw the light of day.

  37. vincentbojackson says: Jul 14, 2012 8:18 PM

    Weis thinks Quinn was “great” at Notre Dame?

    Apparently not “great” enough to save Weis’s job.

  38. jmays77 says: Jul 14, 2012 8:43 PM

    Bull. Sure Quinn looked phenomenal against the service academies, but the games that stick out in my mind are the Michigan and USC games of his senior year. He was atrocious in both of them, much like his NFL career.

  39. timezyourz says: Jul 14, 2012 9:14 PM

    And if wishes were fishes, we’d all cast nets in the sea

  40. promickey says: Jul 14, 2012 9:47 PM

    Quinn got some bad advice from his agent to hold out as long as he did his rookie year and he has never been in the right place at the correct time since.

  41. scottnrsv says: Jul 14, 2012 10:35 PM

    Forget brady, weis made vinny testaverde look like a Hall of famer

  42. boilerup1869 says: Jul 14, 2012 10:58 PM

    notre dame sucks

  43. borisbulldog says: Jul 15, 2012 1:43 AM

    Weiss forgot to mention that while at ND they played 3 service academies and William and Mary (minus William) every year!

  44. contract says: Jul 15, 2012 5:34 AM

    John Jenkins probably thinks that Andre Ware and David Klingler both would have been starting NFL QBs if he had been their head coach at the pro level.

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