Despite NFL coordinator talk, Charlie Weis doubts he’ll coach again

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After Charlie Weis was fired as head coach at Kansas last year, there was talk that he might become an NFL offensive coordinator. But Weis wasn’t hired this year and believes his coaching career has come to an end.

Weis told the South Bend Tribune that at age 58, he has accepted that it’s time for him to call it quits.

“I think it’s highly doubtful that I will ever coach again,” Weis said.

Weis did indicate that his wife isn’t necessarily on board with him just sitting around the house, however.

“I’ve been driving my wife nuts,” he said. “I think she’s ready for me to do something — anything.”

As a college head coach at Notre Dame and Kansas, Weis was a failure. But he had a good track record as an NFL offensive coordinator, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get a job offer to work on an NFL staff again. But it sounds like Weis has already decided that his answer to such an offer would be no. He’s out of the coaching business.

57 responses to “Despite NFL coordinator talk, Charlie Weis doubts he’ll coach again

  1. “As a college head coach at Notre Dame and Kansas, Weis was a failure. ”

    Have you forgotten? He did almost beat USC to earn that contract extension.

  2. The Colts might bring him in on a short term contract in advance of their next blowout loss to the World Champs. Did you know that Deion Branch had been out of the league for two years when the Colts signed him just days before 2014 divisional game with the Pats, where he never saw the field? That wasn’t a deeply suspicious move by the league’s finest morality police.

  3. Weis was the first and biggest bust of the Brady-Cheatriot product line.

    It’s funny now to look back on those days when Weis was considered an offensive genius and many teams wanted him as their next HC.

  4. Hey Charlie, and I promise I’m not trying to be crude, I would highly suggest not just sitting around and maybe becoming active so that your wife can have you around as long as possible.

  5. Weis, like so many others, may not be cut out to be head coaches at the collegiate or NFL levels, but make outstanding coordinators. Weis was able to coach quarterbacks like Brady Quinn, Jimmy Clausen, Matt Cassell, and John Brantley to career seasons. He also coached-up a young Tom Brady when he was still just a pup and helped him become the superstar he is today.

    At the very least, Weis would make an excellent quarterback coach. Whether or not he would want to do that is another question entirely.

  6. weepingjebus says: Feb 13, 2015 10:35 AM

    The Colts might bring him in on a short term contract in advance of their next blowout loss to the World Champs. Did you know that Deion Branch had been out of the league for two years when the Colts signed him just days before 2014 divisional game with the Pats, where he never saw the field? That wasn’t a deeply suspicious move by the league’s finest morality police.
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    Imagine how much the colts would have lost by if they hadn’t made this scumbag move.

  7. I guess it depends how you define failure. How many millions was he paid since leaving the Pats (and after almost dying from that botched gastric surgery)? I for one, could care less about his college records and am actually a little envious of his bank account. If nothing else, this just shows how ridiculous college coaching salaries have become.

  8. Jimmy Haslam will be looking for a new Cleveland Head Coach some day. He may need someone who has vast experience in knowing the Patriot way and look good in orange and brown. Also failures in college coaching shouldn’t be a problem.
    Can Charlie take orders from a great owner and not question his authority? Done! Charlie Weis for Cleveland…

  9. If he will hand off to Lynch on second down from inside the 1 yard line to likely win the Super Bowl, I would take him in Seattle.

  10. Charlie was with the Pats for their first 3 shiny rings- we now have 4- 4 more than the bills have, even though they had 4 shots at getting 1—ah it’s good to have the bills in our division.

  11. well, he certainly doesn’t need the money ..in the annals of football, only he and Lane Kiffin have managed to parlay such little coaching success into so much money ..if Josh McDaniels take a HC gig at some point, I could see Weis going back to New England, otherwise he’s done

  12. Go look at Charlie’s one year as OC for the KC Chiefs….about as impressive a one year turn around as you will see. Weiss made Bowe a Pro Bowler…enough said. Weiss departed after seeing first hand what a disaster Todd Haley was….and proved to be.
    Weiss= wrong guy as a a HC….but an absolute first class OC. Count the rings

  13. Love seeing the Patriot haters. Keep it coming boys. I know so many are obsessed with them.

    World Champion Patriots! That’s gotta sting.

  14. Do you think any team will step up and give the World Champion Patriots some real competition anytime in the next 5 years?

    I say no. Time to fold all 31 other teams and give someone new a chance.

    Discuss.

  15. With the way the NFL works with constant recycle projects of O & D coordinators (see Chan Gailey, Mike Sherman, Monte Kiffin, et. al.). I GUARANTEE this guy coaches again.

  16. He’s fleeced those schools for millions yet his product wasnt consistent. I’m not sure why you hire this guy for anything more than an offensive consulting position or scout.

  17. Anyone ever notice how Tom Brady has knack for making pretty much everyone who comes in contact with him rich???

    I’m pretty sure his mom is a unicorn and Dad is a liger or dragon or Zeus or something…

    And yeah all the Bill have is a Rexapotamus… ;D

  18. I think this guy should be an oc somewhere. He also was the oc of kc when they had that run while Haley was the coach and they had an offense that the wide receiver actually had a td reception. I remember reading that in the playoff game against the Ravens he was relinquished if his duties at halftime and they didn’t do anything at all in the second half of that game. I have no horse in this race but the man can develop and run an offense. I can’t understand why a team doesn’t hire this guy.

  19. For those who want to poot on Weis, remember the guy had a perfect SAT score, so he’s obviously bright and capable. He just wasn’t a good HC. He was missing some leadership or energy perhaps.

  20. Remember when this fat idiot kept trying to call out Pete Carroll? Jim Harbaugh should have learned from Weis that you don’t call out your master when you’re an amateur peasant in comparison.

  21. “Ernie Adams rant He talks to Bill the whole game. Even Patriot players don’t know who he is.”

    Which doesn’t change the fact that he is a legal employee employed under the terms the league requires. Yes he’s brilliant. But complaining that the Pats have someone brilliant on their staff that other teams can’t seem to match or lure away from the Pats doesn’t change the fact that there is nothing illegal about Adams employment with the Pats or what he does during games.

    Every head coach has people up in the booth who talk to them all game. Sheesh.

  22. He isn’t all that old. I don’t think that is the issue if he doesn’t get another job. I think teams might well worry he no longer has the drive. From watching him at Kansas the biggest red flag was he absolutely seemed to phone it in completely from Day 1. He took over a team that was 5-19 before he got there and went 6-22. Players didn’t respond to him and there was none of that famous “schematic advantage” like he bragged about while he was at Notre Dame.

  23. @6ball:

    Yours is the best comment on here. Short, succinct & so true. Wish I would’ve thought of that comparison…perfect!

  24. Weiss was the OC for the Jets when they lost to the Broncos in the AFC champ game.

    He also was the OC in KC when Matt Cassel made the pro bowl and the Chiefs made the playoffs.

    He is a good OC, just not a good HC.

  25. “I’ve been driving my wife nuts,” he said. “I think she’s ready for me to do something — anything.”
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    So open up a pizza joint.

  26. Charlie –

    1. Lose 200 pounds
    2. Try keeping it off
    3. If successful with 1 and 2 then think about what you want to do with your life.

    SKOL

  27. 3 rings. Part of the greatest dynasty ever and helped mentor the greatest QB of all-time early in his career. Hate on haters. Pats haven’t won a Super Bowl since…2 weeks ago, so you have that to hang your hat on.

  28. Tom Brady has made several coaches and players lots of money. My big four are Givens, Branch, Weis, and McDaniels. McDaniels was brilliant in this year’s Super Bowl, but he still needs to be included in the list of those who have made livings off of Tom Brady.

  29. “But it sounds like Weis has already decided that his answer to such an offer would be no. He’s out of the coaching business.”

    I see a huge disconnect between the information in your article and your summation of that information. After reading the article, I could not disagree more vehemently with your summation.

    His words: “I think it’s highly doubtful that I will ever coach again” sound like a rueful guy who’s burnt some bridges and is disappointed that he hasn’t had an offer and may not get one.” But time and distance have frequently been known to change a person’s perspective.

    There is an entire world of difference between being “doubtful that I will ever coach again” and “deciding to retire”, and for you to assume that any of that leads to the finality of being “out of the coaching business” is an irresponsible assumption on your part, nothing more. No way should it be stated as a fact.

  30. Weis may have made Brady a little money too. How many 6th rnd draft pks stick on a roster as the 4th QB? Who do you think lobbied for that. There are a lot of 6th rnd QB’s, some probably with some talent, that you never heard of. Someone has to go to bat for the Brady and Kurt Warners of the world. Also, they have to be developed enough to help win a SBowl after injuries to the starter.

    Weis may be a lot of things, but he was a successful NFL OC everywhere he went. He’s probably made ~50+ mil in his career, he can do without working.

  31. Charlie Weis s a joke. I remember when he Announced he was leaving the Chiefs, Right before the Playoffs were set to begin.

    Charlie didn’t have the class to wait until the season was over to make the announcement.

    I wouldn’t hire him to sweep my front porch.

  32. Yeah right, Weis is the 1rst coordinator to let a team know he’s leaving before the season’s over. It was reported DQuinn was going to be the Falcon’s coach 2 wks before the SBowl. Assistants interview for NFL jobs in early January. When Weis was leaving for NDame, the Pats let him go on recruiting trips before the SBowl.

  33. i was at the AFC Championship game in jan 2002 and it was one of the greatest moments of my fanhood watching the most self entitled fan base in the history of sports squirm. non boston/NE fans always say how arrogant they are. at least we can acknowledge when the other team simply beats our team. just like in SB 42 and 46. but the steeler fans are so entitled, they have to harp on some fabricated scheme such as videotaping signals, which bill cowher himself admitted that the steelers did also. just get over it

    mcpittsburgh75 says:
    Feb 13, 2015 12:46 PM
    Kinda tough to calls plays when you dont know what the defensive teams signals are huh Charlie ,

  34. I haven’t logged in here for awhile, sort of a self imposed persona non grata. From time to time, one needs a reprieve from insufferable Patriots fans too. It’s been a hilarious couple of weeks listening to them crow about the Superbowl that was handed to them like they’d actually achieved some monumental feat. Almost as funny as listening to Tom Brady squeal like a little girl when Butler made that spectacular individual effort. Speaking for myself, it was worth it, to hear TB lose his mind and any respect I had for him or the Patriots. I’ve said it before and Patriots fans prove it again and again, they’ll take a win any way they can get it. How do they get that taste out of their mouths though?

  35. gofor2with3pointlead says: Feb 13, 2015 4:06 PM

    I’ve said it before and Patriots fans prove it again and again, they’ll take a win any way they can get it. How do they get that taste out of their mouths though?
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    It’s easy. We toast the victors with champagne, and feel proud that we are not the team that won 4 Super Bowls using illegal steroids.

  36. Weis did fine at ND. His one horrible year was predicted when he took the job. As far as Kansas goes, he was better than his predecessor, but it’s a train wreck. The ND team that played for the National Championship was stocked with Weis recruits. No worse than numerous coaches, better than many, he was about average as HC.

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