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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Weis guys: KU’s new coach credits two legends for his success

New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick, right, goes over plays with former offensive coordinator (and current Kansas University football coach) Charlie Weis, left, during training camp in this file photo from Aug. 1, 2004, in Foxboro, Mass.

New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick, right, goes over plays with former offensive coordinator (and current Kansas University football coach) Charlie Weis, left, during training camp in this file photo from Aug. 1, 2004, in Foxboro, Mass.

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Years ago, during the week leading up to one of the New England Patriots’ three Super Bowl victories in four seasons under Bill Belichick, the man known for his hooded sweatshirt and stoic nature was asked about the role then-offensive coordinator Charlie Weis played in the Patriots’ success.

Belichick, widely known as one of the game’s true masterminds, did not hesitate to gush about his assistant coach.

“Charlie is a very smart person,” Belichick said. “He really understands what defenses are doing and how to attack them. He’s an outstanding play-caller and has a great sense of timing of when to call certain plays. It’s one thing to put together a game plan, and it’s another to call the plays at the right time, when they match up the way you want to match up. It’s not an easy thing to do.”

For as long as he’s been in the eye of the media, be that as an ultra-successful offensive coordinator in the NFL, the top dog at Notre Dame or as the new head coach of the Kansas University football team, Weis has credited much of his success to legendary NFL coaches Belichick and Bill Parcells.

Weis learned a variety of lessons during the combined 13 seasons he spent working for the two future Hall-of-Famers. From time management and how to push players, to strategy and how to dissect the game, Weis soaked it all in while handling different types of roles with the New York Giants, New York Jets and New England Patriots.

In 1990, when the Giants beat Buffalo to win Super Bowl XXV, all three were on the same staff. Parcells was the head coach, Belichick was his defensive coordinator and Weis was an assistant. While that was the only season in which Weis worked under both at the same time, it gave him a first-hand look at the very different way each man conducted his business.

“To this day, I have never seen anyone that is any better of a master psychologist of a football team and organization than Bill Parcells,” Weis recalled during last week’s introductory news conference at KU. “He would know every single person in this room. He would know what buttons to press with every single individual, to try and get them to a different level than they thought they were capable of being at. Whereas Belichick is a totally different person. His two greatest strengths are his insight into the game and his foresight. He is well above any coach I have ever seen in just the study of the game, while at the same time he is always thinking down the road. That is what separates his organization from most.”

Although Weis’ two NFL mentors had different strengths, they also shared several traits. And Weis carries many of them with him to this day.

“Both Parcells and Belichick believed that each week was a separate entity,” Weis said. “You might have one game plan one week, and the next week the game plan might be totally different. You might be playing (against a) 3-4 (defense) this week and next week it might be all 4-man fronts every snap. It was whatever it took to win that game.”

For Weis, that’s really all it comes down to. Since picking up coaching as a full-time profession, Weis has been successful everywhere he’s been. His 16 seasons as an NFL assistant yielded an overall record of 165-108, four Super Bowl titles and eight playoff appearances. In five years at Notre Dame, he finished 35-27 and reached three bowl games. And this season, his first as the offensive coordinator at Florida, the Gators finished 6-6 and earned a trip to the Gator Bowl.

Weis was partly responsible for nearly all of those victories. And Belichick’s comments from years ago may offer a glimpse into why.

“He’s very good at making adjustments during a game,” Belichick said. “He sees when some of the things that we thought were good now don’t look that good and we need to shift to something else. He is decisive and smart. He can pull the trigger. He’s not afraid to make tough decisions or to make calls in critical situations. He knows what he wants to do and he does it with a lot of confidence. And I think that gets conveyed to the people who are executing it.”

Comments

mikehawk 2 years, 4 months ago

Can he recruit to Kansas? I don't doubt his coaching abilities. His pedigree speaks for itself. But this isn't recruiting to Notre Dame. Unlike basketball, you have to recruit LOTS of good players in football on both sides of the ball. I am concerned the KU faithful are going to fall into believing he can turn things in his first year. If losses pile up, will the faithful pile on? Everyone down on Coach Gill are going to find out how good were the players he recruited in Coach Weis's first year. The second and third years are Coach Weis's. Interesting bloggers tended to refer to our previous head coach as "Gill." Now, the pattern is emerging our new coach is addressed as "Charlie." His hiring certainly is generating BUZZ around the courtry. That ain't bad.

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mustlehustle 2 years, 4 months ago

Be sure and ask all those college athletes at Notre Dame and Florida how that "Charlie Weis" with his NFL rings and contacts is working out for them! Particularly "Brady Quinn" who was personally mentored by Weis. Florida was getting rid of Weis, the offense had been the worst in Florida football since 1988.

So, if you can't win at Notre Dame, or at Florida, with the invincible Charlie Weis contacts with the NFL, imagine the good fortune he'll have for the year or two he's at Kansas. He took the Kansas job because of needing to get out of Gainesville fast, and with his "college coaching" resume' the only school desperate enough was Kansas.

Those of you that truly haven't sat in a family room with a coach trying to recruit a high school athlete, the fact that Charlie Weis has a knuckle or two adorned with Super Bowl rings, won't camoflauge his 3 jobs in 5 years and leaving a program like "Florida" to be a head coach at Kansas. Oh and that being run out of town by your own alma mater episode at Notre Dame.

His reason on the Dan Patrick Show is "he couldn't understand why there is one school in Kansas with a 10-2 record, and another with a 2-10 record and he couldn't figure out why that is the case?" Does he plan on spending the the first season as the poster boy of that 10% of cases that gastric bypass surgery doesn't work for...contemplating the mysteries of the ineptness that is Kansas Football, or simply call Bill Snyder and save everyone a lot of time?

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hihawk 2 years, 4 months ago

Jayhawker111 is a gill lover and he can't get over Weis being here. Charlie's worse year at N.D., KU would be in heaven with a record like that 6-6. Moron jayhawker111 doesn't see it that way. gill didn't recruit well at all, and the recruiting experts have said that. Charlie will have to recruit well to replace the garbage that gill recruited in.

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Jason Keller 2 years, 4 months ago

Let me try and break this down. 4 star athletes who are talented but aren't quite an NFL home run are going to need a coach or two who can make a phone call and get someone out to a pro-day. If you were that 4 star athlete would you come to Kansas? Yes, because our coaching staff has deep NFL roots and connections. That is all a top recruit cares about. Getting prepared for the league and getting into the league. Get em' in here Charlie.

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 4 months ago

Well, at least Kansas has about 10 months of national football relevancy until the 2012 season starts, then we'll see what we actually have.

Speaking of defense, if we win most of our games 42-35, that will be OK with me!!

I see no downside on the recruiting front when Coach Weis walks up to a recruit's front door. [Unless he cleans out the frig during the visit!!]

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flyingfinn 2 years, 4 months ago

The key here is the ability to make adjustments during a footbal game because we did not see any of that for the past 2 years

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Bob Morse III 2 years, 4 months ago

In 2007 at ND he only had 13 upper classman that year to play with. How well do you think most teams with everyone being young?

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hihawk 2 years, 4 months ago

Looks like KU has already made an improvement just in the hiring of Weis. Gang, this is going to be a tremendous improvement over the the gill hiring. KU can start looking for a football program that they can believe in, again. My sources tell me that every year will show improvement just like it did with Mangino. It was my sources that told me that when KU hired gill, that it was going to be real bad, and that proved out to be correct. The first year might be a little tough, because of the failure of gill to recruit any good players. Charlie, will have to redo the whole team players that are there now. Relief is on the way.

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justinryman 2 years, 4 months ago

Charlie on in a minute or two as of right now!!!!!

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Thomas Green 2 years, 4 months ago

Listening now. Coming up in the 11:00 EST hour.

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ChiJayhawk4 2 years, 4 months ago

Does anyone know if Weis has already been on the Dan Patrick show, or it is still to come?

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Clarence Haynes 2 years, 4 months ago

No more the predictability of 1) first down....run, 2) second down....run, third down......pass attempt or wildcat, and 4) punt!

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Dale Kroening 2 years, 4 months ago

JUst read he signed Tim Grunhard to his staff. I like it !

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justinryman 2 years, 4 months ago

Charlie to be on the Dn patrick radio show this morning.

When was the last time a KU football coach was on a national syndicated radio show?

Way toi get into the national spotlight.

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Fortesque Beagleton 2 years, 4 months ago

So far so good for Coach Weis. I'm very optimistic about the coming seasons. That said, we absolutely MUST find a DC who knows his stuff - especially against the spread and pro-style offenses. A master recruiter wouldn't hurt either.

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kufankam 2 years, 4 months ago

Charlie said that one of Bill Belichick's strengths is foresight.... Wouldn't we all have great foresight if we filmed the opposing team's bench and studied their play calling signals, patterns, etc.?

I'm not knocking Chuck; I just thought that was kind of funny!

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mustlehustle 2 years, 4 months ago

Interesting quote in the fish wrap known as the Kansas City Star, Sam Mellinger's column where he says:

"That was the easy part. Now we get to see, once and perhaps for all, whether Pioli is the golden-boy personnel guru from his Super Bowl-winning days in New England or just one more poser taking credit and fame off the glow of Bill Belichick’s star."

It appears when the stakes couldn't be any higher or consequences of getting it wrong any greater, the Jayhawk nation has once again hitched its wagon to someone who has something to prove, versus someone proven at a college level.

Seems Kansas will get to see if Weis is one of those posers, as Mellinger quotes about the coaching tree of Belechicks'...so far in his career post Belechick, that's been the case.

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iamakufan 2 years, 4 months ago

Initially I was a doubter. But the more I read, the more I see, the more I hear, the more I like. Only time will tell but my hopes are climbing.

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Jim Jackson 2 years, 4 months ago

Has there been any concrete information about who wants to transfer?

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Jim Jackson 2 years, 4 months ago

Has there been any concrete information about who wants to transfer?

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jayhawkintexas 2 years, 4 months ago

What! A coach that can make in-game adjustments and prepare for different defenses??? I'm stoked already!!!!!

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 4 months ago

I see where the articles are headed for the next few months. Charlie Weis. Bill Parcells.. uh uh..guy in the sweat shirt...uh uh...Tommy Brady...global warming.

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ttoulouse 2 years, 4 months ago

The only, ONLY glaring hole I've seen in the last few days of Weis coverage is defense. I really hope he makes a quality hire there because that was the side of the ball that is the most desperate right now. I know a good offense can be an adequate defense by keeping the other team off the field, but I want to see balance in scheme from both side of the ball.

Weis part deux!!!

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Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 4 months ago

This year could be exciting. Say what you want about Gill, but the guy did recruit a pretty good class last year. With those guys getting to the point where they will be able to contribute, mixed with better coaching, we should be in for a decent turnaround even from year one. I really would like to see him build a program and have really warmed up to the idea that he can.

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Benjamin Piehler 2 years, 4 months ago

Did I mention I coached under Bill Belichick??

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fansincewilt 2 years, 4 months ago

He is also a very good pep talker at half time as we found out Saturday.

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Paul Mitten 2 years, 4 months ago

As a Patriots fan, let's just say that while Charlie Weis was an excellent coordinator for the Pats and partly responsible for the three Super Bowl wins, it was an opportunistic defense, timely play from one of the best quarterbacks of all time, and a clutch kicker that combined to win those rings. What Weis needs to take from those teams is not the offensive play calling because let's face it, we don't got Tom Brady, but the discipline and execution that typifies the Patriots teams since 2001.

Despite first appearances, Pats are often the less talented team on the field. This year, Pats have three playmakers on offense, maybe three on defense. However, every week, against teams with bigger names, Pats play harder and smarter, letting other teams shoot themselves in the foot. As a result, they almost always beat the teams they're supposed to beat and at the least have a chance against comparable (or better) teams, at least. And if you keep hanging around in games and you don't shoot yourself in the foot, you put yourself in a position to win a lot of games.

That's the kind of team Kansas needs to be. They need to be gritty, never give up, and play conservative and smart football, but take chances when the time is right. So we got less talent? So whatever. This is college football. Even the best teams in college football make rookie mistakes several times a game. If you play with discipline and play to 100% of your abilities, you will have an opportunity to at least build a winning record. And that would be a nice first step.

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gardenjay 2 years, 4 months ago

If he's good at game adjustments then we've improved.

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