The Chiefs have agreed to hire former Notre Dame head coach and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis to run the offense.
It's a perfect hire for a team that struggled on offense throughout the season. Say what you will about Weis' failed tenure at Notre Dame, but you can't dispute his credentials as an offensive coordinator. He called the offense in two of the Patriots' three Super Bowl victories, and helped develop Tom Brady into an elite quarterback.
The Patriots drafted Matt Cassel shortly after Weis left for Notre Dame, but you can expect improvement from Cassel next season after a rocky year. Cassel, who had a breakout season in 2008 when Brady went down with a knee injury, struggled with the Chiefs, but more because of poor offensive line play, myriad drops by his receivers, and an erratic running game until Jamaal Charles was installed as the starter once Larry Johnson was released.
The Weis hire will also take some pressure off head coach Todd Haley, who fired ofensive coordinator Chan Gailey before the season started and handled play-calling duties. It was way too much for a first-year coach to handle, and having Weis aboard will make it a much smoother operation.
"Charlie's a guy I have a great amount of respect for as a coach," Haley said. "He's a coach that system-wise, I would say we're as close as you can be. Charlie's a guy I consider a friend and I've talked to throughout the year, no different from some of the other guys I lean on for things and advice."
Weis re-joins Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, who was Bill Belichick's right-hand man in New England before joining Kansas City last season. There is also speculation that former Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel will become Kansas City's new defensive coordinator.