Q&A with Charlie Weis - 8/9

Posted Aug 9, 2010


Q: How has it been working with Coach Todd Haley? Is it much different now that he is the boss?


WEIS: “I consider him not just a boss but a friend, too. This has been a very easy transition for me. I am so in tune with thinking like with Todd and I couldn’t have picked a better situation.”

Q: Have any quarterbacks stood out to you thus far in camp?

WEIS: “They are all getting better. I am always mad at everyone all the time anyways so that isn’t much of a difference. They have all shown significant improvements since I have been here. Not just because of me, but they have a very good work ethic and I think they get it. I think all three of them have shown significant improvement.”

Q: Where do you prefer to call plays from, up in the booth or down on the sideline?

WEIS: “Looking at my current status, I think it is a lot easier. First of all it is a lot easier because you can see the whole field. In our situation, because we have a guy with such a strong offensive background in our head coach, it makes it an easier decision if that is the way we decide to go.”

Q: Is your knee getting better?

WEIS: “We will worry about that in February.”

Q: What happened to your knee?

WEIS: “I already had some problems in the knee and Wednesday before training camp a piece of it broke off. That is why I am walking around (slow). I am the injured reserve coach.”

Q: Did you have surgery on it?

WEIS: “No, I will get it done after the season is over. Hopefully mid-February.”

Q: Did the Chiefs give you a new cart to ride around on out there?

WEIS: “I felt like I was at the (grocery store) with the first cart. Then they got me something a little bit easier to get the leg up. I appreciate the fact that both Todd and Scott (Pioli) have made it easy for me to get around.”

Q: Are you going to be available on a weekly basis to the media?

WEIS: “I’m the offensive coordinator, you talk to the head coach about those issues.”

Q: Do you have to ice your knee every night?

WEIS: “I take care of myself, but let’s talk about football.”

Q: How about the progress of the offense, have you been happy with it?

WEIS: “I think that there has been steady progress and I like the work ethic. I think they have been working their butts off and that reflects in the set tempo. I think it permeates from the head coach on down. I think there is always some peaks and valleys but I think that it is a steady climb of progress and I think that we are becoming a much tougher team.”

Q: Has any individual player stuck out to you in a positive way yet?

WEIS: “Not to avoid pitfalls but that is Todd’s jurisdiction. I think in my case right here, I just prefer to talk about the big picture.”

Q: How smooth is it going with the new offense you are installing?

WEIS: “See, a lot of the foundation was already in because the terminology was very similar. In this system everyone kind of branches off in their own direction. I have been with Todd since the late 90s but everyone branches off in their own direction. What we did in the off-season was, we kind of went back to the root of the system so that we are all exactly on the same page. It really cuts down on the mental, what we call ‘yeah buts.’ There have been a lot less of those and I think that is a good place to start.”

Q: Do you feel like you have a lot of weapons to use on offense?

WEIS: “Yeah, I like our players. It is a good thing because that is who we have. I think that too many times we worry about what we don’t have rather than worry about what we have. Our job is, starting from the head coach right on down, is to figure out in training camp who we have and how to best utilize them. I think that we have plenty of time to do that but I think we are getting a better idea every day.”

Q: Are you pleased with how these guys have picked up the system or are there still some reminders that need to be given out?

WEIS: “I think the only tweaking terminology wise really took place in the spring rather than now. A lot of these guys are hearing this stuff for the third time and in the rookies case they are hearing it for the fourth time. In the spring time, when we put everything in, the tweaks already went in. We went to mini-camp and we did it again and now we are in training camp and they are getting it again. So by the time you get it the third time, it is becoming more second nature for the players. I have always found with any football player, offensively or defensively, when they know what to do they play at a much faster tempo than when they have to think what to do.”

Q: How has Haley changed since you worked together back in the 90s?

WEIS: “I think the most important thing before I got here, was for us to feel comfortable with the flipping of roles. We talked about that long before I got here because the media’s reaction was going to be, ‘well they are two offensive guys, they are hard headed, they aren’t going to get along.’ We talked about that long before I decided to come here because it was important to both of us and the success of the Kansas City Chiefs that we felt comfortable with what our roles were going to be. I am going to be running the offense, using Todd’s input and the rest of the coaching staff to try and get this right.”

Q: Did you have to be the play-caller?

WEIS: “That was not really significant to me. It was significant that whatever he wants, lets know what it is and lets go forward. I think too many times people get too much ego involved when it comes to the credit and the blame. Trust me, I have been in a place where you get a lot of credit and a lot of blame so I think I have some experience in that. I think the most important thing, more than anything else, however he wanted it to be, that is the way it was going to be.”

Q: How much different for you is it that you don’t have the final say?

WEIS: “In pro football coordinators really have input with about half of the team on a daily basis, you are with them all the time. I think the most important thing is for me to look at it from that standpoint. I really have no uneasy feeling about where I am, I feel very comfortable. To be honest with you it is great to have a guy like Todd to lean on because too many times you get in this position and you don’t get as many ideas from other people. You can say, ‘what about this? And what about that?’ He will do the same with me and I think it is a good sounding board for both of us going back and forth so by the time you install what you want to do, I think you have a pretty good plan.”

Q: When you look at this team that hasn’t been as successful in the last few years, how much of a challenge is this for you personally to see what you can do for this offense?

WEIS: “I am only going by when I got here in January. I watched all the plays from last year, mainly because of my research of the quarterback and the quarterbacks for that matter because Brodie (Croyle) played too. I wanted to make sure I knew exactly what I was getting because the first thing I wanted to do was help fix the quarterback. Trust me, it wasn’t because he wasn’t getting coached before but I had to know what the problems were. I watched every snap he played last year with the Chiefs and then I went back the year before and watched every snap from when Tommy (Brady) went down and every snap he played with New England. I wanted to know where we were with this kid and once you figure that out, I think as an offensive coach in this league, you can’t try to do things that your players are not capable of doing. I think with this team right here, I think Todd has a good handle on the team, he has his finger on the pulse and between Todd, Romeo (Crennel), myself and our coaching staff, I think we should expect to improve.”

Q: What do you see in the quarterback?

WEIS: “Every quarterback should get better every year they play in the league. What you have to know is, what are they doing well and what are they not doing well. I am just like you guys, I wasn’t here last year. I watched the Chiefs more in December more than I had done in my whole life because they were one of the teams that I thought I might end up going to. On Sunday’s when I was sitting there with a little idle time that I wasn’t expecting to have, one of the multiple teams I was watching on the tube was the Chiefs. I think it all starts with offensive football and if the quarterback plays better, usually the team plays better. You sit there and say that about the offensive line and others, but think about it, there are only two players on offense that have the ball in their hands on every play and that is the center and the quarterback. They are the guys that can do the most help and are also the guys that can do the most harm.”

Q: How is QB Matt Cassel looking to you?

WEIS: “He is looking kind of weak when I look at him right there. You know I have to look at him all the time, I see him more than my wife. I am kind of tired of looking at him and he is tired of looking at me too. I will just group Matt along with Brodie (Croyle) and Tyler (Palko) and say that I have seen significant progress from all three of those guys.”

Q: Is it accurate to say that you friendship with Todd was one of the things that attracted you to this job?

WEIS: “I would say that was a major factor but it was Scott, it was Todd, it was Mo Carthon, it was Bill Muir, it was Richie Anderson. There were a lot of ties here. You think about just the offensive side of the ball, Bill Muir I have worked with, Mo Carthon I have worked with, Richie Anderson I have worked with, Bernie Parmalee just came with me. For me, from the head coach to the general manager to the offensive staff and with a quarterback that came from a system that I know more than anything else, it was as good of fit as I could find.”

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