Report: Weis leaving Chiefs; McDaniels targeted?

Posted Jan. 02, 2011 @ 1:23 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated Jan. 2, 2011 @ 3:04 a.m. ET

Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis has agreed to join the University of Florida's coaching staff as offensive coordinator, The Associated Press reported late Saturday. An official announcement is expected Monday.

Weis will remain with Kansas City throughout the playoffs, according to the story. The Chiefs have a 10-5 record going into their final regular-season game against Oakland on Sunday and have clinched the AFC West title.

Weis has been given much credit for the improvement in the Chiefs' offense, which has gone from the No. 25 offense in the league in 2009 to ninth this season. QB Matt Cassel has performed significantly better this season than he did last year when head coach Todd Haley was handling much of the play-calling and O-coordinator duties.

According to one rumor, Haley might replace Weis with recently fired Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels, who coached Cassel in New England and who has ties to current Chiefs GM Scott Pioli from their days with the Patriots. Of course, Haley refused to shake hands with McDaniels at midfield after the Broncos whipped the Chiefs 49-29 at Denver in Week 10, so there may be some lingering animosity between the two men.

Weis will join new Gators head coach Will Muschamp, who has primarily a defensive background. Muschamp had said he wanted to hire an offensive coordinator with NFL and college experience, which Weis has after serving as head coach at Notre Dame for five years. The early indication is that he'll replace former coach Urban Meyer's spread-option offense with more of a pro-style attack.