After dedicating the better part of his life to football, Chiefs offensive coordinator Bill Muir is finally calling it quits. He informed the organization on Wednesday that he was hanging up his headset after 47 years of coaching and scouting experience, including 34 years in the National Football League.
"It has been an honor to be a part of this great league for so long," Muir said. "Over the years I've made a lot of great friends and worked with many talented players and coaches. This was a personal decision for me; the timing was right."
Muir came to Kansas City in 2009 and served as the Chiefs' offensive line coach for two years before he was promoted to offensive coordinator.
"I am excited for Bill as he moves into retirement," head coach Romeo Crennel said. "I have known him for a long time, and he is one of the finest coaches I've ever been around and an even better person."
Prior to his arrival in Kansas City, Muir spent seven seasons as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in Tampa Bay, helping lead the Buccaneers to three division championships and a Super Bowl. He also spent seven years with the Jets as their OL coach, and he coached the offensive lines in Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Detroit and New England. He even served as the Colts' defensive coordinator for one season.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Bill," said Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli. "I have worked with him for a long time and have witnessed him develop a number of very good football players. His contributions are very much appreciated, and he will be missed. We wish him the best moving forward."
The way we see it
Muir's sole year in charge of the Chiefs' offense wasn't a good one as it finished second-to-last in the league with just 13.3 points per game and averaged just 310.8 total yards per game, good for 27th in the league. Part of that paltry performance was due to the losses of QB Matt Cassel, RB Jamaal Charles and TE Tony Moeaki to injury, but Kansas City's attack was still disappointing, particularly after the team had made multiple big free-agent acquisitions.
Now the Chiefs are without both offensive and defensive coordinators, although it's likely that Crennel will become the de facto D-coordinator.