It took almost a month, but the Chiefs announced Thursday that they have found an offensive coordinator, staying in-house by hiring offensive line coach Bill Muir. Muir will replace Charlie Weis, who left Kansas City to join the Florida Gators' new staff.
Muir, who is keeping his offensive-line coaching duties, enters his third season as a member of the Chiefs' coaching staff. The 68-year-old has been an NFL coach for 33 seasons,
"We are very fortunate to have someone of Bill's caliber take over the role of offensive coordinator," head coach Todd Haley said. "Bill's depth of experience, his championship success as a coach and as a coordinator is widely respected around the league, and he will serve our young and veteran players very well and provide critical continuity as we continue to develop on offense."
Muir was last an offensive coordinator with the Buccaneers in 2008, where he spent seven seasons. He also has a long history with Haley and Chiefs GM Scott Pioli, working with both of them on the Jets' staff in the late 1990s.
It reportedly is still up in the air whether Haley or Muir will be calling plays.
The way we see it
Muir inherits one of the league's best running backs, Jamaal Charles, a top receiver in Dwayne Bowe and a quarterback coming off a career year in Matt Cassel. Pioli and Haley obviously are comfortable with Muir, whom they know well, although it's a bit odd it took this long for them to make the hire.