The Chiefs have promoted offensive line coach Bill Muir to their vacant coordinator position, the team confirmed Thursday morning.
Muir is a veteran coach with whom Chiefs coach Todd Haley also worked under Bill Parcells with the New York Jets. The 68-year-old coach was Tampa Bay's coordinator before Jon Gruden's staff disbanded after the 2008 season, and Muir also has worked as a defensive coordinator during his 33-year coaching career.
“We are very fortunate to have someone of Bill's caliber take over the role of offensive coordinator,” Haley said in a statement released by the team. “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 has a thorough understanding of the rush offense, which could further help the growth of Kansas City's star running backs, Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones.
Kansas City had been targeting a coordinator from the passing track, mainly to further fine tune quarterback Matt Cassel's skills and also help offensive assistant Nick Sirianni grow. The Chiefs' top target was Denver coordinator Mike McCoy, but he chose to stay with the Broncos after Jon Fox was named head coach last month.
Muir's promotion leaves two vacancies on the offensive coaching staff, although he could stay on as line coach. Weis also was the team's quarterbacks coach, and the Chiefs have yet to name his replacement. Sirianni could be a candidate to assume that role, if the Chiefs believe he's ready for a position on the full-time staff.