Kansas City Chiefs

Haley, Chiefs may find Weis a good fit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Todd Haley spent a significant portion of his season-ending news conference Wednesday talking about his coaching staff and how it's essential that any new members fit in with what he's tried to build in the past year.

There may not be a better fit as Haley's next offensive coordinator than Charlie Weis, recently fired as Notre Dame's coach. The Chiefs could announce as soon as today that Weis has been hired as their new coordinator.

ESPN reported Wednesday night that team and league sources confirmed Weis would be hired.

Haley and Weis worked together years ago as assistant coaches with the New York Jets. More importantly, Weis' offense is almost an exact copy of Haley's. Haley said he doesn't want to disrupt offensive continuity after the Chiefs made late-season progress.

"Charlie would allow us to run the offense we're running if he were in this mix," Haley said. "I will do everything I can to get the best, bright football minds in a position to help us. Charlie is a bright football mind who I have first-hand experience with."

Weis, 56, worked in various offensive coaching positions with the Giants, Patriots and Jets. He was the Jets' offensive coordinator from 1997-99 while Haley was an offensive assistant.

He was the offensive coordinator for New England from 2000-04, when the Patriots won three Super Bowls and current Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli was Patriots' personnel director.

From there, he moved on to Notre Dame. He coached five seasons and finished with a 35-27 record. But the Irish went 3-9, 7-6 and 6-6 in his final three years and he was fired after the 2009 season.

Haley designed the Chiefs' offense and weekly game plans himself and called the plays after firing Chan Gailey in the preseason.

"I made some difficult decisions back in August that probably would have been easier for me to just stay status quo," Haley said. "But at the time I thought it was best for the team and the overall foundation that was being laid to make those changes.

"If there are changes made, or additions, it will be taking into account we have made that progress and we're not going backward. We're going forward."

Since the Chiefs finished the regular season with a 4-12 record Sunday by beating the Broncos 44-24 in Denver, Haley made two changes to the staff, firing defensive line coach Tim Krumrie and offensive line assistant Joe D'Alessandris.

Krumrie joined the Chiefs in 2006 when they were coached by Herm Edwards. But the Chiefs had trouble finding their way at times on the defensive line during Krumrie's four seasons.

Haley indicated he hadn't made a final decision on the future of defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. Like his predecessors, Greg Robinson and Gunther Cunningham, Pendergast was unable to coach the Chiefs to defensive greatness. They were 31st against the run, 30th in total defense and 29th in points allowed.

"I don't know about that right now." he said. "The offense has been a little easier (to evaluate) just because I was the offensive coordinator and I've been able to put a little more thought into that one."

Haley repeated what he said after Sunday's final game in Denver, that he has not spoken with former Cleveland coach Romeo Crennel about becoming defensive coordinator.

"Romeo is another guy that's a very good friend of mine that I spent three years with. He's a guy I always looked up to. He's a guy I talked to periodically throughout the year looking for advice or help or thoughts just because I think a lot of Romeo as a person and a coach.

"No conversations on that order to this point."

While Haley indicated he would like his staff in place quickly, he said he wouldn't rush through the process.

"It's my decision on the staff," he said. "It's very important the staff is right. That's the biggest part of success other than the players themselves."