Friday, February 8, 2008

Weis Gives Haywood Playcalling Duties

At his press conference today, Coach Weis announced that he would relinquish his duties as the primary offensive playcaller and hand those over to Mike Haywood, who, for the last three years, has served as the Irish’s running backs coach and “offensive coordinator.”

Among his reasons for making the switch, Weis stated that he wants to show more confidence in his assistant coaches and improve relations with his players.

Personally, I have mixed feelings about Weis’s decision. Notre Dame hired Coach Weis largely based on the idea that he was one of the greatest offensive minds in the game of football. During his first two years with the Irish, he demonstrated why he had this reputation, turning a somewhat-stagnant offense into one of the most potent scoring-machines in the country.

Last season, however, Notre Dame’s offense was anemic, going through three starting quarterbacks and ranking near or at the bottom in a number of offensive categories. To be fair to Weis, he was dealing with inexperience in virtually every position other than tight end. But his playcalling seemed simplistic, bland, and repetitive – anything but innovative.

Nonetheless, I still believe that Weis gives Notre Dame the best ability to win when he is calling the plays. It is true that Weis will have more time for his responsibilities as head coach, but many head coaches, both in college and in the NFL, act as the head coach and offensive or defensive coordinator. If Weis’s greatest strength as a coach is his playcalling ability, then why not utilize it?

Only time will tell if this decision benefits the Irish, but as of right now, I can’t help but be critical of it.


Matt said...

Makes one wonder why we are paying the guy $4,000,000 a year, that he should abdicate the role his reputation was built on in favor of an assistant coach. I only hope, of course, that it will all be for the best.

Anonymous said...

wow, mike corgan, you know so much about everything. you should post more often so i can read more of your literary masterpieces.

b. nony mouse said...

to the anonymous commenter above me: the sarcasm wasn't necessary. I agree with Mike in questioning the decision but I also understand that Weis is doing everything he can to "fix" the team before next season. This is also an interesting piece for someone who isn't surfing the web for ND Football articles.

Anonymous said...

I don't know about this change by Charlie, but I think it's great that he hired Tenuta and is going to Virginia Tech to get help on special teams from Frank Beamer