Archive for Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Football recruits, count the rings

December 13, 2011


When Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger last left town, he vowed he would not return without a new football coach on the flight back with him. Zenger kept his promise.

Now it’s the new coach’s turn to head out of town. No, not to cross the border for a job interview with the Kansas City Chiefs. Nobody familiar with the gusto with which Charlie Weis has plunged into his new job is worried that will happen.

Weis leaves Lawrence today on a recruiting trip, where his name will arrive before he does.

“If you say his name, everyone knows who he is,” freshman safety Victor Simmons said.

Weis also has more that he can show to recruits than most coaches. For starters, four Super Bowl rings, if he chooses to do so. Weis was an offensive assistant with the New York Giants under Bill Parcells in Super Bowl XXV, an offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick in the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victories in XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX.

His name opens doors. His rings open eyes. The answered doorbell ring and the shiny bling make a difference because style points do matter. But the really smart athlete makes his decision based on whether he thinks the coach seated across from him will find a way for him to maximize his potential.

For every quarterback he visits, Weis can prove that without even mentioning the name of Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback of all time.

The most revealing quarterback statistics: 1. Win-loss record; 2. Touchdowns; 3. Interceptions; 4. Yards per attempt.

A look at the Notre Dame career of Brady Quinn with and without Weis as head coach, as well as studying the Kansas City Chiefs’ numbers compiled by Matt Cassel in one season with Weis as his offensive coordinator and two years under different bosses, sings louder than rings.

Weis coached Quinn as a junior and senior, so his numbers should have improved, but the extent to which they did blows the mind.

In starts under Tyrone Willingham, Quinn had a record of 10-11, averaged 6.4 yards per attempt and threw 26 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. In starts under Weis, Quinn went 19-6, averaged eight yards per attempt and threw 69 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

In Chiefs starts without Weis, Cassel has gone 7-16, averaged 6.1 yards per attempt and thrown 26 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. Working for Weis, Cassel went 10-5, averaged 6.9 yards per attempt and threw 27 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.

Weis won’t have any trouble recruiting quarterbacks to Kansas. Also, receivers and tight ends know they’ll get featured and, in turn, will look better to NFL scouts. Of greater import, their mothers will know they will earn college degrees, as did Weis’ Notre Dame players.


stevieboy 3 years, 11 months ago

Don't really think Berglund has the character weis will look for. Spoiled rich kid..Weis will get his own QB, guarntee it!

hesshawk 3 years, 11 months ago

He might give Berglund a chance to prove himself.......if the kid can stay out of trouble long enough to actually be on campus to go through drills and practices. But first oops and his A%^ is gone......

Rock Chalk

Jayhawk1958 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm sure Berglund is really exicited about learning under Weis given his track record.

rtwngr 3 years, 11 months ago

If Berglund is smart he'll pack up his ego and listen to Weis. He could have a tremendous future if he does.

DocPossum 3 years, 11 months ago

Maybe Dane Christ will transfer in and Berglund will have a role model to follow. Rumor: several fifth year players at ND (a DB, a LB, and DL) who were recruited by Weis, may be interested in playing their last year with him.

DocPossum 3 years, 11 months ago

Anybody hear who Weis might be bringing in as coaches?

chieffan 3 years, 11 months ago

Keegan... Your optimism is astounding. You remind me of Pollyanna on laundry day. I will not argue that Mr. Weiss has impressive credentials. But, he is recruiting football players to KU. If you were to assign a grade to KU football for the past 50 years it would earn a C. It is only reaches a C grade because of the Mangino years. I am not saying it cannot be done, but it will take some time. Yes we know the KU football offense will be fun to watch under Weiss. Please give this new Coaching staff a bit of room. Can you please stop with these optimistic "skipping down the yellow brick road" columns for a while. What next, a column on, "what if Bud Stallworth was playing on this years KU Basketball team"? (Sigh)

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