Well Charlie Weis is out at Notre Dame. Notre Dame had an incredible aerial attack but couldnâ€™t run the ball out on close games and had a horrific defense for most of Weisâ€™ tenure. In the end Weis didnâ€™t beat better teams than Notre Dame and often were beat by inferior teams.
Despite that, I felt really down when they announced his firing. From all accounts, Charlie Weis is a really good man who recruited athletes that the University of Notre Dame should be proud of. He was also a great offensive coach but couldnâ€™t hire effective defensive coaches or could not recruit good enough athletes on the defensive side of the ball. Notre Dameâ€™s front seven constantly lost the war in the trenches and you arenâ€™t going to win too many games if you canâ€™t stop the run. You also wonâ€™t hold many leads if you canâ€™t run out a game and Notre Dame could not.
So what do you do now? Michael Ventre of MSNBC asks the question, â€œWould even half of the Florida Gators be able to qualify to enroll at Notre Dame?â€ He suggests that Notre Dame needs to lower academic standards to allow better players to qualify. Dan Wetzel sees it differently, â€œWhen Notre Dame gets a good coach again, it will be good again. This isnâ€™t rocket science. Had the Irish snapped up current Florida coach Urban Meyer, a former star assistant, when they could have, there would be no debate, Notre Dame would be Notre Dame.â€ Weis signed plenty of players that USC and Florida and others wanted. He had a team that was good enough for nine or 10 wins. He just couldnâ€™t coach them into a viable unit.
Now if I was Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner and for some reason, I was still committed to Eric Mangini as my coach, I would hire Charlie Weiss as my teamâ€™s offensive coordinator and see what he can get out of Brady Quinn. Remember, Brady Quinn is from Cleveland if he can make him into a franchise quarterback or even a QB that can get the Browns into the playoffs on a regular basis, it would energize the Cleveland fan base. While it isnâ€™t as common now as it was in the 90s, there can still be a role for the superstar offensive coordinator.