As noted earlier, I’ll still be chiming in every now and then offering my thoughts on the Chiefs. So, I wanted to stop by and offer up a thought I had on the offensive coordinator situation. Let’s call this a Mini-Blueprint.
Here’s what I’m thinking:
1. Todd Haley, somewhat of an offensive mastermind himself, has too big of an ego to hand over the keys of the offense to just anybody (By the way, ego is a necessity for head coaches in the NFL.). But even he suggests that an ideal situation would allow him to focus on his head coaching duties.
2. College football offenses have been more inventive than pro ones for years now. Even the Wildcat was born in the college ranks, and the Dolphins only deployed it because they had two stud running backs, a quarterback with a pea-shooter arm and no receivers.
3. Offensive geniuses — like Bill Walsh, Don Coryell and Emory Bellard — only come around so often. Even Bellard himself calls Mike Leach an offensive genius.
4. The NFL is a passing league now. The workhorse back is a dying breed. Just look at the Vikings. In the first half on Monday they fed Adrian Peterson to a fault and got way behind. In the second half they basically went to a spread-type offense and damn near pulled off an amazing comeback.
5. Timing. Offensive coordinators like Mike Leach only come around so often. With a lot of the attention turned to unemployed established offensive masterminds like Charlie Weis and Mike Shanahan , a Leach signing could fly under the radar. Plus, since he was just fired and our season ends Sunday, we could beat a lot of teams to the punch.
6. Personnel. Jamaal Charles is a Texas Tech-like player. He’s got good hands, is good in space, and the quicker the play hits the better it is for him. Matt Cassel’s biggest weakness is the long ball. Even Dwayne Bowe excels on screens and racking up YAC (when he catches the ball). Speaking of Bowe’s hands, couldn’t the guy who coached Wes Welker to become the player he is today help D-Bowe remedy that severe case of the dropsies?
7. Attitude. His no-nonsense attitude might be a little overboard for the college game, but it would be a great fit for the Pioli Trinity and their effort to move away from the Vermeil/Herm “Adventures in Babysitting” years. I’ve also played the college game, and I can tell you from first-hand experience that coaches do things like this all the time.
Maybe I’m crazy, Addicts, but I think this could be the thing to really help this franchise take its next step. Thoughts?