In the hours following Kansas’ 27-17 loss to TCU, last Saturday, head coach Charlie Weis reviewed the game film as he always does before meeting with his team again and came to a conclusion regarding the struggles of his offense. He realized that he needs to do whatever it takes to get the team going, even if it comes at the coach’s expense.
With that, Weis is changing up his approach to how his team runs its offense, choosing to implement a similar strategy to how he’s changed the team’s defense, which has shown remarkable improvement over last year and especially, the two years before. Essentially, Weis is choosing to coordinate the offense by committee, as Kansas prepares to face Oklahoma, Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
“I will do anything, absolutely anything to give us a chance to win, except cheating,” Weis said.
In the new setup, quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus will run the passing game, while tight ends coach Jeff Blasko will coordinate the running game. This will allow Weis to focus more on the position players, as well as working with his quarterbacks. This setup will be how the Kansas offense operates the remainder of the season.
In addition to the new role, Weis has begun sitting in on position meetings and working with the position players during individual drills during practice. This allows him to have a greater focus on shoring up problems that have hindered the Jayhawks through the first five games of their 2-3 start.
“That’s not great for him, but it’s great for me,” Weis said.
The changes come on the heels of many struggles by the Kansas offense, culminating with Saturday’s struggles in the loss to the Horned Frogs, in which the defense was solid, keeping Kansas in the game into the final minutes. In fact, the game was a one possession affair until TCU tacked on a field goal late.
With the new setup, Weis is calling on his assistants to have a greater input into what the team does offensively, sacrificing his level of input at offensive coordinator. Truth is, despite what critics say, Weis could care less about his ego, he just wants to fix the problems and help Kansas start winning some games.
“It’s not an easy thing to do, but really, I’m doing it because I believe Kansas football needs it,” Weis said. “Because, I really don’t care about my ego, I just want to get better and win.”