One of the hot topics so far this off-season has been the idea of Charlie Weis coaching from the booth after the success he had calling plays in the Hawaii Bowl from the booth. On Friday though, Weis was quick to mention that his intention for the 2009 season is to coach from the field. Here’s exactly what Weis has to say about his reasoning.
My intent is to coach the game from the field. That is my intent. Okay? As (Bill) Parcells said years ago, I reserve the right to change my mind, but that is my intent.
I talked to people at the collegiate level and pro level, from Andy Reid right on down. By a very, very large majority, almost everyone I talked to were overwhelming thinking I was thinking way outside the box.
Look, I got bad knees. Everyone knows that I just got reconstruction on the right knee. I didn’t do it on the left knee. Could I end up upstairs based off of physical reasons some day? Yes, I could. But my intent is to coach from the field. I’ve gone over the plan with the coaching staff. Coach Ianello would go upstairs and be responsible for the touches. Coach Parmalee would go upstairs and be responsible for the fronts and the blitzes. Okay. That’s their job description on a weekly basis when it comes to scouting reports. So we’ve already gone over this and as of right now, that’s my intent.
As recently as last month, Weis had considered coaching from the booth after he had named himself the offensive coordinator for the 2009 season, but for now at least, the plan is to coach from the field. While I think coaching from the booth makes a lot of sense for a play caller, the perception of Weis, the head coach, coahcing from the booth would not have been good and would have been used against Notre Dame on the recruiting trail. On the other hand, considering the pressure that there is on Weis to win this year, I think it’s in his best interest to do whatever it takes to win the most games because if he doens’t win this year, it won’t matter what opposing coaches are using against him on the recruiting front.
Weis did leave himself some wiggle room here though so that in the he could make the transition to the booth because of his knees so the concept of him coaching up top won’t go away over the next few months until he’s actually seen on the field calling games.
I see the merits behind both decisions here, but how does everyone else feel about Weis coaching from the sidelines vs. the booth in 2009?