March 21, 2009 // Notre Dame Football

Weis Will Coach from the Field… For Now

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007081129489_notre_dame_at_uscOne 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?

Comments to this Article

  • JD commented on March 21st, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I think weis will stay on the side line for a long as his legs will let him! A head coach belongs on the side line with his players and we all know that weis likes to yell at the refs so that would be pretty hard from the booth! like he said he will have coachs up there letting him know whats going on and im sure with his job on the line this year he will listen to what they are telling him(not that he didnt in the past) im sure the irish will have a good year im guessing arond a 10 win season and maybe just maybe they beat usc! GO IRISH and put up as miny videos of spring practice as you can i really enjoy witching the players practice!

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  • jason_h537 commented on March 21st, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    i agree that coach weis should stay on the sideline. im not sure if someone said it here or on another site, but i like the idea of him coaching in the booth for USC. pull out all the stops. i dont wanna beat USC. i wanna embarass them.

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  • DirtySecret commented on March 22nd, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    jason_h537

    He won’t go up for to the booth for just one game. I do believe he stated in a press conference that once you go up to the booth, your are up there for good. There no back and forth for certain games.

    He should of went to the booth because I think the kids play more uptight when he is on the sidelines..

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  • Chris commented on March 23rd, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Does it really matter that a head coach is on the field? Weis has hired many other coaches who would be able to handle being down there with the players, i.e. Corwin Brown who is a players coach. I think it would be smart as the offensive playcaller to be able to view the field from above and pick apart those defenses. Just my opinion, but a good one at that!

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  • doug commented on March 24th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    i don’t care where he coaches.
    just win charlie. just win!

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