Charlie Weis To Return To Patriots?

Mike AllenCorrespondent INovember 28, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06:  Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis of the New England Patriots on the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Rumor has it that Charlie Weis, head coach at the University of Notre Dame for the past five seasons, will hear his fate when the team returns from it's game versus Stanford today in California.

Weis, with a .573 won loss record for those five years, has a lower winning percentage than the two previous head coaches, both of whom were fired as Notre Dame head coaches.

If Weis is let go by Notre Dame, it is said that he has about $18 million dollars remaining on his contract which the university will be required to pay him—unless they reach an agreement.

All that being said, why would he want to continue coaching football?

In my opinion, the answer is that he has always had a strong desire to be a head coach in the National Football League.

When no team offered him a head coaching position, he agreed to fill the high profile vacancy at his alma-mater, Notre Dame.

For two seasons at Notre Dame, he had reasonable success, guiding the Irish to two BCS bowl games.

However, things turned sour in the past three seasons and as many know, the Notre Dame alumni have very short fuses.  Winning is everything in South Bend.

If things do not go well for Charlie, there is a lot of speculation that he could return to the Patriots, either as the offensive coordinator, assistant head coach, and heir to the throne currently occupied by Bill Belichick.

That would seem to be very logical, but will Weis be willing to wait for Belichick to retire before he becomes the head coach of the Patriots, if in fact that is what is in the cards?

I believe there will be a monkey wrench thrown into the equation.  I look for Weis to be offered a head coaching position, right away, by the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills are in the market for a "name" head coach.  Several names have been mentioned, including former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher.

Cowher currently is working as an NFL TV analyst and has said that he is not interested the Bills head coaching position.

If that is true, then, in my opinion, the logical choice for the Bills would be Weis. He has years of experience with the Patriots in the AFC East, the same division the Bills play in and his familiarity makes him the front runner. 

The next few days should be very interesting.

Of course, there is still one other option.  And that, of course, is if Notre Dame opts to keep him rather than shelling out a huge amount of cash for a coach who will not be roaming the sidelines.


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