When Todd Haley and the Kansas City Chiefs were looking to replace Charlie Weis, it was widely assumed they would bring in another pass-happy offensive coordinator. Instead, Bill Muir got the call and The Star’s Adam Teicher caught up with former Chiefs QB coach Terry Shea to talk about the rarity of having a line coach serve as coordinator, but also how it can be a good thing.
“It’s tough for an offensive-line coach to become a coordinator in this day and age. He’d better be sharp or he’d better have someone at his hip who knows what you need to know about the passing game.”
The pass is head coach Todd Haley’s area of expertise, so the promotion of Muir makes a lot of sense if Haley winds up calling the plays. Haley wouldn’t say when announcing Muir as the coordinator last week, but the situation has all the signs of the head coach serving as the play-caller.
Twenty-nine of the 32 NFL teams have a designated offensive coordinator or a clearly defined situation where the head coach serves as one. Of those 29, only three have coordinators with coaching roots mostly in the offensive line.
Besides Muir, the others are in Houston and Green Bay. In both of those situations, the head coach calls the plays.
“If a head coach is going to call the plays, having a line coach who’s obviously very strong in the running game makes for a very nice combination,” said Shea.
If the Chiefs offense can operate as well as the Texans and Packers, I don’t think anyone will have an issue with Muir serving as the offensive coordinator. Both those teams are a perfect blue print for how Kansas City wants to operate.
Even with Haley’s background in the passing game, don’t expect the down field attack that Houston and Green Bay bring to the table, but it’s a case of a head coach being able to call the plays without it seeming like the end of the world.
Let’s not forget that the Chiefs will be bringing back the league’s leading rushing offense. So while the NFL is most centered around the passing game, something that will eventually need to become a bigger part of the Kansas City offense, until the weapons in the air match those on the ground, don’t expect an aerial assault.