For the third time in two years, the Kansas City Chiefs will be learning a new offense. This time around it won’t be as drastic as the first two, but Bob Gretz takes a look at what the offense — inspired by former Patriots head coach Ron Erhardt — will look like.
“We are a game-plan offense and we will be a game-plan defense,” said Haley. “We will do things each week that we think our players do the best against the team we are facing. If you don’t think that way, then you are a system offense, fitting players into the system all the time. You are going to do what you do, and it’s not going to vary; you are less concerned with the opponent.
“That’s the two different thought processes that go into any offense and defense. We are game plan, not system. Both systems have worked in the league. We just choose to do things based on game plans.”
There have been cuts made to the scheme since Haley and Weis got together in January. They both have the foundation of the offense from their time with the Jets in the late 1990s, where Parcells was the head coach and he brought in Erhardt to teach the system to Weis, who became the offensive coordinator. Haley was offensive assistant and then wide receivers coach.
“The great thing about this situation is that when we were together back in the 90s, it was a pure form of the offense,” Haley said. “I guess you could say in my mind it’s become impure because when coaches that run the offense go somewhere else, things get changed. Whether it’s because of the personnel or terminology already in place, there are things that get added on, there becomes additional language.”
Though not much will be revealed during the first few sessions, it will be very interesting to see how the “language” has changed from what we were seeing at the end of last season.
The big question after Kansas City hired Weis was how well he and Haley would co-exist within the offense and just how different things look will go a long way to tell how comfortable the Chiefs head coach is with giving up the keys to the car.