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posted January 06, 2010 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcchief   Click Here to Email kcchief     Edit/Delete Message

Haley sounds interested in Charlie Weis for Chiefs

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—All signs are pointing toward former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis becoming offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Coach Todd Haley, an old friend of Weis, said Wednesday that he would be a “good fit” calling plays for Kansas City, and Weis later told The Associated Press “there is action going on” between him and the Chiefs.

“Until a deal is done, I really can’t say anything,” Weis said from his home near South Bend, Ind.

“It’s not to be disrespectful of you or the Chiefs. I just think it’s really, really important for me, especially with the prospect of there being a relationship there, to make sure I handle this properly.”

Haley served as his own offensive coordinator during a rocky 4-12 season and does not want to continue wearing both hats. He and Weis became close friends when they shared a small office for three years as assistants with the New York Jets.

In addition, Weis has a relationship with Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, who was director of player personnel in New England when Weis was offensive coordinator for the Patriots’ Super Bowl teams.

“Charlie’s a guy I have a great amount of respect for as a coach,” Haley said at his final news conference of the season. “He’s a coach that system-wise, I would say we’re as close as you can be. Charlie’s a guy I consider a friend and I’ve talked to throughout the year, no different from some of the other guys I lean on for things and advice.”

Weis was dismissed last fall with a 35-27 record in five seasons at Notre Dame.

An announcement that he is joining the Chiefs could come as early as Thursday.

“When I have the opportunity to tell you something concrete, I’ll be more than happy given the proper forum to make sure I do that,” Weis said. “There are tons of positives about Kansas City. They are numerous. If that matriculates, I’ll be able to give you what they are. But we’ve just got to wait and let it play out. I’m sure that whatever happens will happen rather expeditiously.”

Haley has begun a staff evaluation and said he has already released offensive line coach Joe D’Allessandris and defensive line coach Tim Krumrie. Many fans also hope defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast will be replaced, possibly by former Cleveland coach Romeo Crennel, who also worked with Pioli at New England.

Haley was noncommittal about Crennel and Pendergast.

“No conversations in that order to this point,” he said.

But he did nothing to temper rumors that Weis could be headed for Kansas City after being fired by Notre Dame six weeks ago.

“I would want to make sure the fit is a good one and Charlie would allow us to run the offense we’ve been running if he were in this mix,” Haley said.

The emergence of running back Jamaal Charles(notes), voted the team’s MVP, gives the offense something to build on next season no matter who the coordinator is.

“I really believe we were able to lay a foundation for the Kansas City Chiefs,” Haley said. “We were able to set expectations for our players of what’s expected of them both schematically and offseason, in season and practice — the way we’re going to do things as a team on a consistent basis. I believe that foundation was laid.

“It was a very difficult year, a year we were able to make progress, as evidenced by the way the season wound down.”

The Chiefs are expected to be busy in the offseason trying to fill gaping needs, including defensive back, wide receiver, linebacker, defensive line and tight end.

They pick fifth in April’s draft. The could have picked third, but instead ended Haley’s rookie year on a rousing high by beating Denver 44-24 in the season finale.

Haley admitted his first year as a head coach was a learning experience, and he was often criticized for game decisions, clock management and the seemingly inconsistent way of punting or not punting on fourth down. He gained a league-wide reputation as a tough, demanding overlord, screaming at players during games; in his first meeting with four-time Pro Bowl guard and team leader Brian Waters(notes), Haley bragged that he could “take 22 guys off the street” and win more than the two games the 2008 Chiefs had won.

Might his reputation hurt the chances of signing highly sought free agents?

“I’m going to stay with the basic philosophy which I’ve always coached, which is if that deters somebody or keeps somebody from wanting to be a part of what we’re building, then we probably didn’t want them in the first place,” he said.

“I want mentally tough guys because if you’re mentally tough and you’re physically tough, things don’t bother you,” Haley said. “You’re able to keep a tough exterior shell which is impenetrable. And when you have players and coaches who have that mindset, generally you’ll be able to handle everything thrown at you.”

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Crennel hired as Chiefs’ defensive coordinator

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Romeo Crennel is the new defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The team confirmed the hiring on Thursday. Crennel is a former defensive coordinator at New England and was fired as head coach at Cleveland back in 2008.

Chiefs coach Todd Haley says he first offered Crennel the job last year, but Crennel decided to sit out a year. He was recovering from hip surgery, and doctors told him it would probably be June before he could resume the rigors of coaching.

Crennel says he felt that would be unfair to Haley and the Chiefs.

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Camp Confidential: Kansas City Chiefs
By Bill Williamson NFL Power Ranking (pre-camp): 27

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Sure, Scott Pioli and Todd Haley would rather their Kansas City Chiefs program was further along than it is as they approach the second preseason game of their second summer at the helm.

But they know it’s a long process. And the process is taking shape.

“I’ve been a part of great teams,” said Pioli, who was an executive in New England during its glory years. “We’re not there, but I’m encouraged. I feel better than I did this time last year.”

Camp Confidential: AFC West

Raiders: July 31
Chargers: Aug. 3
Broncos: Aug. 11
Chiefs: Aug. 18

• Training camp index
Pioli and Haley, whom Pioli hired as a first-time head coach in 2009, knew it would be a challenge when they took over a Kansas City team that won a combined six games in 2007 and '08. The Chiefs were not much better last season, finishing 4-12, but the team did make strides late in the year.

“I knew last year wasn’t going to be easy or fun or smooth or comfortable,” Haley said. “And it lived up to expectations. ... But we were building a program and trying to change things. We’re doing it our way.”

As a result, Pioli and Haley have seen progress this offseason and so far in camp.

“It’s apples and oranges,” Haley said. “I really like what we’re seeing. We still have a long way to go and we haven't done anything yet, but we are seeing the pieces come together in this program.”

Matt Cassel threw for 2,924 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.
That’s all the team’s brass can ask for from this young, intriguing team.


1. Is quarterback Matt Cassel getting better? It’s difficult to say quite yet. The word is that he has been better at times during camp, but he didn’t do much against Atlanta in the first preseason game. It’s time Cassel is unleashed and given the chance to show what he can do. The team is being very careful with him. Cassel has better weapons this year. With a better supporting cast, Cassel should be better in his second season in Kansas City. But we just haven’t seen it yet. His ability to lead Kansas City will very likely, once again, be a major storyline heading into the regular season.

2. What’s the influence of the two new coordinators? We are seeing a more disciplined, organized Kansas City team this camp. Much of the reason is because Haley is in his second season and everything usually flows better in a second season of a new era. Haley also acknowledges the presence of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel helps. The two veteran coaches, who were a big part of New England’s dynasty days, give valuable experience to Haley’s staff and bring a real presence to this team. This is a young team that has responded well to the top-notch coaching. The Chiefs are still very much a work in progress, but Weis and Crennel are helping bring this program up to speed.

“I think we have more continuity this year because of who we added to the staff,” Pioli said. “We all have history together.”

Tamba Hali had 8.5 sacks in 2009, but the Chiefs need to get more of a consistent pass rush.
3. Where’s the pass rush coming from? We don’t know yet and that is worrisome. How are the Chiefs going to be a real contender if they don’t have a legitimate pass rush? This has been a problem in Kansas City since Jared Allen was shipped to Minnesota in 2008. We all know the Chiefs didn’t want to sign Allen to a long-term deal and we know the Chiefs got a decent bounty in return for him, but the truth is the pass rush has been almost non-existent since he left. In Allen’s first year away, the Chiefs set an NFL record for the fewest sacks in a season with 10. Last year, the pass rush was anemic as well. The lone legitimate pass-rusher on the team is Tamba Hali. He often hurries the quarterback, but he has little help. There haven’t been many people in training camp to stand up and show Kansas City they are ready to help Hali either. Thus, this may continue to be a major weak spot in Kansas City.


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Christopher Harris looks at the potential fantasy value for Dwayne Bowe, who was a disappointment last season. Harris
Many Kansas City fans were in an uproar when Thomas Jones was listed as the starter on the camp depth chart. Jamaal Charles looked like the league’s next star running back when he finished with 1,120 yards last season after becoming the starter at midseason. Jones was signed as a free agent this offseason to complement Charles and to keep him fresh. Still, having Jones at the top of the depth chart was an indication that Charles could be buried. Don’t worry about it, though. Despite the surprising depth-chart look, Charles will get plenty of carries. This should be a dynamite pair.

“I really like where this running game is going,” Cassel said. “A good running game is a quarterback’s best friend and I think it can really help us.”


One of the reasons the Kansas City front seven has yet to establish itself is the lack of impact made by the team’s last two first-round picks. That can be a killer to the team. Glenn Dorsey was the No. 5 overall pick in 2008 and Tyson Jackson was the No. 3 overall pick last year. Both are starters, but neither player has had a major impact. These are supposed to be cornerstone players. If Dorsey doesn’t get it in his third season, when will he?

The Chiefs expect rookie Eric Berry to make an immediate impact in the secondary.

* The Chiefs’ rookie class has the camp buzzing. Safeties Eric Berry (first round) and Kendrick Lewis (fifth), running back/receiver Dexter McCluster (second), cornerback/returner Javier Arenas (second) and tight end Tony Moeaki (third) have all stood out. Each of those players has a chance to make major contributions right away. This has a chance to be a dynamic group.
* After spending much of last season in Haley’s doghouse, linebacker Derrick Johnson is still not working with the first team. Still, Johnson is too talented not to have a role on this team.
* This has been a physical camp. Of the team’s 27 camp practices, 25 have been in pads. There’s no doubt Haley wants to make this one of the most physical teams in the league.
* Receiver Dwayne Bowe looks to be in decent shape. Bowe has had his issues under Haley, but he seems to be working fairly hard as he is about to enter a pivotal season in his career.
* Keep an eye on defensive tackle Derek Lokey. He could play a big role.
* Backup quarterback Brodie Croyle had looked pretty good in camp before suffering an arm injury. It wouldn’t be a shock if there is some interest from other teams in the former starter if he can return to health fairly soon.
* The Kansas City offensive line is improved, but right tackle Ryan O'Callaghan has struggled some. It could be a problem area.
* The Chiefs love the big leg of second-year kicker Ryan Succop. He missed two 53-yarders at Atlanta, but the team has no problem letting him rip on long attempts.
* Restricted free-agent safety Jarrad Page is staging what is the league’s quietest holdout. Nobody seems to care, the Chiefs included. They have clearly moved on with the youngsters at safety. Page could be dumped for a low draft pick at some point.
* Arenas could push third-year man Brandon Carr for some playing time at right cornerback. Arenas is good in man-to-man coverage, which the Chiefs like. Carr is more of a Cover 2 guy.
* The Chiefs have practiced the Wildcat some. With players such as Charles and McCluster available to operate it, this could be a very nice occasional wrinkle for Kansas City to use.

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Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles limps off against Eagles

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles(notes) limped away near the end of the first half of Friday night’s preseason game after being forced out of bounds by Philadelphia’s Nate Allen(notes).

Charles, who rushed for 1,120 yards last season, took a short pass from Matt Cassel(notes) and was just going out of bounds when Allen pushed him out with a hit around the ankles. He seemed to be holding his right arm but it was not immediately clear where Charles was hurt.

The half ended with Philadelphia leading 10-7.

Charles set a team one-game rushing record against Denver last year with 259 yards.

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This time Cassel has weapons around him
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By Jason King, Yahoo! Sports Aug 31, 10:17 pm EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three months ago, on their first night at home since returning from the hospital, Matt and Lauren Cassel awoke to the cries of their newborn daughter, Quinn.

“My wife jumped out of bed to see what the problem was,” Cassel said. “Then she started crying because she couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Our dog sleeps in our room, and it was barking the whole time.”

“It was a crazy situation,” he said. “I just kind of stood there and said, ‘What can I do?’ ”

It was a rare moment of helplessness for Cassel, who has a history of keeping his composure in tough situations. Whether it meant hiding under a kitchen table as the roof of his childhood home collapsed during an earthquake, leading his youth baseball team to the championship game of the Little League World Series, wowing scouts as a previously obscure backup at USC’s pro day or replacing an injured Tom Brady(notes) in New England, Cassel has always found a way to flourish in the face of adversity.

This year, though, he may be facing his biggest challenge yet.

As the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, Cassel is hoping to reverse the fortunes of a franchise that has gone 6-26 the last two years and hasn’t won a playoff game since the 1993 season.

“I’m excited about this kid,” Chiefs coach Todd Haley. “He’s still developing. He’s still making progress. For him to go into this year with a stable environment should make a big difference.”

A “stable environment” is something Cassel didn’t have in 2009, when the Chiefs went 4-12 in his first season under center. While some of the blame falls on Cassel, the bigger problem was the lack of depth and talent surrounding him.

Kansas City went out of its way during the offseason to address that problem. Veteran running back Thomas Jones(notes), who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards for five straight seasons, was added to bolster a ground game that also includes rising star Jamaal Charles(notes).

The team re-signed free-agent receiver Chris Chambers(notes) and selected playmaker Dexter McCluster(notes) in the second round of last spring’s draft. Ryan Lilja(notes), who won a Super Bowl ring as a starter for the Colts, was added to the offensive line along with former Pro-Bowler Casey Wiegmann(notes).

The most influential newcomer, though, has been offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, who said during training camp that his No. 1 mission was to “fix the quarterback.”

Chiefs fans may not be expecting a playoff appearance – not yet, at least. But enough pieces are in place now to become a competitor.

If, of course, Cassel does his job effectively. His teammates believe he will.

“It should be a different feel for Matt now,” Chambers said. “The [management] did a good job of surrounding him with more talent and players who can make plays to take some pressure off of him.”

Chambers smiled.

“Then again,” he said, “there’s always going to be pressure on the quarterback, no matter what he does.”

Peer into Cassel’s past, and it’s obvious he’s able to flourish in difficult situations.

Cassel was 11 in January of 1994, when a massive, early-morning earthquake in his hometown of Northridge, Calif. sent the water from his family’s swimming pool slamming through the doors of the room where he was sleeping.
Matt Cassel will make a point to improve a Chiefs offense that ranked 25th last year and scored 14 or fewer points eight times.
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Instead of panicking, Cassel and his 13-year-old brother, Jack, hurried into the kitchen and hid under a table as the roof caved in around them. All but destroyed, Cassel’s home was condemned and, for the next few months, he and his family were forced to live in hotels while the city worked its way back from a natural disaster that killed 72 people and caused an estimated $25 billion in property damage.

The following summer, Cassel led his Little League baseball team – the Earthquake Kids – to the championship game of the Little League World Series. He would later quarterback Chatsworth High School to the city divisional football championship at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1998.

Cassel hoped to have the same kind of success at USC, but instead he spent four years backing up Heisman winners Carson Palmer(notes) and Matt Leinart(notes). At one point Cassel’s chances of an NFL career seemed so slim that he skipped spring football practice prior to his senior year so he could play for the Trojans’ baseball team.

He did well enough to get drafted in the 36th round by the Oakland A’s in 2004 but decided to return to the gridiron, where his closest thing to a collegiate highlight came when he recovered an on-sides kick to preserve a victory over rival UCLA.

Rather than mope about his lack of opportunities in college and call it quits, Cassel carried a positive attitude into USC’s pro day in 2005, and it paid off.

“On our timing day, Matt just hit it,” former Trojans coach Pete Carroll told reporters two years ago. “He was lights out. He whipped the ball all over the field. He’s got a great arm and he’s a terrific-looking athlete. Afterwards, it was like a rock star. The scouts all came up to him and wanted to get his number. A lot of guys weren’t even sure who he was. It all happened in about 20 minutes.”

Cassel was selected by New England in the seventh round of the 2005 draft and spent the next three years backing up Brady. Cassel got his chance when Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury against – coincidentally – Kansas City in the 2008 opener. He came off the bench to guide his team to a victory that day, and the Patriots finished 11-5 overall.

By the time Brady was healthy again, Cassel was nowhere to be found, as the Chiefs signed him to a six-year, $63 million contract. In one year, a guy whose last start came in a 1998 high school football game had turned into one of the hottest quarterbacks in the NFL.

Even now, when Cassel struggles with the Chiefs, Haley is quick to point out that he’s still somewhat inexperienced.

“It was overwhelming at first,” Cassel said of last season’s big contract and move to Kansas City. “Everyone is looking at you like, ‘Who are you? What are you about?’ You have to build all new relationships. Especially for a guy that’s the quarterback of the team. You have to come in and establish a leadership role.”

That wasn’t always easy in 2009. Instead of playing for a perennial Super Bowl contender like New England, Cassel was attempting to help resurrect a downtrodden franchise while adapting to a first-year head coach in Haley.

“We were all disappointed in how last year went,” Cassel said. “Coming in, with the new regime, we all had an idea that we were going to be more successful than we were.”

Not that it was all Cassel’s fault.

Kansas City’s receivers led the league in drops, and the team’s inability to run the ball during the first half of the season allowed opponents to focus more on the passing game. Cassel was sacked 42 times in 2009 – the fourth-most in the league – and he threw as many interceptions (16) as touchdown passes.

Kansas City’s offense ranked 25th in the NFL and had eight games in which it scored 14 points or fewer. That the unit showed marked improvement during the second half of the season was impressive considering the Chiefs were without an offensive coordinator, as Haley fired Chan Gailey before the first game.

“I envisioned the transition being a little more seamless,” Haley said. “For a lot of different reasons, that didn’t happen. It was no fault of [Cassel’s]. I mean, we got to a point where we were signing guys off the street and starting them on Sundays. That makes it tough on a quarterback.

“The quarterback position, when you start to change the variables, that position more than any is going to be affected by the change.”

Along with changing teams, Haley pointed out that Cassel was adjusting to a new city and meeting new teammates that needed time to adapt to his style. Even though he knew making changes to his coaching staff was the right thing to do, Haley said he realized it put Cassel in a tough position.

“He walked into a very difficult situation, and it wasn’t going to get any better for awhile,” Haley said. “That was much clearer to a lot of us early on than it was to the general public. What encouraged me is that he continued to work and get better.”

Haley leans forward in his chair.

“The thing I love about Matt is that he wants to be good,” he said. “He wants to be a championship quarterback. You bring up football in a conversation with him and his eyes [light up]. He likes to talk about football.

“Most of the good quarterbacks I’ve been around, whether it’s [Tony] Romo or Kurt [Warner] or whoever, they like to talk about football. It’s their passion. And Matt is a workout warrior – very similar to those guys I just mentioned.”

That inner drive paid off when Kansas City closed the 2009 regular season with a 44-24 victory over rival Denver. Cassel threw for 207 yards and Charles rushed for 259. A week later, Chris Chambers heard from a friend who had stopped by the team’s headquarters at Arrowhead Stadium.

“All the other players were on vacation,” Chambers said, “and Matt was already back there working out, getting ready for 2010. That set a pretty good example for everyone in this locker room.”

Cassel shrugged when reminded of that story.

“We ended the year on a high note by beating Denver,” Cassel said, “but at the same time, we kind of had a bitter taste in our mouths. We were like, ‘Hey, next year, we’re going to do what it takes to get this thing turned around.’

“It all starts with me.”

Comments such as those are why Cassel continues to earn more and more praise from his teammates, who already knew he was a fun-loving guy who isn’t immune to singing Backstreet Boys songs on karaoke night or getting into “Prank Wars” with friends.

A few years ago, Brady had someone remove the tires of Cassel’s car during practice and place them in front of his locker. The following day a group of offensive linemen responded by pouring bags and bags of Styrofoam peanuts through Brady’s sunroof. Cassel vows it wasn’t his idea.

Still, while those things are important when it comes to developing team camaraderie, Cassel knows that true leadership comes on the field and in the meeting rooms.

“He wants to be on the same page with everyone on the field,” McCluster said. “He knows what’s going on with everybody. After practice, he’ll pull me to the side and say, ‘I was thinking this-and-that on this route. What were you thinking?’

“We’ve sat down and watched film together and talked a lot in the locker room. He’s very helpful. He wants to be that leader.”

Receiver Jerheme Urban(notes) agreed.

“He’s a young guy that’s coming into his own,” Urban said. “He’s got one of those infectious quarterback personalities. It carries over onto the field and makes the guys willing to follow him.”

With the season-opener against San Diego less than two weeks away (on Monday Night Football, no less) Cassel said he couldn’t be happier with the direction of the Chiefs.

Along with sharing a tight bond with Haley – “we’re going to be attached at the hip,” the coach said – Cassel is continuing to enhance his relationship with Weis, who is a fiery coach just like Haley.

“We’ve provided an environment that’s very healthy – especially for a developing quarterback,” Haley said.

Haley said every signal-caller needs to have a coordinator they can “call in the middle of the night.” Cassel and Weis may not be at that point, but they’re getting there.

“It’s a work in progress,” Cassel said. “Every quarterback has to have that personal relationship with their coordinator and get to know them. That process is still ongoing, but I think we have a very healthy and productive relationship. I’ve learned a lot from him in the short time we’ve been together.”

Charles, the running back, said Weis’ tough love approach is working with Cassel.

“When we’re on the field it’s, “M.F. this and M.F. that,’ ” Charles said of Weis. “It’s business time. Sometimes Matt gets to joking and everything, but Charlie puts him back in his place. Charlie has him calm and prepared for the game and focused. He’s learning a lot from Charlie. They have a real good connection.

“It gets heated sometimes. Sometimes it’s not going to be perfect. Sometimes it’s not going to be good. It’s ugly sometimes. That’s how it is with football. It’s [about] coming together as a team.”

Still, Cassel, Charles and the rest of the Chiefs know that an early win or two would be the best way to strengthen their chemistry. This team may still be building but, offensively, Kansas City feels it has enough firepower to compete with most of the opponents on its schedule.

Jamaal Charles, Thomas Jones, Dwayne Bowe(notes), Chris Chambers, Dexter McCluster.

And, of course, Matt Cassel(notes).

“Don’t forget,” Chambers said, “at the quarterback position, sometimes it takes three, four or five years to really get going. Hopefully Matt is just getting started.”

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Oh boy - real test this week for my undefeated Chiefs - the Colts in Indianapolis -

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel(notes) missed Wednesday’s practice and his availability for this weekend’s AFC West showdown at San Diego wasn’t immediately known.

Coach Todd Haley said Cassel had an undisclosed illness and wouldn’t discuss his quarterback’s availability for Sunday’s game. The Chiefs have a two-game lead over the Chargers in the division with four to play.

Haley also said it’s only a coincidence that third-string quarterback Tyler Palko(notes) was promoted off the practice squad Wednesday. The backup is Brodie Croyle(notes), who has not played this season.

In his second season as Kansas City’s starter, Cassel has blossomed into one of the league’s most consistent quarterbacks. His four interceptions are the lowest total among NFL quarterbacks, and he’s a prime reason the Chiefs are 8-4.

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Chiefs’ Cassel on field Wednesday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Quarterback Matt Cassel(notes) is back practicing with the Kansas City Chiefs, one week after undergoing an appendectomy that kept him out of Sunday’s loss at San Diego.

The Chiefs have not yet announced whether Cassel will play Sunday against St. Louis.

Cassel worked in non-contract drills Wednesday, handing off to running backs Jamaal Charles(notes) and Thomas Jones(notes), and completing long passes to receivers Terrence Cooper and Verran Tucker(notes).

Cassel has completed 59.9 percent of his passes this season with 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions. With Cassel out, the Chiefs offense struggled with quarterback Brodie Croyle(notes) in a 31-0 loss to the Chargers.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida has confirmed that former Notre Dame Fighting Irish coach Charlie Weis will be Will Muschamp's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Florida's announcement follows Sunday's confirmation by the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs that Weis would be leaving the team to again join the college ranks. Weis will remain as offensive coordinator of the Chiefs through the postseason.

Following Sunday's regular season-ending loss to the Raiders, Weis said the Florida job will not be a distraction to him as he helps Kansas City prepare for its upcoming wild-card playoff game.

"I will do everything I can to help the Chiefs be successful,'' Weis told reporters Sunday. "I'm working for the Chiefs as long as we can make this work. Now that we're in the tournament, I'm hoping we play until February.

"I've gone through this once before [leaving the New England Patriots' staff to be the coach at Notre Dame], so I have a very good reference on how to separate family business from work. Fortunately, after going through it the last time, I had a very good experience. You go to work, you work all day. You do everything in preparation [for the game] and at the end of the day, if there's something else that has to be done, that's the time you do it."

The Gators also announced Monday that they have hired Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator and defensive line coach, Frank Verducci as offensive line coach and running game coordinator and George Wynn as director of football operations.

Quinn has spent the past 10 seasons coaching defense in the NFL, including the past two seasons as the Seahawks' defensive line coach. He worked alongside Muschamp when they were both Miami Dolphins assistants.

Verducci coached at Notre Dame in 2009 after eight seasons in the NFL with Cleveland (2007-08), Buffalo (2004-05), Dallas (2002) and Cincinnati (1999-2001).

Wynn comes to Florida after serving the past six seasons at assistant athletic director for football operations at Texas.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Pro Bowl wide receiver Dwayne Bowe(notes) is back at practice for Kansas City.

Pro Bowl left guard Brian Waters(notes) wasn’t seen on Thursday.

Bowe and Waters were both absent from Wednesday’s practice for what Chief’s coach Todd Haley said was illness.

The Chiefs host Baltimore on Sunday in the first round of the AFC playoffs.

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