Up for Discussion: Could Charlie Weis Be the New Chicago Bears Head Coach?

Scott OttersenCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2009

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 21: Head coach Charlie Weis of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches as his team takes on the Univeristy of Connecticut Huskies at Notre Dame Stadium on November 21, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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There are rumors floating around that Charlie Weis is interested in the head coaching position for the Chicago Bears.

With Lovie Smith flailing at the arms as the head coach, I am all for a change in the guard, but I'm not sure Charlie Weis is head coach material.

I will shy away from getting into specifics about his work at Notre Dame.  I have a feeling that his woes were more on the recruiting end, rather than system-wise.

But with that said, I still think he is better suited as an offensive coordinator.

And with Ron Turner needing to be fired, wouldn't the obvious choice be Charlie Weis?

With the success that he has had running the offense for the New England Patriots from 2000 to 2004 (winning three Super Bowls), wouldn't it be worth the charge to bring him in as the offensive coordinator?

How much of a risk would the Bears be taking by bringing him in with the promise that he can take over for Lovie Smith after his contract runs out (assuming the Bears' front office isn't going to let him go)?

I'm sure the major issue with bringing him in as a coordinator would be that he will be receiving offers for head coaching positions, but why not offer him the coordinator job right now?  What good is keeping Turner on to the end of the season and beyond?  This season is already a lost cause, so why not make the preemptive strike and offer him the job now?

His style of offense he ran in New England would work perfectly here in Chicago.  They based their offense behind a smash-mouth style of play, maximizing its time of possession.

He liked to set up the passing game by using the running game and play-action passes, which, if the Bears had a better line, they could utilize more often.

It used a spread wide open offense, as he liked to refer to it. With the speed the Bears have at receiver, and the talent they have at tight end and running back concerning catching the ball, the spread offense would be a perfect format for the Bears to run.

I believe the risk of bringing him on as the head coach would be worth it, considering Lovie is not doing that good of a job, but I would prefer they utilize his talents more and hire him as the offensive coordinator.

Which role do you think Weis would be best suited for the Bears?

Do you even want him on the coaching staff?