Charlie Weiss tells Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that he spoke with Lions HC Matt Patricia about the team’s offensive coordinator job. However, Weiss says he did not interview for the position.
“We talked, but it never got to that point,” Weis said. “There was no interview. Matt and I are too close to go through an interview. If it ever would have happened, it would have been, ‘Hey, you want to come?’ And I would have said yes or no. It wouldn’t have been anything other than that.”
Weiss had been tossed out as a speculative option for the Lions, given that he has ties to Patricia.
“I said in the right situation (I wanted to get back in),” Weis said. “Well, the right situation didn’t materialize, that’s why I didn’t. It wasn’t like I didn’t have any opportunities, I did, but not in the right situation.”
In the end, the Lions hired Darrell Bevell to replace Jim Bob Cooter as their offensive coordinator.
Weiss, 62, began coaching football back in 1979. He took his first college coaching job as a graduate assistant/DBs coach at South Carolina in 1985.
The Giants eventually hired him as an assistant in 1990 and he would go on to have stints with the Patriots and Jets before he was hired as the head coach at Notre Dame in 2005. Weiss returned to the NFL for one season as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator before coaching at Florida and Kansas.
For his career at Notre Dame and Kansas, Weiss posted a record of 41-49 (45.5 percent).