Charlie Weis: I'll Coach in NFL Next Year
But prior to taking over at Notre Dame in 2005, Weis put together a successful career as an NFL assistant -- his best work coming as the Patriots' offensive coordinator from 2000-04, a stretch during which New England won three Super Bowls.
Saturday, Weis met with reporters and said that he will be back in the NFL for the 2010 season.
"I'm going to coach in the NFL next year. I have no idea for who," Weis said, according to Rivals.com. All those stories that there have been 100 teams that have contacted me, that's a bunch of garbage. First of all, I wouldn't talk to anyone until after I was fired.
"I've probably had guys from 15 different teams text me and say, 'How are you doing?', including some guys you probably wouldn't even expect. Mark Sanchez -- 'Coach, I just want to know how you're doing.' The same Mark Sanchez who I texted last year and told him how great he played, and he said, 'Is this somebody just messing with me?' He thought it was just someone who was busting his chops."
Weis has no financial need to rush back into coaching -- his buyout at Notre Dame was rumored to be for as much as $18 million.
New England would seem to be a likely landing spot for Weis. He and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick have both said that they stay in touch with each other, and there's currently not an offensive coordinator on the Patriots' staff after Josh McDaniels left following the 2008 season to become head coach in Denver.
Weis could be an outside candidate for an NFL head coaching job himself, though that might be a longshot and it's not known if he would even have interest in such a move. We do know, though, that he wants to get back in the NFL soon -- and he expects that to happen.
"I'll coach on Sundays next year," Weis said. "I don't know where. But the dust will settle, and in January, I'll probably end up taking a job."