Chiefs promote Muir to OC

The Kansas City Chiefs’ long search for an offensive coordinator is over.

After searching more than three weeks for Charlie Weis’ replacement, Kansas City head coach promoted offensive line coach Bill Muir to offensive coordinator. Muir will remain the line coach as well.

I will have more thoughts on this later my 2 p.m. chat. In the meantime, here is the Chiefs’ release on the promotion:

The Kansas City Chiefs named Bill Muir offensive coordinator/offensive line coach on Thursday. Muir enters his third season as a member of the Chiefs coaching staff in 2011 after spending the past two years as offensive line coach.

Muir begins his 34th season in the NFL. He previously served as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for seven seasons with Tampa Bay (2002-08) and was part of a Buccaneers club that posted a 48-21 victory in Super Bowl XXXVII vs. Oakland. While he was in Tampa Bay, the club won three division championships as the team posted a 3-2 postseason record during that time.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Bill's caliber take over the role of offensive coordinator,” Haley said. “Bill’s depth of experience, his championship success as a coach and as a coordinator is widely respected around the league, and he will serve our young and veteran players very well and provide critical continuity as we continue to develop on offense.”

Prior to his tenure with Tampa Bay, Muir spent seven campaigns with the Jets (’95-01) as the club’s offensive line coach on an offensive coaching staff that included Haley and Chiefs assistant head coach Maurice Carthon. Prior to joining the Jets, Muir spent three seasons as the offensive line coach with Philadelphia (’92-94). In three seasons with Indianapolis (’89-91), he served as assistant head coach/offensive line coach (’91) and defensive coordinator (’89-90). Before that, he tutored the offensive line with Detroit (’85-88) and New England (’82-84). He originally entered the NFL ranks in the personnel department with Tampa Bay (’78-81) where he served as a pro scout (’79-81) and a scout (’78). Muir served as the offensive line coach with Houston/Shreveport (’74-75) of the World Football League and with Orlando (’68-69) of the Continental League.

Muir also has nine years of collegiate coaching experience. He was an assistant coach at SMU (’76-77), Idaho State (’72-73), Rhode Island (’70-71), Delaware Valley (’66-67) and Susquehanna (’65). He was a standout tackle at Susquehanna and was inducted into that school’s Hall of Fame in ’90 after being named one of the school’s “Top 100” players of all-time.