Charlie Weis adjusts offensive duties

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas coach Charlie Weis is shaking up his assistant coaches' responsibilities in an attempt to jump-start the Jayhawks' struggling offense as they prepare to face No. 18 Oklahoma on Saturday.

Quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus will be in charge of the passing game, tight ends coach Jeff Blasko will take over the running game and Weis will oversee the offense and help coach skill positions.

Weis also wants input from the offensive coaches to help form the base for the game plan rather than formulating the majority of it himself.

"I felt that I had to back off a little bit or else we're never going to get any better," Weis said. "What happens a lot of time when you have a veteran coach that's been running offenses for a long time, sometimes you hold in ideas because the head coach or offensive coordinator already has a bunch of them on his own."

In other words, Weis acknowledged that he needs a little help.

Already, the offensive coaches are taking to the change.

"I think at times I was reluctant to open my mouth," Blasko said, "and now that I have the freedom to do so, I think it obviously helps."

The new coaching roles are just the latest idea Weis had to try to energize the team's offense, which ranks 115th in the Football Bowl Subdivision at 305 yards per game. He made 13 personnel changes to the starting offense in the past month, not including changes due to injuries.

"This is a large volume of changes," he said, "but really we only have so many alternatives now. We're at the point now where we're not going to throw names in a hat and pick out five and that's where we go. We have to start settling down into what we're going to be."

Before Kansas (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) played TCU last Saturday, Weis made six non-injury related changes to the offense. He made another this week as the Jayhawks prepare for the Sooners (5-1, 2-1).

"It's a bigger concern if you aren't willing to do things to try to fix them," Weis said. "I think we have an obligation as coaches, especially me, to give every effort we have to explore alternatives to try to make things better."