LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Rotating players on the depth chart hasn't worked so well for Kansas this season, so now coach Charlie Weis is shaking up coaching responsibilities to jump-start his struggling team.
Weis announced Tuesday that he would change how the offensive staff operates. 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 said he wants to receive input from the offensive coaches, and let their ideas form the base for the game plan rather than formulating the majority of it himself.
The first chance to showcase all the changes comes Saturday against No. 18 Oklahoma.
"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 bit of 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 and energize his struggling offense, which is 115th in the Football Bowl Subdivision at 305 yards per game. He made 13 personnel changes to his 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 fall camp, Weis harped about the Jayhawks' depth and even joked he could finally piece together a two-deep. Turns out it's not much of a laughing matter anymore.