What Paris football offense, special teams might be like under new coach Jeff Weaver

Jamie Varnell
Paris Express

The Paris football team found its next leader after the school board approved at a special-called meeting that Jeff Weaver would be the Eagles coach.

Weaver coached at Russellville in 2020, resigning after the season. He has 12 years of head coaching experience and was the offensive coordinator for multiple state titles at Greenwood.

The head coaching numbers do not tell the full story. At Mena, Weaver inherited a team that had not experienced much success in years and took it to a conference title in a short time. Weaver was involved with the program at all levels and even built a relationship with the kids leagues, something that will be of value to the Paris community.

While the overall numbers may not be overwhelming to a fan base who just saw the coach with the best single-season win total depart, Weaver brings a style and pace Paris fans will likely enjoy.

Expect to see an uptempo offense with multiple four-wide sets and upwards of 70% pass to run if the previous trends continue. He has shown a willingness to bring the excitement to the special teams as well, having one media member compare him to Kevin Kelley of Pulaski Academy, who always kicks onside and refuses to punt. Fans will have to wait till the fall to see how much of that attack makes it's way to Paris.

The good news for Weaver is the returning skill players for the Eagles who are fresh off of an 11 win season and a trip to the Class 3A state quarterfinals should be able to transition to his system fairly easily.

In their spread set, the Eagles have set numerous school records, and career passing leader Chase Watts is back for his senior campaign. Duke Walker returns to the backfield as will Cooper Haley and Blake Martines on the outside at wide receiver. Weaver will get the full summer to implement his system with his new team, a benefit his predecessor did not have.

Now that the Eagles have found their man, the work to build on the efforts of last season can begin as Paris prepares to be a perennial favorite for the first time since the 1990s.