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From the president

HERM EDWARDS NAMED THE 10TH HEAD COACH IN KANSAS CITY CHIEFS HISTORY

Jan 09, 2006, 2:39:00 PM

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Chiefs Head Coach Herm Edwards Press Conference
CHIEFS PRESIDENT CARL PETERSON ON HEAD COACH HERM EDWARDS
QB TRENT GREEN ON HEAD COACH HERM EDWARDS
DICK VERMEIL ON HEAD COACH HERM EDWARDS
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT HERM EDWARDS
CHIEFS GIVEN PERMISSION TO TALK TO HERM EDWARDS
Herm Edwards Bio - PDF
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Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Monday that he has appointed Herm Edwards as the 10th head coach in Chiefs history. Edwards agreed to a four-year contract with the club. Per Chiefs policy, no other terms of the agreement were made available. As compensation for Edwards, the Chiefs have traded a fourth-round draft choice in 2006 to the N.Y. Jets.edwards1

“We selected Herm Edwards because he is without question one of the most qualified head football coaches in the NFL today,” Peterson commented. “He has the experience of five years as a Head Coach, five years as an Assistant Head Coach and almost 10 years as a position coach in the NFL. Herm has coached players and teams in playoff games and he has won playoff games.

“Herm knows what the National Football League is all about. He is a man of integrity, family and great passion for the game. He coaches all aspects of the game, and he coaches them well. Herm has tremendous relationships with players and coaches throughout the League. Exclusive of my personal relationship with Herm Edwards, this organization has hired Herm Edwards for his outstanding personal and positive characteristics. His teams have always been at the top of the league in fewest penalties, giveaway/takeaway ratio and sound fundamentals. Herm’s teams are always well disciplined and well coached.”

Edwards embarks on his sixth season as an NFL head coach in 2006, his 27th overall season in the league as either a player, scout or a coach. He arrives in Kansas City after a five-year stint as the head coach of the N.Y. Jets (2001-05). He concluded his tenure with the Jets with 39 regular season wins, the third-highest victory total in franchise history behind only Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Weeb Ewbank (71) and Joe Walton (53). Edwards was on the sideline for five postseason contests with the Jets, the best total of any field general in Jets annals. He registered 35 victories as New York’s head coach from 2001-04, tying Walton (’83-86) for the most regular season wins by any coach in his initial four years with the franchise.

In total, Edwards compiled a 39-41 regular season record in five seasons as the head coach of the Jets. Including a 2-3 postseason mark, he owns an overall 41-44 record as an NFL head coach. He was the first coach in Jets history to lead the franchise to the postseason on three different occasions, winning the AFC East title in 2002, while earning Wild Card berths with 10-6 marks in both 2001 and 2004. During the 2002 campaign, the Jets bounced back from a 2-5 start to finish the year at 9-7 and went on to register the first postseason shutout in franchise history with a 41-0 victory in the AFC Wild Card Game vs. Indianapolis (1/4/03). In 2004, Edwards guided New York to its first road playoff win since the ‘82 season with a dramatic 20-17 OT victory at San Diego (1/8/05).

Noted for fielding fundamentally-sound, disciplined teams during his tenure in New York, Edwards’ Jets squad was the NFL’s least-penalized team from 2001-05, getting flagged just 399 times for 3,236 yards over that five-year span, totals that were both the lowest in the league. Over the past five seasons under Edwards, the Jets also owned a +33 turnover differential (143 takes/110 gives), the second-best mark in the NFL. Only Tampa Bay at +34 (167 takes/133 gives) was better. In fact, no team committed fewer turnovers over that timeframe than the Jets (110), while only Jacksonville (57) threw fewer interceptions than New York (64).

Prior to joining the Jets, Edwards spent five seasons serving as assistant head coach/defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, working under current Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy. Thanks in large part to the Buccaneers defense led by Dungy, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and Edwards, Tampa Bay won its first NFC Central title in 18 years in ‘99 and reached its first NFC Championship Game in 20 years as the squad posted an 11-5 record. Under Edwards’ guidance in the secondary, Tampa Bay finished in the NFL’s top 10 in pass defense in four of his five seasons with the club. S John Lynch earned three Pro Bowl berths under Edwards’ tutelage, while CB Donnie Abraham also earned Pro Bowl recognition following the 2000 campaign.

A familiar face in the Chiefs organization, Edwards served as a scout for Kansas City from ‘90-91 before joining Marty Schottenheimer’s staff as defensive backs coach (’92-94), filling the vacancy left by Dungy, who departed to become defensive coordinator of theedwards2 Minnesota Vikings. CB Dale Carter was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year with Edwards as his position coach in ‘92 and later earned his initial Pro Bowl berth working under Edwards following the ‘94 campaign. He later served as a pro personnel scout with the Chiefs in ‘95 before joining Dungy’s staff in Tampa Bay in ‘96.

Edwards’ original experience with the franchise came at training camp in ‘89 as the recipient of the club’s Minority Coaching Fellowship. Since the inception of the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program in ‘87, over 1,100 coaches have participated. Edwards is the first graduate of the Minority Coaching Fellowship to go on to become the head coach of the franchise for which he served his fellowship.

The Monmouth, New Jersey native was one of nine former NFL players who served as head coaches in the league in 2005. He enjoyed a 10-year career as a cornerback in the NFL from ‘77-86 after being signed by current Chiefs President Carl Peterson as a rookie free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in ‘77. Peterson served as the Eagles Director of Player Personnel at the time, while Dick Vermeil served as the club’s head coach.

Despite his undrafted status, Edwards rapidly climbed the depth chart and was in the starting lineup by his first preseason game. He went on to start 135 consecutive regular season games for Philadelphia from ‘77-85, producing 33 INTs for 98 yards with one TD. No Philadelphia player owns more than Edwards’ 38 combined interceptions in regular and postseason action. His 33 regular season INTs are the third-best career tally in Eagles history, just one off of the team record of 34. Edwards earned second-team All-NFC honors in ‘80 and was a pivotal part of Vermeil’s ‘80 Eagles squad that advanced to Super Bowl XV. In total, Edwards was a member of four Philadelphia teams that reached the postseason, seeing duty in a total of seven playoff games during his career.

He was also a key participant in one of the most memorable plays in NFL history, “The Miracle of the Meadowlands.” Edwards scooped up a fumbled handoff attempt by N.Y. Giants QB Joe Pisarcik and raced to the end zone for a 26-yard TD to give Philadelphia a 19-17 win at Giants Stadium (11/19/78). That game was part of a late-season, four-game winning streak for the Eagles that propelled Philadelphia to its first playoff berth in 18 seasons. Edwards officially concluded his NFL playing career by announcing his retirement on November 11, 1986, after seeing duty in seven games for the L.A. Rams and Atlanta that season. He embarked on his coaching career the following year, serving as defensive backs coach at San Jose State (’87-89).

Edwards began his collegiate playing career at the University of California in ‘72. After spending the ‘73 campaign at Monterey Peninsula Junior College, he returned to Cal for the ‘74 campaign. That season he set a school single-game record that still stands, posting four interceptions in a 37-33 win vs. Washington State (11/16/74). He transferred to San Diego State for his final two seasons (’75-76) before entering the NFL ranks.

Throughout his career, Edwards has used his position in the league to serve as a positive role model and has been involved in numerous charitable efforts and philanthropic endeavors along with his wife, Lia. The many noteworthy causes supported by the Edwards’ include the Diabetes Research Institute, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In 2003, Edwards was appointed as a charter member of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which serves as a conduit between NFL minority coaches and league executives. He was also named to the Positive Coaching Alliance’s National Advisory Committee in 2003, an organization that promotes coaching in a positive manner. In 2002, he was named the Big Brother of the Year by the Catholic Big Brothers For Boys and Girls in New York. That same year, Edwards was named the recipient of the New York Sport Award as the area’s Coach of the Year.

Throughout the years, he has also hosted golf tournaments and football camps that have benefited youths and worthy causes in California, Florida and New York, including the Herm Edwards Football Camp for underprivileged children on the Monterey Peninsula in California and the Herm Edwards Charity Golf Classic that benefits the Boys & Girls Club in Seaside, California.

Edwards was born on April 27, 1954 in Monmouth, New Jersey and was raised in Seaside, California. He graduated from San Diego State with a degree in Criminal Justice. Edwards and his wife have a son Marcus, who is a student-athlete at San Diego State. The couple also has a daughter Gabrielle, born in August of 2005.

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Related Links:
Chiefs Head Coach Herman Edwards Press Conference
CHIEFS PRESIDENT CARL PETERSON ON HEAD COACH HERM EDWARDS
QB TRENT GREEN ON HEAD COACH HERM EDWARDS
DICK VERMEIL ON HEAD COACH HERM EDWARDS
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT HERM EDWARDS
CHIEFS GIVEN PERMISSION TO TALK TO HERM EDWARDS
Herm Edwards Bio - PDF
Real Video - 300k | 100k | Audio