On Monday, Arizona State University will announce the official hiring of former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards to serve in the same role.
One decade was enough for Herm Edwards. It’s been approximately that long since Edwards has roamed the sidelines for a team serving in any sort of official coaching capacity, and after 10 years away from donning a headset, the longtime NFL player and coach has decided it’s time to return.
This time, Edwards will be calling the shots in college as the new head coach for Arizona State University. The school was searching for a replacement for the popular Todd Graham, who has the highest winning percentage by any previous coach for the past 30 years for the Sun Devils, but he was still let go after a 7-5 year in 2017.
Enter Edwards, who has been a studio analyst for ESPN in recent years and was last a head coach for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. Edwards also coached for the New York Jets and went 39-41 over five seasons there. However his Chiefs tenure was shorter and much worse with an overall record after three years of 15-33. That said, Edwards had nearly zero talent to work with, including a quarterback stable of Tyler Thigpen, Damon Huard, Brodie Croyle and the like.
Nevertheless, the Sun Devils are excited to have their man, a former NFL player with three decades of knowledge and expertise from the highest level of the sport.
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Edwards said he felt the fit was ideal enough for him to return back to coaching as a vocation and that he was “excited and humbled” at the possibility.
"“Passion for my faith, my family and my occupation as a football coach are the things that have driven me back to the grass,” Edwards said. “…I stand ready for the challenge of working with them to elevate Sun Devil Football. I am very excited and humbled to be the Arizona State head football coach.”"
Edwards will face a significant learning curve as he adjusts to the world of recruiting while also learning the ins and outs of his new job and surroundings. But Chiefs fans should remember well his passionate approach and it’s that spark that should help him get the most out of his staff and players at ASU.